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Explosive action film about allied commandos during world war ii plotting to destroy german guns. Special features: directors audio commentary four original featurettes subtitles in english spanish portuguese chinese korean and thai talent files theatrical trailer production notes and much more. Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 12/21/2004 Starring: Gregory Peck Anthony Quinn Run time: 157 minutes Rating: Pg

This rousing, explosive 1961 WWII adventure, based on Alistair MacLean's thrilling novel, turns the war thriller into a deadly caper film. Gregory Peck heads a star-studded cast charged with a near impossible mission: destroy a pair of German guns nestled in a protective cave on the strategic Mediterranean island of Navarone, from where they can control a vital sea passage. As world famous mountain climber turned British army Captain Mallory, Peck leads a guerrilla force composed of the humanistic explosives expert, Miller (David Niven), the ruthless Greek patriot with a grudge, Stavros (Anthony Quinn), veteran special forces soldier Brown (Stanley Baker), and the cool, quiet young marksman Pappadimos (James Darren). This disparate collection of classic types must overcome internal conflicts, enemy attacks, betrayal, and capture to complete their mission. Director J. Lee Thompson sets a driving pace for this exciting (if familiar) military operation, a succession of close calls, pitched battles, and last-minute escapes as our heroes infiltrate the garrisoned town with the help of resistance leader Maria (Irene Papas) and plot their entry into the heavily guarded mountain fort. Carl Foreman's screenplay embraces MacLean's role call of clich¨¦s and delivers them with style, creating one of the liveliest mixes of espionage, combat, and good old-fashioned military derring-do put on film. In 1978, the sequel Force 10 from Navarone was released, but MacLean fans will prefer to check out the action-packed thriller Where Eagles Dare. --Sean Axmaker

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  • The Guns of Navarone (Collector's Edition)
    ESSENTIAL MOVIE!!! One of the greatest war movies ever made stars Gregory Peck, David Niven & Anthony Quinn. The Germans have two HUGE guns on the island of Navarone in the Mediterranean. These guns are preventing the British from rescuing two thousand British soldiers who are stranded on another nearby island. The only way to knock out the guns is to send in a crack team of commandos. There's only one side of the island that's not well defended; it's a cliff that goes straight a few hundred feet.

    Gregory Peck is a mountain climber, highly skilled at the sort of thing the British are asking him to do. David Niven is a British soldier who's an expert with explosives. Anthony Quinn is a Greek resistance fighter well known to the Germans who will assist in leading the team in & contacting the Greek resistance. The problem between Peck & Quinn though is almost insurmountable; Quinn blames Peck for the death of his wife & children & has sworn to kill Peck as soon as the war is over. But Quinn's hatred of Peck is so intense that no one is sure if he'll wait that long. As the film progresses it becomes apparent that there's a traitor in the midst of the unit. On the way to their objective everything that can go wrong does, including having to leave behind the wounded British officer that is the leader of the commando team. The peril with this is that the officer will be taken by the Germans who will interrogate him to get the exact information they need to stop them.

    Loosely based on the Alistair MacLean novel of the same name, the movie is excellent. The movie won the Oscar in 1961 for special effects & nominated for a total of seven. This is a two disc set that has a bunch of bonus features including commentary by director J. Lee Thompson, a documentary on "Forging the bGuns of Navarone", 6 featurettes, a message from screenplay writer Carl Foreman & several more items!...more info
  • A classic WWII movie
    This movie is a classic. I absolutely loved it. I personnally think some of the best WWII movies were made in the 60s, like Battle of the Bulge. I would heavily reccommend this movie to anyone who likes war movies....more info
  • Not the usual war movie.
    Action filled war movie, great story, great cast. Concerns a commando team small enough to allow growth of character for most of the members, but large enough to have a few killed off, adding to the intrigue. Plenty of unexpected turns to maintain the interest, even though the viewer assumes from the beginning that the "objective" will be attained. Unexpected romance ads spice to the dish. The "effects", great for 1961, are still sufficient to carry the story.

    Great performances by Gregory Peck, David Niven, and Anthony Quinn. James Darren of music and surfer movie fame does an especially good job in an action role.

