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May 19, 2015
Generic WW2 action film but with a bunch of aging veterans taking out a German spy ship. Roger Moore is playing Bond as he should have been: charming but a little dark and dangerous.
January 24, 2014
I have to admit that I am probably a bit biased when it comes to this movie which sometimes is referred to as The Last Charge of The Calcutta Light Horse by the way. It is a classical war movie that I saw, and liked, as a kid. It also has several of my favorite actors since I was a kid in it. So needless to say I really do like this movie.

When re-watching it yesterday I really enjoyed seeing characters like Gregory Peck and David Niven again. They are part of a time when movie characters could be funny, strong and quite macho without being totally overdone and foul-mouthed. David Niven as well as a few of the other characters are just great with their British "stiff upper lip" attitude and British humor.

The story is a rather classical World War 2 adventure story even though it is based on an actual event. Most of the movie is the initial spy-adventure with Gregory Peck and Roger Moore followed by the preparations and boat ride into the neutral harbor of Goa. These are really the best part of the movie where the characters are really making the movie.

When the action starts at the end of the movie the characters themselves kind of get hidden behind the action which, quite frankly, is not top quality. Like many older movies these parts are a bit cartoonish, illogical and certainly not very realistic. The special effects are also, not surprisingly, up to modern standards. I never figured out what the German captain really expected to achieve with oil drums on the deck by the way. I guess it made some nice fiery scenes at the end though.

For me, watching this movie again yesterday, that was two very enjoyable hours.
½ August 15, 2013
A WWII action featuring a bunch of amateurs on a tough mission. Simple but entertaining. But how come Roger Moore is that dumb even though he is like playing James Bond? Gregory Peck and David Niven are great too.
Super Reviewer
February 21, 2013
A thrilling, enjoyable and very entertaining World War 2 adventure, that's laced with great acting, good craftsmanship, great humor and exciting action. A sharply funny and action-packed movie. A great film to watch no matter what decade its from. Gregory Peck, David Niven and Roger Moore are excellent, they have crisp and wonderful chemistry. A terrifically entertaining and wonderful movie that is just pure escapist fun from start to finish. A men on a mission classic with a bunch of old timers who clearly still got it.
½ January 26, 2013
Good Old Fashioned War Move. Love the cast and the classic storyline. Cheerio!
½ January 6, 2013
A fun movie even if 1970s attire, and post World War II cars and trucks, are seen throughout what is supposed to be a story set in 1940s India.
Super Reviewer
October 19, 2012
Exciting adventure story..amazingly based on real events. The sound editing could have been better, though.
½ October 15, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012

(1981) The Sea Wolves

Depicting a particular time in WWII history in which theirs a small group of Special Operatives Executives who are a bunch of senior men rallying together in combating some Nazis hiding in neutral waters in Goa, Turkey succeeding in transmiting signals against sinking many hidden allied war ships. The movie stars Gregory Peck, Roger Moore and David Niven portraying real life characters on a mission that was not divulge to the open public but are finally made into a film based on a book written by James Leasor from actual transcripts and directed by Andrew V. McLaglen director of some John Wayne Westerns.

It's main problem is that for a film that is two hours it sometimes feels way too long that at times one may want the story to move right along cutting to the chase for it drags.
Upon seeing this film a long time ago while flipping the channels as a young kid, initially thought I was watching Roger Moore playing the James Bond role again but was disappointed that he wasn't, but upon rewatching it again as I'm older realized that his persona is similar to it without doing very much except to act in the same movie with some veterans as Peck and Niven. If it wasn't based on true events would've given this film a mediocre rating for it's entertaining value since it sometimes feels lifeless.

3 out of 4
Super Reviewer
September 21, 2012
Was going through a box of vs. tapes I had and came across this one, so I ordered the DVD from Netflix and this film brought back many memories. Its one of the better WWII films on the market. A bunch of retired soldiers make a raid in a neutral harbor to sink 3 Nazi ships, comical and action packed. 5 Stars 9-6-12
½ August 17, 2012
Watchable, but only just. Predictable without any wolves!
½ August 8, 2012
The Peck seems to be concentrating too hard on getting the accent right, at the expense of character, but Niven is as charismatic as ever, and it's got a refreshingly serious (relatively speaking) Bond-ish performance from Rodge. Macnee, Howard et al lend solid, entertaining support. It's no Guns of Navarone or Dirty Dozen, but it's still well worth a look.
January 24, 2012
It has all the ingredients to be something great, except a well-written script and decent editing. Disappointing waste of talent.
October 31, 2011
A cracking romp that just goes to show that age is no obstacle to serving Queen and country. Made all the more remarkable given that its based upon actual events. Peck, Niven and Moore are a blast as the trio that lead the rag tag group. A great movie for Sunday afternoons after lunch.
January 18, 2011
Fun movie, great cast to play the roles. Was very entertaining and just a good watch.
November 19, 2010
Great Movie. Shot along the western coast of India. Familiar sites. Acting was superb. Very daring.
½ September 27, 2010
Good old Fashioned fun
They certainly dont make em like this anymore
September 13, 2010
August 23, 2010
Very good movie! Classic
August 11, 2010
Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, who also did Chisum (1970), The Wild Geese (1978) and North Sea Hijack (1979), this is a daring true story that took place during World War 2, and proves you're never too old to still have one last adventure. It has an amazing cast, and is a good story. Set in India during 1943, it has German U-Boats sinking British ships in the Indian Ocean, The Indian brance of British Intelligence think that information of where the British ships are located are being sent by radio transmitter to German ships based in Portuguese Goa, however, Portugal is neutral from the war, so to avoid any political altercations, British Intelligence sends a group of aging British expatriates based in Calcutta to do the job. They are Colonel Lewis Gordon Pugh (Gregory Peck), Captain Gavin Stewart (Roger Moore), Colonel W.H. Grice (David Niven), Jack Cartwright (Trevor Howard) and Major 'Yogi' Crossley (Patrick Macnee). They are members of the Calcutta Light Horse, part of the Cavalry Reserve in the British Indian Army. It's a good adventure film, and it's suspensful in places and also exciting. You don't get war films like this anymore, it even had a lot of the same crew who had worked on James Bond films of the time behind the scenes.
June 3, 2010
wow umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch..i think that gregory peck n roger moore both play good parts throughout this movie,,,i think that the director of this action/adventure movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie..this is a good movie 2 watch n its enjoyable....i think that patrick allen was really good throughout this movie,,,,,,i think that this is a really enjoyale adventure/drama/action movie 2 watch with a good cast throughout this movie
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