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Guns of Navarone
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The Guns of Navarone

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Director: J. Lee Thompson, Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn

Cast: J. Lee Thompson, Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn

 

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Join an all-star cast including David Niven, Anthony Quinn, and Gregory Peck in this high-adventure adaptation of Alistair MacLean's best-selling novel The Guns of Navarone, presented on DVD in this exciting, extra feature-intensive special-edition release from Columbia TriStar Home Video. Presented in the breathtaking original 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen

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Join an all-star cast including David Niven, Anthony Quinn, and Gregory Peck in this high-adventure adaptation of Alistair MacLean's best-selling novel The Guns of Navarone, presented on DVD in this exciting, extra feature-intensive special-edition release from Columbia TriStar Home Video. Presented in the breathtaking original 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio (enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs) this release also features a variety of audio options, including closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Surround tracks, Spanish and French Dolby Digital Mono tracks, and optional English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai subtitles. Extensive extra features include director J. Lee Thompson recalling the making of this adventure epic in a director's audio commentary track, "Retrospective Documentary: Memories of Navarone," a special message from producer Carl Foreman, four original featurettes, talent files, production notes, and theatrical trailers.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
One of the most popular World War II films ever made, The Guns of Navarone boasts a superb international cast, lavish production values, picturesque locations, cliff-hanging action, and Oscar-winning special effects. Adapted from Alistair MacLean's bestselling novel, Navarone, the film follows a team of Allied commandos that includes an American officer (Gregory Peck), a British explosives expert (David Niven), and a Greek freedom fighter (Anthony Quinn). Their landing on a Greek island and subsequent attempt to destroy a battery of huge guns deployed by Nazis in a seemingly impregnable fortress consume nearly three hours, but director J. Lee Thompson (Cape Fear) never allows the pace to flag. He keeps viewers riveted with a succession of breathtaking stunts and narrow escapes, while the actors supply top-notch performances. An intelligent, suspenseful wartime drama that garnered seven Academy Award nominations, The Guns of Navarone is just as fresh and exciting today as it was upon original release nearly 40 years ago.
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2000
UPC:
0043396721296
Original Release:
1961
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo, monaural]
Time:
2:36:00
Sales rank:
26,809

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Director's audio commentary; Retrospective documentary: "Memories of Navarone"; "A Message From Carl Foreman"; 4 original featurettes; Audio: English 5.1 [Dolby Digital], Original English 2-channel [Dolby surround], Spanish [mono], French [mono]; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Talent files; Theatrical trailers; Production notes; Interactive menus; Scene selections

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 Narrator: Jensen
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 Francis Webster Songwriter
Peter Yates Asst. Director

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
0. Menu Group #1 with 28 chapter(s) covering 02:36:28
1. Start [5:16]
2. Day 1: 2:00 Hours [7:40]
3. The team. [4:59]
4. Day 1: 18:00 Hours. [6:14]
5. Day 2: 07:30 Hours. [8:32]
6. Stormy Weather. [13:31]
7. Cliffhanger. [11:59]
8. Major problems. [2:22]
9. Day 3: 09:30 Hours. [4:29]
10. Stavros gives cover. [1:39]
11. Day 3: 20:00 Hours. [6:38]
12. Day 4: 08:00 Hours. [4:52]
13. Tunnel escape. [2:40]
14. Day 4: 15:00 Hours. [2:11]
15. The wedding party. [3:59]
16. Day 4: 21:00 Hours. [2:34]
17. The SS takes over. [3:29]
18. The monastery. [5:15]
19. Last day: 06:30 Hours. [8:07]
20. Entering the town. [:49]
21. Last day: 21:00 Hours. [2:14]
22. Traitor. [2:11]
23. The pill box. [:50]
24. The guns of Navarone. [15:54]
25. Pappadimo's last stand. [4:18]
26. Detonators & insurance. [3:22]
27. Rescue at sea. [1:10]
28. Ready, aim, FIRE. [3:09]

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The Guns of Navarone 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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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.
Sam15 More than 1 year ago
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.

Watch it and you will see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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