    ...more info
  • Columbia outdoes itself with new release of classic
    The second movie in Columbia's newest wave of World War II movies (along with "The Caine Mutiny") is the 1961 Academy Award-winning film for Best Special Effects, "The Guns of Navarone," which stars Gregory Peck as Keith Mallory, the leader of a group of British commandos tasked with destroying two gigantic German anti-ship guns.
    The British are desperate to evacuate 2,000 soldiers from the Aegean island of Kiros, with the only sea route through a stretch of water commanded by the guns that are encased inside a massive cliffside bunker that is immune to air attack.
    Based on the best selling novel by Alistair (Where Eagles Dare) MacLean, Mallory has been working on occupied Crete for two years and as an expert mountaineer is the perfect choice to ferry the team to the only part of Navarone not monitored by the Germans - a 400-foot cliff.
    Joining Peck is David Niven as explosives expert John Anthony Miller and Anthony Quinn as a Greek resistance fighter.
    MacLean is known for being able to weave together a great story and this movie is consistently entertaining. In fact the film was already afforded a respectable special release on DVD in 2000. Columbia though have outdone themselves with this 2-disc set by adding a second audio commentary and four new documentaries.
    The original release included a rather dry, faltering, but informative commentary by director J. Lee Thompson, a smattering of archival featurettes of varying quality and an anecdotal documentary on the making of the picture featuring on-camera interviews with Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, James Darren and J. Lee Thompson named "Memories of Navarone" and running at 29:34. It's a nice, breezy documentary and entertaining - detailing some of the experiences the cast had working on the picture.
    However this new release includes a lively commentary with historian Stephen J. Rubin who mentions that this film started the trend of Hollywood going outdoors. Up until this time most movies were filmed on the studios backlot, whereas this movie was filmed on the island of Rhodes. He also discusses the cast (including a very young Richard Harris). Rubin also discusses some of the differences between the MacLean novel and the movie - which appear to be a number of changes to characterization and details some of the criticisms of the movie when it was released - including the fact that the actors were too old to play commando's, many being as they were in their 40s and 50s. Though Rubin quickly adds that he feels it was cast perfectly.
    Also included are two new documentaries, the first of these "Forging the Guns of Navarone" runs at 13:58 and includes on camera interviews with Eve Williams-Jones (the former wife of producer Carl Foreman) and Assistant Director Peter Yates (who himself went on to become a very successful director in his own right). Apparently Thompson was not the original director for the project and Yates credits Thompson for his ability to jump straight into a film that had already shot much of its second unit work as well as his ability to manage so many big name actors. Yates also reveals that despite their on-screen animosity towards each other, both Niven and Peck got along well together determined to have as much fun as possible on the picture. Yates also recounts how the crew would refer to it as "The biggest B-feature ever made."
    The second new documentary "The Ironic Epic of Heroism" runs longer at 23:38 and is essentially an on-camera analysis of the movie by noted Film Historian Sir Christopher Frayling (who was mistakenly credited with providing an audio commentary in the press release for this DVD release). Frayling is quite engaging as he recounts such facts as Foreman's initial reluctance to handle the project. Foreman once said that he was incapable of making a movie that did not make statements and he initially saw the MacLean book as a simple action adventure. It was not until he re-read the novel that he realized it could serve to make statements about the futility of war and the ability of war to bring out the best in people.
    Frayling also reflects on the fact that the movie was the first global production caper-style World War II movie to be played as an action adventure in a style he describes as "incredibly innovative."
    Also included on this new release is the restored intermission with score that was seen in some European cities (it is listed as an extra since it is not part of the official cut of the movie) and featurettes on the Dimitri Tiomkin score which details the subtle differences throughout the movie and a fascinating look at the UCLA restoration.
    The restoration featurette details the tortured path towards restoring a film that was in such terrible shape that they needed several sources of original negative, both from Columbia and a private collector. In an example of the work the UCLA team had to do, the print they were provided by Columbia had the plane crash at the beginning of the movie happen in broad daylight. This apparently is how most people have seen the scene in recent years. That was until one of the eagle-eyed team at UCLA noticed that one of the trucks had it's headlights on and wondered why. Sure enough they were able to track down a copy of the print from a private collector that showed that the crash happened at night with the screen various shades of blue - and that is how it was restored.
    In another instance the print UCLA had also had the infamous dubbing of Richard Harris where the censor had the word "bloody" replaced with "ruddy" for some of the screenings in the UK (the word "bloody" is considered a swear word in the UK). The UCLA team prevailed again and were able to locate a copy of the correct audio still intact).
    On a sidenote the DVD also affords fans of Tiomkin the opportinity to hear the opening sequence sans the narrative as a special feature on the second disc. This apparently is a special feature that had been requested for years. ...more info
  • Classic war movie - great retrospective commentary
    This is one of the great classic war movies (cliche but true). Not much more one can say about it, save that I particularly enjoyed the short retrospective commentary featuring Anthony Quinn, Gregory Peck & Lee Thompson...more info
  • Trendsetter; loads of fun and intrigue...
    This film has maintained its momentum over time. I find it as exciting now as I did when I saw it in 1961. It was nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Film, Director & Screenplay (it won for Special Visual Effects). The editing in particular is so precise as to keep a semblance of the tight drama unfolding before you. The acting is somewhat of a ham factory, and Gregory Peck is hammiest of all. I'm sure James Darren was thrown in there to attract lady viewers, and he's actually not as bad as the rest. A terrific 2.35:1 Widescreen is great, and the DVD offers some fun extras. There's little doubt that this was the inspiration for "The Dirty Dozen" (1967) and the other similar films that followed. Though it's all fiction (there is no Navarone), this is a very exciting war film layered with some human drama. "The Guns of Navarone" is a classic, and belongs in the film library of anyone who respects good film-making, as well as those who want to have an exciting time. ...more info
  • A Great Masterpiece on World War II Fiction
    When I first saw this movie on television back in the days when home entertainment was uncommon, I could hardly wait until it was aired again. Very suspenseful, this movie is bound to keep viewers on their toes. Gregory Peck stars as Captain Keith Mallory whose mission was to sabotage a Nazi Menace in the Adriatic that had destroyed much of the Royal Navy vessels sailing near the small Greek island of Navarone. Co-starring was David Niven who plays Corporal John Anthony Miller, an expert in explosives, who, accompanies Mallory on the mission, both under the command of Major Roy Franklin (Anthony Quayle).

