Published on November 29th, 2007 | by Chris1
Force 10 From Navarone (1978)
In this sequel to the eternal 1961 classic The Guns of Navarone, two of the same characters return to join a new mission and a new squad into enemy territory. The result doesn't carry the same punch or weight as the original, but still puts Force 10 From Navarone into the realm of the semi-classic Saturday afternoon fare.
Of course that's partly due to the replacement of Peck and Niven in the roles of Mallory (Robert Shaw) and Miller (Edward Fox). But hey, it is 16 years since the original, so what do we want, right? The leader of this mission is Lt. Col. Barnsby, played by the newly-made-famous-as-Han-Solo Harrison Ford. And unfortunately, he's just merely average here. Also along for the ride (literally in the sense of the film) is Carl Weathers as Sgt. Weaver.
The mission? They're to assassinate, er, sorry, eliminate a traitor who sold them out the first time around. But things are never that simple, and after getting captured, and escaping, and going back and freeing the rest of the gang, they discover the real mission of Force 10: To destroy a key bridge so the Germans can't advance into this part of Yugoslavia. That figures!
Long story short, the bridge is destroyed, the traitor is really a German spy, and is subsequently eliminated anyway. Yeah its about that simple. Of course nothing goes off like its supposed to, and that's part of what makes the movie fun, is how the team overcomes the curveballs thrown at them.
What surprised me though is the poor marks this picture generally receives. I don't know, I actually didn't find that much to really gripe about. It's a fun action picture more than anything, and in that respect its really quite good. Sure its not all that accurate in most respects, and it doesn't need to be. There are a lot of humorous bits thrown in to boot, most revolving around the ever-irreverent Sgt. Miller and the wayward Sgt. Weaver.
Also appearing is Richard Kiel as the imposing native German collaborator Capt. Drazak. You might remember him better as James Bond's nemesis Jaws... and Michael Byrne as the German Commander, who would later pair up again with Ford in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as, well, another German Commander type.
All-in-all, Force 10 From Navarone makes for a good Saturday, nothing-else-to-watch, popcorn muncher, but don't go looking for any profound statements on war and the duality of man or really any deeper meaning at all.
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A British major and a U.S. colonel lead commandos sent to blow up a Yugoslav bridge the Nazis need.
DVD InformationBinding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Manufacturer: MGM (Video & DVD)
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- Harrison Ford
- Robert Shaw
- Edward Fox
- Franco Nero
- Barbara Bach
- Factory sealed DVD
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A movie that would get a lot more respect if it didn't have the name "Navarone" attached to it,
This review is from: Force 10 From Navarone (DVD)You really cannot go wrong with any movie that stars Robert Shaw, Harrison Ford, Barbara Bach and Edward Fox and this movie - although blasted by the critics upon its release really is a great war movie.
Many saw this as a dissapointment due to its attachment to the Guns of Navarone, but if it is taken up on its own merits then one can see that this is really nothing more than a fun movie for funs sake, no serious character studies here and the movie is all the better for it.
Bond fans will notice a number of actors in this movie that had already occupied roles in the Bond franchise or would go on to appesar in the series. In addition to Shaw (from "From Russia With Love") and Bach (who was fresh off playing the Russian spy Anya Amasova in "The Spy Who Loved Me") and Edward Fox (who would go on to play M in the rogue 007 movie "Never Say Never Again") there is also Bach's co-star from "The Spy Who Loved Me" Richard Kiel, who was riding high as somewhat of a cultural icon... Read more
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great old war movie that had some great actors in ...,
This review is from: Force 10 from Navarone (Amazon Video)
Great old war movie that had some great actors in it. Robert Shaw, a young Harrison Ford, Carl Weathers, and Richard Kiel. Maybe a little far fetched at times, but a classic.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not great, but good enough,
This review is from: Force 10 from Navarone Blu-ray (Blu-ray)
Not as good as "The Guns of Navarone", but that is a high bar to cross. Harrison Ford was still learning his craft and it shows in a couple of spots.
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Summary: All-in-all, Force 10 From Navarone makes for a good Saturday, nothing-else-to-watch, popcorn muncher, but don't go looking for any profound statements on war and the duality of man or really any deeper meaning at all.