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
Common production personnel who worked on or were credited for both this movie sequel and the original The Guns of Navarone (1961) included novelist Alistair MacLean, producer-scriptwriter Carl Foreman, production designer Geoffrey Drake, editor Raymond Poulton and production supervisor / production accountant Sidney G. Barnsby. Poulton was associate editor on the first movie and editor on the sequel whilst Foreman was a producer and screenwriter on the first picture and executive producer and screen story adapter on the sequel. See more »
When the diversion is created at the dam, and German trucks leave to investigate, dawn is breaking, but a few seconds later when the cameras switch back to the dam, its still dark. See more »
You're Nikolai... You're the man who blew us in Greece.
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Opening credits prologue: Somewhere in England 1943 See more »
In the late 70's the war genre saw a revival and Harrison Ford starring in not one but two movies of the period, the romantic drama HANOVER STREET (1979) with Lesley-Anne Down and the more commercial FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE (1978).
Over the years, the film has got some unfair press in my view and is regarded as sub-standard compared to the infinitely more successful GUNS OF NAVARONE. However, the chemistry of all concerned is just right for this film, which involves a group of soldiers trying to blow up a bridge in Yugoslavia and the search for a traitor from the original film's mission.
There are some good action sequences, and the dialogue exchanges between Ford, Edward Fox and the late Robert Shaw are passable. Carl Weathers (coming quick off ROCKY), racism issue aside, still seems out of place in the film, although he has one or two good moments. Barbara Bach and Richard Kiel, hot off THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, are stereotypes.
Ron Goodwin's score keeps the film moving.
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