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Director:
Writers:
Alistair MacLean (novel)
Carl Foreman (written for the screen by)
Contact:
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Release Date:
22 June 1961 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Still! The Greatest High Adventure Ever Filmed! [re-issue] See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
This has everything that I'm looking for in a classic war movie... See more (125 total) »

Cast

  (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 ... Grogan
George Mikell ... Sessler

Walter Gotell ... Muesel
Tutte Lemkow ... Nicolai
Albert Lieven ... Commandant
Norman Wooland ... Group Captain
Cleo Scouloudi ... Bride
Nicholas Papakonstantinou ... Patrol Boat Captain
Christopher Rhodes ... German Gunnery Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor Beaumont ... German Officer in Gun Cave (uncredited)

Victor Buono ... Greek Cleric at Wedding Plaza (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)
 
Stunts
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)
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)
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 design (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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Runtime:
158 min | Sweden:156 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
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)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:G (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | 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?

Trivia:
When Mallory says of Stavros: "He's from Crete; those people don't make idle threats", he's inverting the famous quote by the Cretan philosopher Epimenides, that "all Cretans are liars". The end of the movie reveals which of the two is right.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The mouth of the cave is much narrower than the cave itself. This would limit the the range and field of fire of the guns.See more »
Quotes:
[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:
Featured in Memories of Navarone (2000) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Guns of NavaroneSee more »

FAQ

Cary Grant---Was He Suppose to Star in "Navarone"?
"Navarone"---Was the Film Blacked-Out in New York?
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33 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
This has everything that I'm looking for in a classic war movie..., 11 August 2005
Author: Philip Van der Veken from Tessenderlo, Belgium

Ever since I was a little boy, I've watched several classic war movies with my father. He was an absolute fan of this kind of movies and I guess I've inherited that passion from him, because since then I try to watch and buy as many (classic) war movies as I can find. So far I already have several of them in my private DVD collection, but until now, "The Guns of Navarone" wasn't a part of it. The main reason for that is because I hadn't seen it before and therefor didn't know what to expect of it. But now that it was finally shown on television, I was able to tape it and to watch it.

When in 1943 the Germans are attempting to bully neutral Turkey into joining the Axis, 2,000 British troops are trapped on the small and strategically unimportant Greek island Kiros. Something has to be done to save them and there is only one way to get there: by boat. But it's impossible to come near to the island because the only sea route is defended by two gigantic German anti-ship batteries, deployed in a massive cliff side bunker on the island of Navarone. An air attack has been attempted before and proved to be useless and the only option that is left is sending a team of six Greek and English mountaineers to meet up with partisans to try and dynamite the guns. The team does not only face the almost impossible task to conquer the difficult terrain, they also have to try to get past a German garrison and to make things worse, there also appears to be a traitor among them...

About one thing I'm already certain: I'll buy this movie on DVD as soon as I can find it. This is one of the better classic war movies that I've seen lately and I really had a good time watching it. Not only does it give a more realistic view on the war, the characters are also a lot more realistic. They aren't as invincible as you sometimes see in other classic war movies (think for instance of "Where Eagles Dare (1968)"), in which the Americans or other allies seem to carry some kind of magic shield around them that can't be penetrated by German bullets, while they can kill hundreds of the enemy with only one bullet. In this movie they have to deal with all kinds of difficulties like difficult terrain, a traitor,... and yes, even the good guys can get killed or wounded.

What I also liked was the fact that this movie was shot in Greece and therefor gave a realistic feeling to the setting, without feeling like a brochure for a romantic holiday (like Captain Corelli's Mandolin). I know, we all expect that and believe that it is normal when we see it, but I've already seen otherwise and it's something you didn't always get at the time. Think for instance of the movie "The Battle of the Bulge" (1965), which was supposed to be situated in the Belgian Ardennes, but which was shot with olive trees in the background and in a desert-like terrain. And trust me, I'm Belgian myself and I know the region all too well, so I know that there really isn't such a type of terrain to be found there.

Next to the good story and the correct decor, this movie also offers some fine acting from a great classical cast. With Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Anthony Quayle,... you get some of the most famous actors at the time and they all did a very nice job in this movie. Add to this the fact that story was very good, that the action still looked nice, that everything was shot in the right country and that everybody spoke the correct language. Then you know that there is absolutely nothing more I could ask for in this movie. I give this movie a well deserved 7.5/10.

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