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Director:
Writers:
Alistair MacLean (novel)
Carl Foreman (written for the screen by)
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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 & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Most effective use of silence. See more (123 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)
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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)
 
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)
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)
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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:
Andreas's revolver that he points at Mallory from behind the newspaper is an Enfield No 2 Mk I* (identifiable as the "*" modification by the lack of the hammer spur). It fired the anemic .380/200 service round and is widely considered to be one of the worst service sidearms ever foisted on an unwilling army.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the saboteurs in the Greek fishing boat attack the Germans on the patrol boat, a hand grenade is thrown at the German boat at the beginning of the attack, and the camera angle switches to view the grenade coming at it. An explosion occurs before the grenade lands in the spot where the grenade is clearly about to land and you can still see the grenade in flight for a split second after the explosion.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:
Soundtrack:
KaragounaSee more »

FAQ

Cary Grant---Was He Suppose to Star in "Navarone"?
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Most effective use of silence., 2 January 2006
Author: Alyoshevna from United States

I won't repeat what others have said. My short take: It's one of the best action films and one of the best ensemble films ever made.

What I noticed on first viewing was how quiet it is. Many scenes take place without dialog or score, merely background noises like wind, feet crunching gravel, and the like. Some of the tensest scenes are made more so by our hearing only what the characters would hear. For example, early on in the film, the lead characters undergo a storm at sea and approach a dangerous narrows, and until the scene's climax, all we hear are howling wind, driving rain, and slamming waves.

A musical score tells viewers how they are supposed to feel and often telegraphs shifts in plot or mood. As used in this film, the absence of music heightens the drama and makes the action more immediate. What score there is is thus more effective, earning its composer an Academy Award.

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