    All was not easy during the mission, especially the scene in the Adriatic during a fierce storm that had hampered their attempts to dock as close as possible to the craggy shores that resulted in destroying their small boat as was the scaling of the cliff after reaching the shore. With Maj. Franklin seriously wounded, the command was turned over to Mallory.

    Anthony Quinn was spectacular in his role as Colonel Andrea Stavros, especially when he was struggling to survive by swimming to the boat near the end of the movie and almost giving up with Mallory vainly trying to save his life. Portions of this film: the firing of the heavy German cannons from inside the cavern on Navarone, the destruction of the cannons and the sounding of the sirens from the Royal Navy vessels were augmented into the beginning of the sequel "Force 10 from Navarone" (1978), starring Robert Shaw, Harrison Ford and Edward Fox.

    "The Guns of Navarone" is certainly a classic and one that is a must see, especially for any Peck or Niven fan.
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  • "You've got me in the mood to use this thing..."
    The Guns of Navarone is a wonderful film that touches upon the issue of how difficult it can be to make moral choices during the course of a war. The screenplay is fascinating in the sense that every major character in the film has their own notions of just how far they should go in applying the necessary force "to get the job done" in a war.

    The movie is about six saboteurs who must destroy two gigantic guns, which present a danger to the Allied Navy. At the very beginning of the movie, viewers immediately have their first taste of a moral dilemma when Commodore Jensen, the organizer of the mission, has to decide between sending six qualified men to an almost disastrous and suicidal mission or simply scrapping the mission and leaving 2,000 trapped British soldiers to a certain doom. Commodore Jensen sees the choice as a foregone conclusion and thus resorts to lying to the leaders of the mission in order to boost their confidence. Jensen however does feel the pains of leadership as he tells a fellow officer "I'm just a man who has to send men off to die".

