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The Guns of Navarone

  • Drama
  • 1961
  • J Lee Thompson
  • 150 mins
  • PG

Summary

Classic Second World War adventure, based on Alistair MacLean's bestseller, starring Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn. Buried deep in the solid rock of a cliff and impregnable to assault by plane or ship, the German guns on the Greek island of Navarone must be destroyed if the lives of two thousand British soldiers are to be saved. A crack team of commandos is assembled for this perilous mission, each with a special and deadly talent.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Capt MalloryGregory Peck
Cpl MillerDavid Niven
Andrea StavrosAnthony Quinn
CPO BrownStanley Baker
Maj FranklinAnthony Quayle
PappadimosJames Darren
MariaIrene Papas
AnnaGia Scala
JensenJames Robertson-Justice
BarnsbyRichard Harris
CohnBryan Forbes
BakerAllan Cuthbertson

Crew

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DirectorJ Lee Thompson

Details

Guidance
Contains some violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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