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Alistair MacLean (novel)
Carl Foreman (written for the screen by)
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Release Date:
22 June 1961 (USA) See more »
Still! The Greatest High Adventure Ever Filmed! [re-issue] See more »
A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Affectionately crafted piece of art that is sadly under-appreciated by the typical modern "soundbite" moviegoer. See more (133 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gregory Peck ... Mallory

David Niven ... Miller

Anthony Quinn ... Andrea

Stanley Baker ... Brown

Anthony Quayle ... Franklin

James Darren ... Pappadimos

Irene Papas ... Maria
Gia Scala ... Anna

James Robertson Justice ... Prologue Narrated by / Jensen (voice)

Richard Harris ... Barnsby
Bryan Forbes ... Cohn

Allan Cuthbertson ... Baker
Michael Trubshawe ... Weaver

Percy Herbert ... Sergeant Grogan
George Mikell ... Sessler

Walter Gotell ... Muesel
Tutte Lemkow ... Nicolai
Albert Lieven ... Commandant
Norman Wooland ... Group Captain
Kleo Skouloudi ... Bride
Nicholas Papakonstantinou ... Patrol Boat Captain
Christopher Rhodes ... German Gunnery Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Victor Beaumont ... German Officer in Gun Cave (uncredited)
Jack Cooper ... German Soldier on Patrol Boat (uncredited)
Carl Duering ... German Radar Operator (uncredited)

Wolf Frees ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
Peter Grant ... British Commando (uncredited)
Rosemary Nicols ... (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ... Mallory - German (uncredited)
Michael Sarne ... Extra (uncredited)
Bob Simmons ... German Soldier on Navarone (uncredited)

Directed by
J. Lee Thompson 
Writing credits
Alistair MacLean (novel) (as Alistair Maclean)

Carl Foreman (written for the screen by)

