1960s The Guns of Navarone (1961)

Published on April 23rd, 2007 | by Chris

2

The Guns of Navarone (1961)


Reviewed by:
Rating:
4
On April 23, 2007
Last modified:October 4, 2012

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!

The Guns of Navarone (Collector's Edition) The Guns of Navarone (Collector's Edition)
List Price: $9.99
Sale Price: $7.00
You save: $2.99 (30%)
  Eligible for free shipping!
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days

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:
  • Gregory Peck
  • David Niven
  • Anthony Quinn
  • Stanley Baker
  • Anthony Quayle

Features

  • ACTION/ADVENTURE
  • Run Time: 157
  • Release Date: 10/16/2012
  • PG
  • GREGORY PECK ANTHONY QUINN

Reviews

Customer Reviews
Average Customer Review

3.0 out of 5 stars Some visual shortcomings, but still a good story., April 11, 2017
By 
Raisuli the Magnificent (SF Bay Area, CA United States) - See all my reviews
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
The bad first; this does not look like a 4k transfer to me. In fact it looks like an attempt to restore the broadcast print with some digital inserts of perhaps footage that was lost. The image seems grainier than I remember it, and it almost looks like someone got the anamorphic aspect lens wrong when it came to either transferring this to digital or video format because some of the faces, in particular David Niven and Gregory Peck's faces look somewhat squat in a few shots. If what I've cited here is in fact true, and not my imagination, then it's a shame, and this film deserves a better transfer.

The positives; it's a good WW2 Adventure yarn about taking out some massive gun emplacements on a captured Greek Island. It's got highs, it's got lows, it's got close shaves, narrow escapes, espionage black-ops stuff in a 1940s WW2 manner, and just a real good action film to watch that didn't rely on too many SFX shots.

Some bad SFX pop up; notably the gun... Read more
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Collector's Edition DVD, June 13, 2016
By 
Eric B. (Charlotte, NC) - See all my reviews
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: The Guns of Navarone (Collector's Edition) (DVD)
I really enjoyed viewing the Guns of Navarone Collector's Edition Regular DVD. They did really nice job on restoring this movie (video+audio are excellent), and it has a really nice extras/bonus disk as well as commentary tracks. Movie is excellent as well. It's one of the best commando type WWII movies. I had forgotten about the movie until GetTV (owned by Sony/Columbia pictures) showed the movie. This is a long movie so enjoyed seeing it on dvd without interruptions (I only saw a portion on GETTV because it was 4 hours with commericals). I'm sure bluray is slightly better, but this Collector's DVD is an excellent way to view the film.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Film To Watch At Night, March 25, 2015
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This is a great Alistair MacLean story with an all-star cast. I watch this movie over and over because the writing is top notch and the characters unforgettable. Two things keep me from giving this five stars: the lighting is very dark, many night scenes shot during the day with a night filter so viewing the movie in anything by extreme darkness is a little annoying. The second thing that always bothers me is one scene where German troops are moving out in trucks to search for the commandos. As the troop tuck pulls away - again, night scene shot during the day with filter - the tailgate of the truck is clearly marked DODGE. Maybe in the next restoration they can blur that out using digital effects!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Share your thoughts with other customers:
 See all 792 customer reviews...

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!

4.2


User Rating: 0 (0 votes)


About the Author

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

Leave a Reply

Back to Top ↑
  • Subscribe via E-mail!

    Get notifications, exclusive contests and offers, and more!
    * = required field
  • More War Movies

  • Large Association of Movie Blogs
  • Recent Comments

  • Facebook

  • Archives