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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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Every bit as good as you remembered... See more (136 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)
Maxwell Craig ... German Soldier at Wedding (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)
John Tatum ... General's Aide (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
Joe Marks .... second assistant director (uncredited)
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)
Abdus Samad .... apprentice cinematographer (uncredited)
Jack Sullivan .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Jimmy Turrell .... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Michael Walter .... key grip (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?

William Holden was the first actor sought to play Mallory. He asked for $750,000 plus 10% of the gross. He was turned down and Gregory Peck was cast. Holden felt the role was too similar to the character he had played in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Franklin starts to edge his way up the "chimney" in the cliff, at the very top two small figures can be seen looking down at him - presumably Mallory and Miller. But at the start of Franklin's climb, all the men are busy securing their equipment, and it is not until several moments later that first Mallory, then Miller, go over to the cliff's edge to check on Franklin.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:
Referenced in Metal Gear (1987) (VG)See more »
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83 out of 95 people found the following review useful.
Every bit as good as you remembered..., 5 August 2002

For any boy growing up when I did, back in the late 1970s, it was well understood that "Guns of Navarone" was the sine qua non of adventure films, a movie you called friends about when you saw it listed in next week's TV Guide. It's hard to believe so much time has gone by, both since my boyhood and since the film was made, but "Navarone" still holds up very well, a character-driven film alive with nuance and subtlety. It moves at an assured clip, not rushed or forced, making the viewer follow its story through every agonizing twist and turn.

What makes the film especially good is the crisp dialogue, lines that point up the moral and philosophical argument at the heart of the film and which resonate today as much as then:

Mallory: The only way to win a war is to be just as nasty as the enemy. The one thing that worries me is we're liable to wake up one morning, and find we're even nastier than they are.

Franklin: I can't say that worries me!

Mallory: Well, you're lucky.

Good performances abound, but the best by far is David Niven's Cpl. Miller, a complex character whose smooth front and witty banter conceals much of the conflict of the film. It's he who tangles most often with Gregory Peck's Mallory, and has at least three scenes in the film that are top-rate. We may like Miller because he keeps things humming and provides welcome comic relief, but he's no less the center of the film than Peck or Anthony Quinn, the two well-cast leads whose relationship is enriched, at least from our remove, by the unique vow Stavros has made to Mallory about the unsettled business between them.

The plot is a thing of beauty, moving with all the synchronicity and clever precision of a diabolical cuckoo clock. The special effects have suffered more than a bit from the march of time (though one should remember that was the only part of the film that won an Oscar in 1962). Some process shots are cringe-inducing now. But the pace is still gripping and the payoff spectacular. Here's the film that was the template to every popcorn actioner that came after, its imprint recognizable on everything from the James Bond movies to "Star Wars" to Indiana Jones. That's impressive, but more so is that "Guns" remains as entertaining as any one of them, and more thrilling than most.

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