Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Sea Wolves (1980)

Synopsis: 007 teams up with old farts to thwart U-boats off the coast of India.

Blurb From the DVD Jacket: “They were the unlikeliest heroes of World War II – the gray-haired veterans of the Calcutta Light Horse, who hadn’t seen action since the Boer War, but were fated to become The Sea Wolves. Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, David Niven, Trevor Howard and Patrick Macnee head the top-notch cast of this retelling of the wartime exploits hidden until the 1978 British Official Secrets Act lifted security restrictions.”

What Did I Learn?: It must be really easy to dispose of a dead body from a hotel room, because it happens more than once, and nobody gets into any trouble.

Really?: 1) Our heroes stole a river boat from poor Indians? That was a bit low... couldn’t they have just bought one, as the real Culcutta Light Horse did in real-life? 2) It also seemed a bit un-Bondish when Roger Moore threatened the lives of the Governor-General’s kids in order to get him to play ball. 3) In spite of the DVD jacket, neither Roger Moore nor David Niven ever wore a German uniform in this movie.

Rating: Partially based on a true story, The Sea Wolves is a fun little action/spy movie. 8/10 stars.

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