Friday, March 20, 2015

Cinema Cycle - The Sea Wolves


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

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DATE VIEWED: 03/202/2015


FORMAT: DVD

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 50 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 27.5 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 1338.8

SYNOPSIS: A retired unit of British cavalry is recruited to sabotage several German ships that lay at anchor in a neutral port during World War II.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: The last hurrah before we get to old to accomplish anything.  Aging movie stars don’t always have walk on parts in blockbusters.  Sometimes they make real stinkers later in their career.

PROS AND CONS: By looking at the dust jacket, this had all the making for an interesting film.  Alas it wasn’t.  Not even the talent of Gregory Peck and David Niven can salvage this WWII drama/comedy(?).
My impression from watching this, is that a bunch of aging British thespians wanted an excuse to take a holiday and make a movie while they were at it.  “Say, Johnny, want to spend a month in India and make a movie while we are there?”.  That sort of thing.  
Gregory Peck does his best Atticus Finch in uniform, Roger Moore is basically James Bond in uniform, and David Niven is just looking old and tired in this film.  The location shooting is interesting since it was primarily shot in India.  However the sound quality on this DVD was awful.  I had to put on headphones to understand what most of the dialog was.  Much of the time it sounded like the actors were talking at the bottom of a well.  
The film is based on a true story, about old retired cavalrymen boarding a freighter and sinking it.  Which comes off here as a bunch of rowdy old men getting drunk and playing with guns.  Hardly what I would hope for from Peck, Moore and Niven.

To read an overview of this project, check out the initial post for this series.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.