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The Guns of Navarone (1961)

TV-PG | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 28 April 1961 (UK)
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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.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Alistair MacLean (novel) (as Alistair Maclean), Carl Foreman (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck ... Capt. Keith Mallory
David Niven ... Cpl. John Anthony Miller
Anthony Quinn ... Col. Andrea Stavros
Stanley Baker ... CPO 'Butcher' Brown
Anthony Quayle ... Maj. Roy Franklin
James Darren ... Spyros Pappadimos
Irene Papas ... Maria Pappadimos
Gia Scala ... Anna
James Robertson Justice ... Jensen / Prologue Narrator
Richard Harris ... Squadron Leader Barnsby
Bryan Forbes ... Cohn
Allan Cuthbertson ... Maj. Baker
Michael Trubshawe ... Weaver
Percy Herbert ... Sgt. Grogan
George Mikell George Mikell ... Sessler
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Storyline

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 {J-26}

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Still! The Greatest High Adventure Ever Filmed! [re-issue] See more »

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Greek | German

Release Date:

28 April 1961 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Carl Foreman's Production The Guns of Navarone See more »

Filming Locations:

Ile de Gorée, Dakar, Senegal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$28,900,000
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Runtime:

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4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm magnetic prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (Japan theatrical release)| Mono (35 mm optical prints)| Dolby (Restored version)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There had been some concern that the cast would not get along, particularly since Anthony Quinn had a reputation for being difficult to work with. However, in the event things went smoothly, although according to Quinn Stanley Baker did not get along with the others. Some of the cast believed that Baker felt he should have been playing Mallory. See more »

Goofs

Oberleutnant Muesel calls SS officer Sessler by the rank of "Hauptmann". This is a German Army rank, equal to Captain, but was not used by the SS. The equivalent SS rank was "Hauptsturmführer," or "head storm leader". Further, Sessler's collar insignia appears to have only two stripes below the three pips, which is correct for an SS Obersturmführer, which was one rank lower. The insignia for an SS Hauptsturmführer had four white stripes below the three pips. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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 »

Alternate Versions

To receive a 'U' certificate the original UK cinema version was overdubbed to remove all of Barnsby's uses of the word 'bloody' (the word was replaced with the less offensive 'ruddy'), and this same print appeared on early video releases. The film was restored in 1993 and all later widescreen releases feature the full unedited version. See more »

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Featured in Great Guns (1961) See more »

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Das Sundenlied
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Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Alfred Perry
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The original Commando team movie...
31 July 2000 | by keihanSee all my reviews

"The Dirty Dozen" may have updated the film's premise for the cynical late '60's, but as much as I love that old hard-boiled film, even I have to admit that it doesn't hold a candle to "The Guns of Navarone". Though it may be hard to remember now that the premise has been used so much, the impossible mission theme was NOT a common staple in action films until this movie. The question of whether or not the team is going to pull it off is, for once, not as simple as many other simple-minded movies have made it. There are moments where the mission is endangered by just about everything imaginable: the CO being critically wounded, suspicious enemies, personality conflicts, wrenching moral dillemas, a traitor in the ranks, being captured by the enemy. The storyline plays out like the most extreme manifestation of Murphy's Law: everything that can go wrong DOES go wrong.

The team put together here couldn't be more incongruent with each other. Gregory Peck's world-class mountain climber who becomes the team's reluctant CO, David Niven's hot-tempered, authority-defying sapper, Anthony Quinn's Greek ex-Colonel who has promised to kill Peck at war's end, Stanley Baker's weary soldier who's tired of the unending slaughter, a young Greek national who wants more and more of it...the real miracle is that they manage to get as far and as well as they do. For every step forward, they wind up paying for it. Be it in blood, moral anguish, or pain, no one comes out of this mission unchanged or unscathed. I honestly feel that it is this theme of sacrifice that is the key to the greatness of "The Guns of Navarone".


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