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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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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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$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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James Darren has fewer than 10 lines of dialog. His first line is "Watch out!" during the scene with Nicolai, the laundry boy. See more »

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When Miller goes to tell Mallory about Franklin's injuries, Pappadimos and Brown are seen in the background standing by the unconscious Franklin, and Pappadimos starts to turn to his left to go to pick up his rifle. But in the close-up, as Brown expands on Miller's description of Franklin's medical needs, Pappadimos is suddenly back standing next to Brown, then turns to his right to go retrieve his gun. 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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Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
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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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