1970s Force 10 From Navarone (1978)

Published on November 29th, 2007 | by Chris

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Force 10 From Navarone (1978)


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On November 29, 2007
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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.

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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Description

A British major and a U.S. colonel lead commandos sent to blow up a Yugoslav bridge the Nazis need.

DVD Information

Binding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Brand: FORD,HARRISON/SHAW,
Manufacturer: MGM (Video & DVD)
Original Release Date:
Actors:
  • Harrison Ford
  • Robert Shaw
  • Edward Fox
  • Franco Nero
  • Barbara Bach

Features

  • Factory sealed DVD

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as the original, July 27, 2016
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Not quite as good as the original. This movie feels a little draggy or flat in spots. Maybe this is caused by the anti-climatic feel you get if you are too familiar with "The Guns of Navarone." It appears to have been a little difficult to follow Gregory Peck, David Niven, and Anthony Quinn even it was nearly 20 years later. Those guys were just fantastic actors. However, I would not pass on Force 10; it is fun if nothing else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CHECK OUT FOR YOURSELF!, January 11, 2002
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This review is from: Force 10 From Navarone (DVD)
this movie was excellent for its time and story.
Loved the character Miller and his drool sense of humor and the combination of Shaw and Ford was actually very, very good. A very good indication of Ford's heading for stardom. He just needed and got the right vehicles. [stories]
The color, the backgrounds, the acting was well worth a second and a third viewing.
Was appreciative of Carl Weathers combination [again] with Ford and loved Nero's eyes, they speak to you without words, this is a sign of an excellent actor.
Probably shouldn't say it but I love a movie with horses [of any kind] in it. It was a speaking contrast in the lives of the people.
Please do not take into consideration poor CA's comments as he had a bad product and has nothing to do with the movie. His voting is not worthy of the movie.
Excellent movie for 1978 and the subject matter - I will definitely be watching it again. Not on par with the classics but worth recommending.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite WWII movie shines in Blu-ray, March 25, 2009
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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 action adventure war movie. In fact the Jimmy Carter White House picked the movie only weeks before its December 1978 opening to be the Thanksgiving movie to be screened at Camp David.
The movie was previously released on DVD in 2000 in what was a simply horrible transfer with scratches and print dirt all over the place. Even so I would watch it over and over again, reveling in a 1978-era nostalgia when, as a seven-year-old, I would sit in the local town hall (which once a month was converted into a movie theater) wowed by the action unfolding on the screen.
The problems with that release have been mostly rectified for this Blu-ray release which is simply pristine in comparison. It's not the best Blu-ray release I have ever seen, with a large degree of softness and some grain but it... Read more
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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.

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I've been watching war movies for probably 25 years now. Since December 2006 I've been sharing my habit and passion for these movies here on this site.



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