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The Guns of Navarone (1961)

 -  Action | Adventure | Drama  -  22 June 1961 (USA)
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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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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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22 June 1961 (USA)  »

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Carl Foreman's Production The Guns of Navarone  »

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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)

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2.35 : 1
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In the shot establishing the outdoor cafe, a waiter is seen serving two men at a table. This exact shot is used again later to establish that the action has returned here. Other shots a re-used as well. See more »

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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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Still to be beaten for excitement and fine acting
31 August 2005 | by (Milton, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I was part of the crew that worked on this movies, nothing great just a worker but I must say that it was a great experience to do so and in my opinion it turned out to be one of the best films ever produced about the war. It was a very friendly set indeed and all the stars were very profession. right from the start to the finish it was exciting with plenty of action. I'm not going to spoil it for anyone just to say that I give it a 10 and always enjoy seeing it over and over along with saying that I was part of making a excellent film. The party after the film had wrapped up shooting is another story for another time I assure you. Thank You. M J Wareham


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