    The six saboteurs each have their unique specialties and views of morality. The first saboteur is Captain Mallory, the best mountain climber in the world and a competent linguist. Captain Mallory is a soldier who now has a utilitarian view of the world and no longer sees the world as black or white. The second saboteur is Major Roy Franklin who is known for his luck and determination. Roy is as focused to the mission as Mallory, only he does not appear to be so in the eyes of his friend Corporal Miller, the third saboteur. Corporal Miller is the self-righteous chemical explosives expert whose philanthropic perception of the world directs his loyalty only to his friends and himself. The fourth is Private Brown "the Butcher of Barcelona" whose specialties are working with engines and using a knife. Although Brown is a seasoned veteran with many kills under his belt, he has become wary of the war. The fifth saboteur is Colonel Stavros. Stavros, like Mallory and Franklin, focuses to the task at hand, but is also ever thoughtful of his personal vendettas. Finally, the last saboteur is Private Pappadimos, whom Jensen describes as a "born killer".

    The moral views of the six saboteurs will clash with each other several times during the movie as they debate about how to conduct a war and deal with human life. The moral perceptions even prove to be the undoing of some of the men. The beauty of the movie is that ultimately the ongoing theme of morality further extends to the two women who later join the mission. Even the Germans are not exempt from this theme as the "normal" German soldier's character contrasts itself sharply from that of the inhumane SS officer.

    It is not surprisingly to find that many world leaders enjoy watching The Guns of Navarone, since here is a film that touches upon an issue that is constantly ever-present in their minds. The burden of choosing the fates of others is after all, a burden that is felt by both the commander and the individual soldier alike.

    The superbit version of The Guns of Navarone is an improvement over the first regular DVD release. The noticeable improvement is found mainly in the sound. A particular standout scene in terms of sound is where Stavros uses his sniper rifle to give cover against the advancing German Army. The superbit picture quality while an improvement over the regular DVD release, is not as noticeably good as the superbit sound quality....more info
  • Remastered Classic
    The reissued DVD version of THE GUNS OF NAVARONE is a great improvement over my tired old VHS copy. Not only is the film in widescreen presentation, the color and sound is superior to the tape version.

    As with most Alistair MacLean inspired movies we find a story with a handful of commandos, plan gone awry with double agents in their midst, battling a large contingent of the Wehrmacht. One wonders what the Germans were doing with all that substantial air power, armor, and artillery on a small island at a time when the Eastern front was collapsing. The same situation was encountered in WHERE EAGLES DARE and FORCE TEN FROM NAVARONE.

    The Plot: In a bid to gain a foothold on the Dodecanese Islands the British landed a force on Kheros. Unfortunately the Germans had other plans and isolated the Allied force while they prepared to retake the island. The British plan to withdraw the lone garrison, but for the firepower of two mighty cannons guarding the channel on nearby Navarone. As the guns are protected in a rock mountain similar to Gibralter and the island heavily garrisoned by German troops, a force of agents is sent to Navarone to knock out the guns before a Royal Navy braves the channel to evacuate Kheros. Along the way the team, led by Gregory Peck, is forced to alter their plans and improvise as their mission is betrayed by a traitor in the midst.

    Anthony Quinn, David Niven, Anthony Quayle, and motion picture newcomer James Darren (The Time Tunnel) also star in this action packed military thriller.

    The majority of the outdoor scenes were filmed on location in Rhodes with interiors and gun sets completed in England. Overall a well made film with great accompanying soundtrack composed by Dimitri Tiomkin (The Alamo).

    It was not until several years ago that I discovered the premise of the film, minus the great guns, was a true story. The Italians had occupied the Dodecanese Islands, including islands near the Turkish coast, since 1912. During the Second World War after Italy surrendered to the Allies in 1943, The Germans rushed in troops to occupy the larger islands (including Rhodes with its three vital airfields) while the British landed on five of the smaller outlying islands. In THE GUNS OF NAVARONE the stranded British troops are reported to be on the fictional Aegean island of "Kheros." In reality one of the actual British occupied islands was "Leros." In a series of airborne and seaborne operations the Germans retook the islands. The Germans bombarded and successfully invaded Leros in Operation Leopard in November 1943. No doubt one of the last German victories of the war. As the Germans had complete air supremecy over the Dodecanese. The British and Italian garrisons were defeated and the Germans remained in control of the Islands until the May 1945 German surrender.