Produced by
Leon Becker .... associate producer
Cecil F. Ford .... associate producer
Carl Foreman .... producer
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
Cinematography by
Oswald Morris (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Alan Osbiston 
Production Design by
Geoffrey Drake 
Makeup Department
George Frost .... makeup artist
Wally Schneiderman .... makeup artist
Joan Smallwood .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Production Management
Harold Buck .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Yates .... assistant director
Roy Millichip .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Robert Cartwright .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Maurice Fowler .... set dresser (uncredited)
John Graysmark .... set designer (uncredited)
Frank Willson .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Cox .... sound recordist
Chris Greenham .... sound editor
George Stephenson .... sound recordist
Jack Davies .... boom operator (uncredited)
Chris Greenham .... sound effects (uncredited)
Ernest Webb .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Wally Veevers .... special effects
Bill Warrington .... special effects
Brian Gamby .... special effects (uncredited)
Jimmy Harris .... special effects (uncredited)
Fred Heather .... special effects (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
Jimmy Ward .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Bob Cuff .... visual effects (uncredited)
Bob Anderson .... stunts (uncredited)
Peter Brayham .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Philip Crawford .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Cummings .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Dunne .... stunts (uncredited)
Jock Easton .... stunts (uncredited)
Peter Grant .... stunt double: Anthony Quayle (uncredited)
Arthur Howell .... stunts (uncredited)
George Leech .... stunts (uncredited)
Rick Lester .... stunts (uncredited)
Jimmy Lodge .... stunt double: David Niven (uncredited)
Jimmy Lodge .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunt double: Anthony Quinn (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Silk .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Simmons .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Bob Simmons .... stunt double: Gregory Peck (uncredited)
Bob Simmons .... stunts (uncredited)
Doug Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Yorke .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Denys N. Coop .... camera operator (as Denys Coop)
John Wilcox .... additional photography
Kenneth Danvers .... still photographer (uncredited)
Geoff Glover .... focus puller: model unit (uncredited)
Geoff Glover .... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
Anthony Heller .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
'Bumble' Lloyd .... electrician (uncredited)
Dudley Lovell .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Ronnie Maasz .... focus puller (uncredited)
Douglas Milsome .... clapper loader: second unit (uncredited)
Martin O'Connor .... key grip (uncredited)
Mike Rutter .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Jack Sullivan .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Jimmy Turrell .... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Monty M. Berman .... wardrobe (as Monty Berman)
Olga Lehmann .... wardrobe designer (as Olga Lehman)
Editorial Department
Oswald Hafenrichter .... associate editor (as O. Hafenrichter)
Joan Morduch .... first assistant editor
Raymond Poulton .... associate editor
John Victor-Smith .... associate editor (as John Victor Smith)
Sati Tooray .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Elga Andersen .... songs sung by (as Elga Anderson)
Alfred Perry .... lyrics by
Dimitri Tiomkin .... conductor
Dimitri Tiomkin .... songs by
Paul Francis Webster .... lyrics by
Benny Carter .... music arranger: German songs (uncredited)
Michael Heindorf .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Alfred Perry .... lyricist: German songs (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Lucie Svehlova .... orchestra leader: Tadlow re-recording (uncredited)
Herbert Taylor .... music arranger: German songs (uncredited)
Herbert Taylor .... orchestrator (uncredited)
John Williams .... music arranger: exit music (uncredited)
Other crew
Fritz Bayerlein .... technical adviser (as Lt. General Fritz Bayerlein)
Pamela Davies .... continuity
P.J. Hands .... technical adviser (as Lt. Col. P.J. Hands)
Prodromos Filotheou Kertemelidis .... technical adviser (as Lt. Col. P.F. Kertemilidis)
N. Lazaridis .... technical adviser (as Major N. Lazaridis)
W.D. Mangham .... technical adviser (as Major W.D. Mangham)
Golda Offenheim .... production secretary
John Theologitis .... technical adviser (as Cmdr. John Theologitis)
D.S.T. Turnbull .... technical adviser (as Brig. Gen. D.S.T. Turnbull)
Jean Osborne .... publicist (uncredited)
Lee Turner .... continuity: second unit (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Admiralty, The  the makers of the film wish to thank, for their most generous advice and assistance (as The Admiralty)
  • Greek People, The  at the same time they wish to acknowledge a special debt of gratitude to, for their unstinting aid, co-operation, hospitality and friendship throughout those aspects of the production in Greece (as the Greek People)
  • Halas and Batchelor Cartoon Films  maps by (as Halas & Batchelor Cartoon Films Ltd.)
  • Other Departments of the Greek Government  at the same time they wish to acknowledge a special debt of gratitude to, for their unstinting aid, co-operation, hospitality and friendship throughout those aspects of the production in Greece (as many other departments of the Greek Government)
  • Royal Hellenic Air Force, The  at the same time they wish to acknowledge a special debt of gratitude to, for their unstunting aid, co-operation, hospitality and friendship throughout those aspects of the production in Greece (as The Royal Hellenic Air Force)
  • Royal Hellenic Army, The  at the same time they wish to acknowledge a special debt of gratitude to, for their unstinting aid, co-operation, hospitality and friendship throughout those aspects of the production in Greece (as The Royal Hellenic Army)
  • Royal Hellenic Navy, The  at the same time they wish to acknowledge a special debt of gratitude to, for their unstinting aid, co-operation, hospitality and friendship throughout those aspects of the production in Greece (as The Royal Hellenic Navy)
  • Sinfonia of London  music played by (as Sinfonia Of London)
  • Todd-AO Studios  sound post-production (restoration as Todd-AO/Glen Glenn)
  • War Office, The  the makers of the film wish to thank, for their most generous advice and assistance (as The War Office)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Carl Foreman's Production The Guns of Navarone" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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158 min | Sweden:156 min
Black and White (archive footage) | Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm magnetic prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Japan theatrical release) | Mono (35 mm optical prints) | Dolby (Restored version)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:G (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Ireland:G | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:U (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating: DVD additional material/audio commentary) (2006) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (1990) (1994) (2006) (uncut) | USA:Not Rated (DVD release) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Many viewers incorrectly assumed Gregory Peck's character was supposed to be an American.See more »
Revealing mistakes: After the team arrive at the top of the cliff, the German headquarters telephones the sentry post at the top of the cliff. Failing in Mallory's attempt to fool the HQ officer, the officer triggers the alarm to send a patrol to the cliff top. When the troops file into the trucks and they drive away, there is clearly a DODGE brand name visible on the second trucks' tailgate. It is unlikely that the German army was purchasing their trucks in the states.See more »
[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...
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Movie Connections:
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106 out of 129 people found the following review useful.
Affectionately crafted piece of art that is sadly under-appreciated by the typical modern "soundbite" moviegoer., 15 August 2004
Author: BreeInAZ from Gilbert, AZ

Wow - I used to think "Guns Of Navarone" was a try-hard, almost-there type of near-classic war film that had muffled sound, used a bad coloring process, was poorly lit, was limited by budget and the technology of the time. Boy, was I WRONG - I had seen this film several times, all on conventional/cable TV, VHS and even Laserdisc prior to the recent UCLA restoration now out on DVD. I never completely engaged in the reality/experience of this movie. It was as if I was listening to Beethoven's Ninth on an AM clock radio in an adjacent room. The newly-restored DVD in its original widescreen format showcased on a big screen TV in surround sound is the ONLY way to fully take in this piece of art, unless you perchance get lucky enough to see it in a cine complex.

Unless you have viewed this film in its original condition in a theater or restored, letterboxed with proper-sized screen and sound, your previous/future comments have ZERO merit, as far as I'm concerned. So many people here have commented on this film "lacking action" and being a "bore" - I could not disagree more. Although I have not read the book (something I rarely do anymore due to an unfortunate accident years ago), this movie resembled a well-written novel. It was FULL of REAL character development, bringing you mixed emotions - at times you love, feel for, loathe or despise them - even the German army officer, during the interrogation/capture scene (which I will not spoil), had a warm, admirable quality about him. I will purchase/rent/borrow an audiobook of this, if at all possible, because Alistair MacLean has some of the best written adventure material ever brought to film. The action in this film was aplenty - maybe not a Schwarzeneger thrillride, but that would have made it completely unbelievable. The character development, internal conflict and subplots more than adequately fill the non-action lulls, if you want to call them that. One reviewer here commented on a shipwreck scene of 15 minutes that seemed like forever - the entire realistic shipwreck sequence was barely five minutes long, FYI. Without going into too much "spoiling" detail, there was constant suspense while the Germans were nipping at their heels all film long. It contained espionage, several hand-to-hand combat sequences, several shootings, knifings, cars/trucks being blown up, carjackings, explosions, dive bombings, mortar bombardments, strafings, assassinations, etc. With six men and two women against several dozen Germans, you can't justifiably get much more action packed into a script unless you would unnecessarily/unrealistically insert more just to intensify the film. The film did not really need intensifying as the plot was strong enough on its own merits - as were all the characters and the subplots surrounding them.

The editing is top-notch. This film is lovingly woven into a tapestry with nice artistic dissolves/fades/graphics transitioning scenes (chapters) and furthering character development and story lines - the accompanying music only enhances those transitions like adding melted butter and/or salt to cooked vegetables enhancing their flavor. To me, this film is very warm and comfortable when it needs to be, but also cold and abrasive at times to make its social commentary. Carl Foreman scripted another great masterpiece with his usual pro/anti-war statements wrapped neatly in an entertaining adventure that makes one think. The end retrospective sequence with the Dimitri Tiomkin score is indelibly touching and unforgettable - a rather unorthodox approach for a "war movie."

The sweeping landscape photography and several cultural touches truly captured the beauty and flavor of Greece and its proud people. Ironically, when at Blockbuster, I coincidentally chose this film to view with my son - on the Opening Day of the XXVIII Olympiad, being held of course in Athens, Greece. I read somewhere that the people of Greece still hold this film in high esteem and were/are very proud of the way their nation was portrayed - they should be. Unlike many other movies made abroad, Guns Of Navarone affectionately honored its host country and its people. My 7 year-old film-making-wannabe son absolutely LOVED this movie, even better than his most recent film classic viewings... The Magnificent Seven and Bullitt. When I told him many here at IMDb said this film was boring and over-rated, he commented "are they nuts?" This coming from a kid who loves James Bond, Superman, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Star Trek, Power Rangers, Lost In Space and Jonny Quest as well as Classic Rock, film scores, Legos, Hot Wheels, plastic model kits, gymnastics and PS2. Guess there is hope for the future generation after all.

Some of the very best action/adventure films ever made have very little "constant action," FYI. I recently overheard a teen boy in a video store who said "Raiders was a slow, boring film" - of all things. No wonder the cumulative votes of classic films on IMDb do not entirely mirror or reflect what critics have historically said when they initially rated and/or reviewed them. I try to overlook the current technological advancements of today when compared with films of yesteryear in order to objectively critique a film. GUNS OF NAVARONE is no exception - made before traveling matte (blue screen) technology and CGI effects. Sure, the rear-screen projection photography and miniature work was not perfect, but no other film of its era was, either. Those factors aside, this film is EXTREMELY under-rated - this film is a stand-alone classic of its genre and amongst other all-time great films... a genuine piece of art.

Ranking just under the ten-star rated Bridge On The River Kwai, Guns Of Navarone is an instant-classic and will always be so (on a LARGE SCREEN in its original widescreen format); due to its solid foundation of high production values, endearing score, good writing, strong plot/character development, the fine actors to play those characters and loving direction. Kudos to all who worked on this film. (9.5/10)

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