1960s The Guns of Navarone (1961)

Published on April 23rd, 2007 | by Chris

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The Guns of Navarone (1961)


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On April 23, 2007
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Summary:

It's gritty, especially for the time, and it accomplishes it without going over the top. Dark, thoughtful, and packed full of action and suspense. If you've never seen it, do so. Now!

The Guns of Navarone (1961)If ever there was a film that would belong in a "top ten war movies of all time" list, this would be it.

Starring legends Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, and more stellar players, it is one of those movies that was "before its time" if you will.

The basic plot is simple enough, a team of Allied and Greek soldiers set out to destroy a Nazi gun emplacement carved into the hillside of the Greek island of Navarone. However the film delves far beyond that.

It evolves into a dark and grim exploration of the choices and responsibilities laid upon our fighting men, and additionally those who take up the cause out of uniform.

Take for example Niven's character, the forever-Corporal Miller. He's been stuck at corporal for a long long time, and the reason becomes clear. Even though he's the best at what he does, he despises what he has to do, and doesn't want the responsibility that comes with the ranks of officer.

There are a lot of tense moments dealing with situations such as this. Peck's Mallory is also torn between his past actions (and the consequences of such) and what "the job" entails.

It's gritty, especially for the time, and it accomplishes it without going over the top. Dark, thoughtful, and packed full of action and suspense. If you've never seen it, do so. Now!

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Description

This rousing, explosive 1961 WWII adventure, based on Alistair MacLean's thrilling novel, turns the war thriller into a deadly caper film. Gregory Peck heads a star-studded cast charged with a near impossible mission: destroy a pair of German guns nestled in a protective cave on the strategic Mediterranean island of Navarone, from where they can control a vital sea passage...

DVD Information

Binding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Brand: Sony
Manufacturer: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Original Release Date:
Actors:
  • James Robertson Justice
  • Stanley Baker
  • David Niven
  • Anthony Quayle
  • Anthony Quinn

Features

  • Factory sealed DVD

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The Guns of Navarone (1961) Chris

Summary: It's gritty, especially for the time, and it accomplishes it without going over the top. Dark, thoughtful, and packed full of action and suspense. If you've never seen it, do so. Now!

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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.



2 Responses to The Guns of Navarone (1961)

  1. 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 1

  2. As is usually the case for a Memorial Day Weekend, several cable/satellite networks will be chock full of classic war movies this coming weekend. Namely Turner Classic Movies, Fox Movie Channel, and AMC. I’m sure there are many more but these are “The B

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