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The Sea Wolves
Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen
Produced by Euan Lloyd
Written by Reginald Rose
Starring Gregory Peck
Roger Moore
David Niven
Trevor Howard
Barbara Kellerman
Patrick Macnee
Music by Roy Budd
Distributed by Paramount
Release date(s) 1980
Running time 120 m
Country  United Kingdom
 United States
Language English

The Sea Wolves is a 1980 war film starring Gregory Peck, Roger Moore and David Niven. The film is based on the book Boarding Party by James Leasor, which itself is based on a real incident which took place in the Second World War. The incident involved The Calcutta Light Horse's covert attack against a German merchant ship which had been transmitting information to U-boats from Mormugao Harbour in neutral Portugal's territory of Goa on 9 March 1943.



During World War II, German submarines are sinking thousands of tons of British merchant shipping. British intelligence, based in India, believe information is being passed to the U-Boats by a radio transmitter hidden on board one of three German ships interned in Portuguese Goa. Since Portugal is neutral, the ships cannot be attacked by conventional forces. British intelligence approach a territorial unit of ageing British expatriates to carry out the mission on their behalf.

Historical basis

The film notes in its closing credits that during the first 11 days of March 1943, the U-boats sank 12 Allied ships in the Indian Ocean. But, after the Light Horse raid on Goa, only one ship was lost in the remainder of the month.


The film reunited much of the cast and crew from 1978's The Wild Geese, including Roger Moore, Kenneth Griffith, writer Reginald Rose, producer Euan Lloyd, director Andrew V. McLaglen, designer Syd Cain and composer Roy Budd.

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