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The Guns of Navarone (1961)

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A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel.



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Prologue Narrated by / Jensen (voice)
Bryan Forbes ...
Michael Trubshawe ...
Sergeant Grogan
George Mikell ...


Two powerful German guns control the seas past the Greek island of Navarone making the evacuation of endangered British troops on a neighboring island impossible. Air attack is useless so a team of six Allied and Greek soldiers is put ashore to meet up with partisans to try and dynamite the guns. The mission is perilous enough anyway but are the Germans on the island getting further help too?. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Release Date:

22 June 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System) (35 mm magnetic prints)| (70 mm prints) (Japan theatrical release)| (35 mm optical prints)| (Restored version)


(archive footage)| (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
Prologue Narrator: Greece and the islands of the Aegean Sea have given birth to many myths and legends of war and adventure. And these once-proud stones, these ruined and shattered temples bear witness to the civilization that flourished and then died here and to the demigods and heroes who inspired those legends on this sea and these islands. But, though the stage is the same, ours is a legend of our own times, and its heroes are not demigods, but ordinary people. In 1943, so the story goes, 2000 ...
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Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Alfred Perry
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A great WWII film
24 November 2001 | by (Long Island, New York) – See all my reviews

The Guns of Navarone is a classic WWII film. The movie is about a group of Allied soldiers (Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Baker, James Darren, and Anthony Quayle) whose mission is to destroy the Nazis most powerful weapon which is the guns on Navarone. Will they be able to make it without being caught? This movie is great. The acting by Peck, Niven, and Quinn is A+. The special effects were great and they still amazed me. I recommend this movie to all.


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