The Guns Of Navarone

  • 1961
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Adventure, War

This WWII spectacle, with its cliched story, hackneyed characters, and triumph-over-impossible-odds finale, could only have been born in a Hollywood dream tank; nevertheless, it's great adventure. British intelligence learns that two enormous guns have been installed on the Aegean island of Navarone. The long-range field pieces are capable of destroying...read more

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This WWII spectacle, with its cliched story, hackneyed characters, and triumph-over-impossible-odds finale, could only have been born in a Hollywood dream tank; nevertheless, it's great adventure.

British intelligence learns that two enormous guns have been installed on the Aegean island of Navarone. The long-range field pieces are capable of destroying any British fleet trying to sail to Kheros, near Turkey, where a large British force is facing annihilation unless it is evacuated. It's

the job of Captain Mallory (Gregory Peck) and a handful of men to land secretly on Navarone and dismantle the guns. The group includes killers Private Pappadimos (James Darren) and CPO Brown (Stanley Baker), explosives expert Corporal Miller (David Niven), and tough Greek patriot Andrea Stavros

(Anthony Quinn). Meeting the men along the way are resistance leader Maria (Irene Papas) and Anna (Gia Scala), a beautiful Greek girl who was reportedly tortured by the Germans.

There are a few subplots in this stirring spectacle--Miller's dislike for Mallory's dispassionate procedures, Stavros's grudge against Mallory for an old disservice--but the destruction of the guns is the constant theme. It's handled well by veteran director J. Lee Thompson, with strong cast

support and excellent production values that make it all lavish, rich, and often breathtaking. A sequel starring Harrison Ford, FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE, appeared 17 years later.

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