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Force 10 from Navarone (1978)

 -  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Badel ...
Philip Latham ...
Reynolds (as Angus Macinnes)
Sgt. Bauer
Petar Buntic ...
Leslie Schofield ...
Interrogation Officer 1
Anthony Langdon ...
Interrogation Officer 2 (as Antony Langdon)


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 <>

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8 December 1978 (USA)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 5,952,603 (Sweden)

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The most lethal and expert team in the world , the Force 10 squad, goes back in action
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This movie sequel to the Guns of Navarone was made and released about eighteen years after that film . Successful warlike picture well acted and finely directed by Guy Hamilton . Thrilling and rousing film is set about two years after the events of Guns of Navarone , in which a valiant and skilled trio , Harrison Ford-Robert Shaw-Edward Fox , is dispatched to a dangerous mission during World War II in Yugoslavia . This powerful , dramatic story from the Alistair McLean novel starts when the commanding staff assigns a mission to several oddly assorted military experts as Mallory , now been promoted to the rank of Major (played by Robert Shaw in this sequel and was his last film completed , he was called Captain Jack Mallory ; in the original was played there by Gregory Peck) and Miller, who has now been promoted to the rank of Sergeant (played by Edward Fox who replaced Ian Bannen ,here was called Corporal Dusty Miller , in the original performed by David Niven) . They are teamed to discover a traitor and destroy a bridge vital to enemy strategy . The outfit must destroy a huge dam and a bridge that threaten the Allied . To do so , they must sneak throughout the Nazis' noses disguised as German soldiers.

It is one of the most thrilling and moving films set on the years of the Second World War . This interesting wartime picture contains high-powered action-packed , shootouts , explosions , floods , mass slaughter and lots of fun . Fairly decent acting by the star-studded , a traditional all-cast , this Box office hit is a funny , exciting WWII actioner . Common production personnel who worked on or were credited for both this movie sequel and the original The Guns of Navarone included novelist Alistair MacLean , producer-scriptwriter Carl Foreman, production designer Geoffrey Drake, editor Raymond Poulton and production supervisor / production accountant Sidney G. Barnsby . Highlighted by a stirring and thrilling climax with overwhelming action scenes proceeded by a good technician and artistic team. The picture is well set in Yugoslavia and results to be a great super-production with all-star-cast , impressive scenes , shimmer photography and a vibrant sound , the time has increased its value ; despite its releasing was panned by critics . The acting of the interesting characters is believable and convincing , furthermore and enjoyable support cast as Carl Weathers , Franco Nero , Alan Badel , Michael Byrne and it's one of three movies, all made during the mid-late 1970s, that actress Barbara Bach and actor Richard Kiel both appeared , it includes The humanoid , Spy who loved me and Force 10 .

Director Guy Hamilton uses a clip from his earlier film Battle of England when the Messerschmitt attacks the Lancaster bomber and the so-called German Panzer tanks shown at the end of the movie are actually Soviet T-34s - a medium tank produced from 1940 to 1958 . The screenplay has eloquent dialogue , humor , double-crosses , continuous tension and surprising twists that keep the viewer's attention . Sweeping wartime movie epic from the director of 'James Bond's Goldfinger' presents the historic events of hokey manner but it does so fascinatingly . All in all,it's a successful piece of warlike fluff. Although overlong ,has good battle footage , solid acting , breathtaking scenes which help offset a sometimes far-fetched plot, but suffers on television , as the small screen damages its really spectacular images. The soundtrack by French composer Maurice Jarre , Jean Michel Jarre's father , is full of vibrant sound , brings a solemn score, cutting edge, played by an orchestra of wind . Colorful cinematography in glimmer color by Christopher Challis , being filmed on location in Jersey, Channel Islands , Mediterranean Film Studios, Malta , (studio), Montenegro , Plymouth Docks, Plymouth, Devon, England,Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK . Guy Hamilton' filmmaking is absorbent and entertaining , a good job , and the production shoot for this movie went for sixteen weeks . Rating : good but inferior to original , wholesome seeing . This picture should please most action-war-adventure buffs.

Interesting screenplay by Robin Chapman based on a novel by Alistair MacLean . He wrote many best-selling action novels that were turned into often successful movies. When asked to comment on why his stories were so popular he remarked that he always wrote stories that were visual. Since they were easy to imagine when the books were read, they were easy to film . This flick is one of several movies based on an Alistair MacLean novels set in rugged battles during WWII , the first was ¨ Guns of Navarone¨ , after that , it would be ¨ When eagles dare¨ by Brian H Hutton . And subsequently post World War and Cold War as ¨Bear Island¨ by Don Sharp and ¨River of death¨ by Steve Carver ; in addition , two adaptations directed by John Sturges : ¨Ice Station Zebra¨ , ¨The Satan Bug¨.

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