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
Robert Shaw took over the Mallory role from Gregory Peck, who had starred as Captain Ahab in Moby Dick. And Shaw played Quint, a character that was a modern day Ahab, in Jaws. 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, it's still dark. See more »
[after an unexpected delay in Miller's explosives]
[notices the dam hasn't collapsed yet]
Miller! That useless git!
It didn't work!
Yes I know it didn't work!
Well let's get out of here!
Yeah let's get out of here, when I see Miller I'm going to ring his useless neck!
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Opening credits prologue: SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND 1943 See more »
My Take: Often lambasted, but fast-paced and highly entertaining sequel to the classic adventure film.
Honestly, I think "Force 10 from Navarone" was more fast-paced, action-packed and hilarious as it's predecessor, "The Guns of Navarone", but then, it also lacks the stronger elements that made its predecessor better. But it seems unfair to compare a sequel to its predecessor when the film is a sequel in name only. Other than the opening which re-tracks the memorable final scenes from the original, FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE mostly flies solo.
The cast was excellent. Robert Shaw and Edward Fox are good replacements to Gregory Peck and David Niven in the roles of Keith Mallory and Major Miller. Harrison Ford absolutely amazing as Lt. Col. Barnsby. Carl Weathers is usually out of place, but he's fine enough. While Barbara Bach and Richard Kiel offer fine performances after their roles in "The Spy Who Loved Me".
There will be a few hate remarks from fans of the original, but seeing it as not a sequel to the classic film and more of a film that uses 'Guns' as its inspiration, this "sequel" is fun, exciting and occasionally excellent.
Rating: **** out of 5.
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