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The Guns of Navarone (1961)

TV-PG | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 22 June 1961 (USA)
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A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Capt. Keith Mallory
... Cpl. John Anthony Miller
... Col. Andrea Stavros
... CPO 'Butcher' Brown
... Maj. Roy Franklin
... Spyros Pappadimos
... Maria Pappadimos
... Anna
... Jensen / Prologue Narrator
... Squadron Leader Barnsby
... Cohn
... Maj. Baker
... Weaver
... Sgt. Grogan
George Mikell ... Sessler
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Two powerful German guns control the seas past the Greek island of Navarone making the evacuation of endangered British troops on a neighboring island impossible. Air attack is useless so a team of six Allied and Greek soldiers is put ashore to meet up with partisans to try and dynamite the guns. The mission is perilous enough anyway but are the Germans on the island getting further help too?. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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An impregnable fortress... An invincible army... and the unstoppable commando team. See more »

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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22 June 1961 (USA)  »

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Carl Foreman's Production The Guns of Navarone  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$28,900,000
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(Westrex Recording System) (35 mm magnetic prints)| (70 mm prints) (Japan theatrical release)| (35 mm optical prints)| (Restored version)

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(archive footage)| (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Gregory Peck later admitted that he felt miscast as Mallory, who was supposed to be English. See more »

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Miller (David Niven) places a fake rat on the right cannon before jumping into the water. However, when the German soldier discovers it he plucks it from the left cannon. See more »

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Prologue Narrator: Greece and the islands of the Aegean Sea have given birth to many myths and legends of war and adventure. And these once-proud stones, these ruined and shattered temples bear witness to the civilization that flourished and then died here and to the demigods and heroes who inspired those legends on this sea and these islands. But, though the stage is the same, ours is a legend of our own times, and its heroes are not demigods, but ordinary people. In 1943, so the story goes, 2000 ...
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Opening credits prologue: The first day 02.00 Hours An Allied Airfield somewhere in the Middle East See more »

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Referenced in Irma la Douce (1963) See more »

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Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Alfred Perry
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Can't find a bad thing to say about it except that I wish everybody in the cast was still alive
14 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

Action-adventure for the thinking person. Gregory Peck (the thinking man's John Wayne) gives one of his best performances. His clash with David Niven towards the end was one of the most memorable scenes. This movie shows not only the commandos' physical struggles but also their psychological struggles as circumstances put them at their wits' end. An exception to the rule that the book is better than the movie. I liked James Robertson Justice as Commander Jensen, the higher-up that sends the men on the suicidal mission. That burly, bearded man looks just like one of my old bosses; that mission would be just the sort of thing my boss would make people do. Really chilling. I hated the sequel, Force 10 from Navarone; it stank. They should have let the team go their merry way after the first mission.


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