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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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  (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)
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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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)
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?

One of the Rhodian locations used in the film has been renamed "Anthony Quinn Bay" after the actor was reported to have bought property nearby.See more »
Plot holes: Maria explains that Anna has been whipped by the Germans and has gruesome scars on her back. She also says that since then Anna has not spoken a single word. In a later scene, it becomes obvious that Maria has never seen these scars. There seems to be no realistic way of convincing Maria of the existence of these scars when Anna is not speaking.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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28 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Spiking Those Two Big Guns, 27 January 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Greek part of the Mediterranean Theater of World War II was strictly a British show. They fought a pitched seesaw battle with the Germans until almost the end of the war. A great deal of debate about the feasibility of the whole operation has raged with military historians. The reason that the British Army and forces from their Commonwealth countries was to keep Turkey in the position of benevolent neutrality. At least this was one of Winston Churchill's stated aims and The Guns of Navarone makes the case for it.

But specifically this film deals with a pair of menacing looking naval guns embedded in a cliff with a big rock overhang. The RAF can't get at the thing to destroy from air, so a commando team is put together under the charge of Anthony Quayle. A couple of native Greeks are along, Anthony Quinn and James Darren, an explosives man, David Niven, a tough anti-fascist resistance man whose service dates back to the Spanish Civil War, Stanley Baker, and a mountain climber, Gregory Peck.

Peck has to get the team to climb a forbidding cliff which is the only area of the beach the Nazis don't guard because they think nobody can land over there. Peck gets the job done, but Quayle becomes injured and Peck gets the responsibility for the whole mission.

The Guns of Navarone is filled with tension as the men keep getting into and out of one situation after another. The film crackles with excitement and really should be seen on the big screen, it's the only way you can appreciate the special effects which got The Guns of Navarone its Oscar.

The film marked a screen partnership of Gregory Peck and director J. Lee Thompson, they did four films together. Thompson specialized in these action adventure films. Later on Thompson partnered with Charles Bronson in some of his best films of the seventies and eighties.

To get the young into the theater, current teenage heart throb James Darren is in the cast. We even gets to hear him sing in Greek which is in fact Darren's own ancestry. Irene Papas is also in the cast as his older sister and Gia Scala is her silent friend.

Despite setback and betrayal our team continues on. The climax of The Guns of Navarone is exciting and unforgettable and should not be missed.

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