The Guns of Navarone

The Guns of Navarone

J Lee Thompson (1961)

150min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This classic wartime adventure is based on Alistair MacLean's bestselling novel about a daring commando raid on two giant German guns that are threatening British naval operations in the Aegean Sea. Mountaineering expert Gregory Peck is handed the task of leading the six-man mission and he's well supported by Anthony Quinn as a brooding Greek freedom fighter. Completing the wartime "Magnificent Six" are Anthony Quayle, Stanley Baker, James Darren and David Niven, who steals the acting honours here as a cynical explosives expert whose laid-back attitude is put to the test when the mission starts to go awry. Director J Lee Thompson (Cape Fear) maintains the tension despite the film's epic length and there's a typically stirring score from master composer Dimitri Tiomkin. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, it only won for special effects but then it was released in the same year as the Oscar-hoovering West Side Story.

Summary

An elite group of Allied soldiers is dispatched to sabotage vital German artillery emplacements, despite the seemingly insurmountable odds and the suspicion there is a traitor in their midst. Oscar-winning Second World War adventure, based on Alistair MacLean's novel, starring Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Baker, Anthony Quayle and Irene Papas.

Cast & Crew

Capt Mallory Gregory Peck
Cpl Miller David Niven
Andrea Stavros Anthony Quinn
CPO Brown Stanley Baker
Maj Franklin Anthony Quayle
Maria Irene Papas
Pappadimos James Darren
Anna Gia Scala
Jensen James Robertson Justice
Barnsby Richard Harris
Director J Lee Thompson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains some violence.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama