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
The character of Mallory, played by Robert Shaw in this sequel, was called Captain Keith Mallory in the original The Guns of Navarone (1961) and was played there by Gregory Peck. In this sequel, Mallory has now been promoted to the rank of Major. See more »
When the team's Lancaster is under attack by German fighters, there is a brief closeup shot of the fighter's machine guns firing. Those machine guns were arranged in a configuration (the same configuration 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 »
Partisan BITCH! Always so kind to the men with burns... But they HAVE no burns!
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Opening credits prologue: SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND 1943 See more »
I just saw this movie on cable again last night for the umpteenth time and was reminded of why it is one of my all-time favorites. While hardly a masterpiece of cinema, Force 10 is a well-paced war adventure/buddy picture that doesn't take itself too seriously and really tries it's best to entertain the audience. It's just an awful lot of FUN.
The plot concerns a mismatched group of commandos who are sent into Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia in order to kill a very elusive enemy agent and destroy a strategically vital bridge. There are lots of enjoyable plot twists and the action scenes are very well-staged. Given that this was released in 1978, the special effects are decent too.
By 1970s standards, the cast is also pretty high-powered including Robert Shaw (R.I.P), a post-Han Solo Harrison Ford, Seventies uber-babe Barbara Bach, and the wonderful Edward Fox as the aristocratically eccentric explosives expert Miller (definitely my favorite character in the film). If you are looking for deep and meaningful ponderings on the nature of war and suchlike, then go someplace else. If you want a top-notch WW2 popcorn movie then you really can't do much better than this. BTW the original book by Alistair MacLean is a good read also.
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