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
Oswald Morris was asked to be the DOP but declined because he had viable doubts about the film being made. See more »
The first screen shot after the initial briefing is of a sign, Termoli Air Base, identifying two separate commands who occupy it. One is HQ 462 Sqdn RAF, the other HQ 17 Corp USAF. The United States Air Force did not exist until after the war, in 1947. Prior to that, it was the United States Army Air Corps, (USAAC), a division of the US Army. See more »
[inside the Partisans' cave Mallory wants to talk to Petrovitch alone to tell him he needs to kill Nikolai]
May I talk to you personally, sir?
You are talking to me personally.
No I mean alone.
No. The People's army does not conduct military business in secret.
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Opening credits prologue: Somewhere in England 1943 See more »
FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE...I don't know what to say apart from the fact that I enjoyed it as a kid, and I'm looking forward, in years to come, to sitting down with my son (now 2) and watching it with him. With the exception of the original Navarone, and WHERE EAGLES DARE, FORCE 10 is far-and-away the greatest book-to-movie translation in it's genre. The critics got it wrong, they always do!(How many people saw Titanic because they said it was so great? They didn't mention the steam coming from a decorative smoke stack, or the digital watches, did they?!)
FORCE 10 generally has a good feel about it, it isn't too serious. Shaw, as he'd proved with JAWS and THE STING, was the contender for one of the greatest British actors ever, only Burton or Olivier have been close to that title. With the recent success of Shaw's JAWS and, obviously, Ford's STAR WARS, it was prime casting...no question.
Don't take it to seriously, and with the fast-paced story, Top-Notch cast and brilliant Ron Goodwin score...you should really enjoy it, if you like the genre! Roll on six or seven years time, my son is in for a treat!!!
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