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Force 10 from Navarone (1978)

PG  |   |  Action, Drama, War  |  8 December 1978 (USA)
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During World War II, several oddly assorted military experts are teamed in a mission to raid and destroy a bridge vital to enemy strategy.

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Lescovar
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Weaver
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Drazak
Alan Badel ...
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Schroeder
Philip Latham ...
Jensen
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Reynolds (as Angus Macinnes)
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Sgt. Bauer
Petar Buntic ...
Marko
Leslie Schofield ...
Interrogation Officer 1
Anthony Langdon ...
Interrogation Officer 2 (as Antony Langdon)
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Storyline

Mallory and Miller are back. It seems that there was traitor with them at Navarone, whom they thought was executed. But it seems that not only was he not executed, and he was not a traitor but a German spy. Intelligence believes he made it to Yugoslavia and is now with the Partisans. So, Mallory and Miller being the only ones who can positively identify him are sent along with a unit called Force 10, which is led by Colonel Barnsby, who objects to their presence. It seems that Force 10 has a mission of their own which Mallory and Miller know nothing about. When their plane is shot and most of the team is killed, they mistakenly believe that some of the locals they meet are Partisans but in reality are German Allies, so they are taken prisoner, and have to convince the German commander that they are not spies or else they will be killed. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 5,952,603 (Sweden)
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The production shoot for this movie went for sixteen weeks. See more »

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When the teams Lancaster is under attack by German fighters there is a brief closeup shot of the fighter's machine guns firing. Those machine guns were arraigned in a configuration (same config as the Hawker Hurricane, four side by side) that no German fighter ever had during the war. The ME109 carried several guns and cannons in various configurations during the war, but never as depicted in the movie. See more »

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Mallory: [after being caught, Mallory attempts to get free by making a story] You ever hear of penicillin?
Maj. Schroeder: No.
Mallory: No, well, I'm not surprised. It's a new developement It's a drug that prevents wounds from becoming infected.
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Okay, But Don't Watch It With It's Predecessor Back-To-Back
5 June 2000 | by (Morristown, NJ) – See all my reviews

If you love the "Guns Of Navarone" as one of the greatest, and more importantly most literate WWII action films of all time, then this "sequel" is really going to cause some painful moments, and I wouldn't recommend watching the two films back-to-back under any circumstances. Owing to the fact that it took original "Guns" producer Carl Foreman a decade to get the "Force 10" film project off the ground, Gregory Peck and David Niven were both Social Security eligible by the time the film was ready to go, and that meant we'd have to see a new cast. And for the most part, despite the borrowing of footage of the first film's climax at the beginning you might as well watch this film pretending the first one never happened. The "Nicolai" connection to the first film is weak and barely explored, and we probably could have done without that plotline altogether. And whereas "Guns" was deadly serious in tone, filled with some rich character studies and literate exploration of the moral questions that get raised even when fighting a good cause, "Force 10" is really more of an escapist war film, punctuated with moments of light comedy, and with no depth whatsoever in the characters and script. If one is willing to accept the film on that level, then it can be enjoyed as an entertaining diversion, but no more. It is interesting to see Harrison Ford in his first post-Star Wars role working alongside the great Robert Shaw in his last film, and Edward Fox appears to emulate most of David Niven's mannerisms quite well. Carl Weathers though, was an annoying distraction and the scene where he demanded "answers" while the enemy was approaching was just plain dumb.

By it's very title though, "Force 10" is always going to have the problem of it's magnificent predecessor hanging over it. Too bad the sequel possibility wasn't cashed in on sooner when Peck, Niven and Quinn could have still done their parts (I always hoped they'd lead a new mission to rescue Anthony Quayle!)


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