The Guns of Navarone

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Overview

The guns of Navarone are huge Nazi cannons, installed on an Aegean island behind enemy lines. Anthony Quayle is the officer assigned by the British to lead a task force to put the guns out of commission. When Quayle is injured, the mission winds up in the relatively inexperienced hands of Gregory Peck. There's little love lost between Peck, explosives expert David Niven and Greek patriot Anthony Quinn, especially when it becomes known that there's a traitor in their midst. Resistance leader Irene Papas weeds out ...
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Overview

The guns of Navarone are huge Nazi cannons, installed on an Aegean island behind enemy lines. Anthony Quayle is the officer assigned by the British to lead a task force to put the guns out of commission. When Quayle is injured, the mission winds up in the relatively inexperienced hands of Gregory Peck. There's little love lost between Peck, explosives expert David Niven and Greek patriot Anthony Quinn, especially when it becomes known that there's a traitor in their midst. Resistance leader Irene Papas weeds out the traitor, but there's still those guns to take care of. Filmed on location in Rhodes and distinguished by Oscar-winning special effects, Guns of Navarone based on Alistair MacLean's best-seller was a major box-office hit of 1961; less successful was the pared-down 1977 sequel, Force Ten From Navarone.
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Special Features

Commentaries with Director J. Lee Thompson & Film Historian Stephen J. Rubin; ; 3 Documentaries: Forging the Guns of Navarone, Ironic epic of Heroism and Memories of Navarone; 8 Featurettes including Epic Restoration and Great Guns; ; Blu-ray Exclusive: The Resistance Dossier of Navarone - Interactive Feature
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
1961's The Guns of Navarone is proof that excitement and drama have always owed more to good storytelling than to computer graphics and hurtling asteroids. A classic underdog war tale, the film boasts strong human drama and intense emotional involvement, thanks in large part to the compelling performances of Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, David Niven, and Anthony Quayle. The huge scale of the production -- hundreds of extras were used in the on-location Mediterranean shoot -- adds to the film's realistic tension. Navarone took home an Academy Award for its special effects; writer Carl Foreman would be nominated for Best Screenplay for his first official screen credit since being blacklisted. Some rental copies may contain unnecessary edits and dubbing; look for the restored version.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2011
  • UPC: 043396160934
  • Original Release: 1961
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Fran├žais
  • Time: 2:36:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 667

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gregory Peck Capt. Keith Mallory
David Niven Corporal Miller
Anthony Quinn Col. Andrea Stavrov
Stanley Baker CPO Butcher Brown
Anthony Quayle Maj. Roy Franklin
James Darren Pvt. Spiro Pappadimos
Richard Harris Squadron Leader Barnsby
Irene Papas Maria Pappadimos
Gia Scala Anna
Bryan Forbes Cohn
Allan Cuthbertson Maj. Baker
Michael Trubshawe Maj. Weaver
Percy Herbert Grogan
George Mikell Sessler
Walter Gotell Muesel
Tutte Lemkow Nicholai
James Robertson Justice Voice Only
Albert Lieven Commandant
Norman Wooland Patrol's Captain
Christopher Rhodes German Gunnery Officer
Technical Credits
J. Lee Thompson Director
Monty M. Berman Costumes/Costume Designer
Geoffrey Drake Production Designer
Cecil F. Ford Producer
Carl Foreman Producer, Screenwriter
Maurice Fowler Set Decoration/Design
George Frost Makeup
Olga Lehmann Costumes/Costume Designer
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
Alan Osbigton Editor
Alfred Perry Songwriter
Wally Schneiderman Makeup
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Wally Veevers Special Effects
Bill Warrington Special Effects
Paul Webster Songwriter
Peter Yates Asst. Director
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The best old movie ever

    I have seen it once and went to buy the original DVD edition brought into HMV of Birmingham in 2004 and since then I like to watch it when ever I feel like it and never get burred from it at all.<BR/><BR/>Watch it and you will see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    pretty good action-filled movie

    hi, I am in high school and i watched the movie in class. It was particularly boring at first, but once i got into the movie it was filled with lot's of action, suspense, betrayal, bravery and so on.. it is a must-see film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Twelve thumbs up!

    This baby will keep you glued to the TV from beginning to end. Great plot, great actors, great action, great adventure, and a few laughs here and there. This ranks on the top of my list.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Is Top-Notch Action Fare!!

    A group of Allied Commandos (Gregory Peck, Anthony Quayle, David Niven,Anthony Quinn, Stanley Baker, and James Darren) is given the seemingly impossible task of destroying two huge and formidable German guns that are located in an impregnable mountaintop fortress. The guns have sunk numerous Allied ships crossing the Aegean, and the Commandos are working against the clock to complete their mission before the monstrous guns claim more victims. Peck assumes leadership of the group when Quayle is hurt. After they meet up with Greek Resistance Fighters, matters soon become complicated when it becomes apparent that there is a traitor among them who is giving information to the Germans. Add to this Niven's explosives expert who is antagonistic towards Peck, and you have a first-rate action movie. Filmed in glorious technicolor and on location at Rhodes, this movie has fine acting, strong direction by J. Lee Thompson, exciting action scenes, and concise, believable dialogue that take you along on this 2 and 1/2 hour adventure and leave you wanting more. Irene Papas and Gia Scala as Greek Resistance Fighters lend strong support to the cast. This movie is every bit as good and entertaining today as it was in 1961 when I saw it as a 10-year-old boy.

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