    The only thing that was missing was a story about large railway guns installed in a hollowed out mountain.

    In comparing THE GUNS OF NAVARONE to actual history you have to begin with the assumption that the Germans either inherited the massive gun battery from the Italians, who previously occupied the island as legally annexed Italian territory, or that the Germans maintained a secret base there. Otherwise it is improbable that the Germans could have hollowed out the mountain and installed two great radar controlled guns in the handful of months following the Italian surrender. A similar continuity logic break occurs in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK where the Germans maintain an established U-Boat pen in the Aegean in the late 1930s.

    As noted earlier, the sound and color in the DVD release are an improvement over the prior video tape copies. In the earlier versions the German uniforms appeared as plain brown. Now they are closer to field gray. A similar color restoration took place with the re-released THE DIRTY DOZEN. The DVD also contains several behind the scenes movies shorts of cast and crew on Rhodes during the film's production....more info
  • British Fiction
    "The Guns of Navarone" is tied in first place with "Where Eagles Dare" as the worst war movie ever produced and it is no coincidence that the same author, Alistair MacLean, wrote both books of the same titles from which the scripts for these films were taken. The only similarity with actual history and "Navarone" is the failed operation of British forces to take, occupy and retain the Aegean islands, known as the Dodecanese, west of Turkey. Churchill wanted these islands taken in order to bring Turkey into the war against Germany. Many of these islands were occupied by the Italian Army and when Italy surrendered to the Allies in September 1943, British forces landed on these islands but the Germans reacted swiftly and retook the islands, in the course of which the British sustained over 700 dead and 3200 POWs. The Italians sustained far heavier losses. This operation was a German victory. "Navarone" mentions 2000 British troops stranded on the fictitious island of Keros, which implies the island of Leros. The other island where severe fighting occured was Kos.

    Most people are unaware of the defeat of Britain in these islands and they get much of their "historical knowledge" from movies such as "Navarone." An excellent work of this entire operation is "Churchill's Folly: Leros and the Aegean" by Anthony Rogers which includes the operation to retake the islands from the German point of view, using original German sources and participants. The Germans were much more efficient that movies like "Navarone" would suggest.

    There are many problems with this movie. Here are only a few. Gregory Peck is not going to fool any German with his fake Greek and German pronunciations with his American accent. Anthony Quinn manages to kill three German mountain troops before they ever return fire. Why do German soldiers have to have a direct order from an officer to open fire when they are being shot at? When the commandos are taken prisoner, why do the Germans not tie their hands behind their backs? Why do the Germans take them all into the same room and not segregate them individually in order to interrogate them? When the German patrol boat confronts the commandos' fishing vessel, why does the German captain not force the leader (Peck) onto his patrol boat, at the same time covering the fishing vessel with machine guns and his 20 mm gun?

    I could go on and on but the movie is not worth the celluloid it is printed on....more info
  • Reeeeeally bad transfer!
    Great movie. AWFUL TRANSFER! The sound quality is pretty good but the picture quality is deplorable. The colors and shading actually pulse! Some scenes are obviously un-restored and are full of visual noise/artifacts. Worse still is that this wasn't a schlock transfer from "Bob's VHS to DVD and Storm Door Company". Noooooo. This was a vaunted Superbit transfer carried out by Sony. This ripping yarn deserved much, MUCH better treatment. The clarity is not there and at the least, the images should have been stabilized. Issuing this as a "Superbit" is a travesty as it leads you to expect superior, near hi-def quality. Instead, it's like watching an un-restored film to VHS transfer. ...more info
  • Amazing Barrage & Fast-Paced Stories Within A Story
    I remember first seeing The Guns of Navarone when I when I was about 10 years old. I was totally enraptured from word-go. It is still one of my favourite films. The action is non-stop. We learn about all of the key players; finding out that, even though they are on the same side, they have deeper conflicts between/amongst themselves - more so than with the common enemy. Eventually, they are forced to drop their differences and unite to destroy one of the most threatening weapons against the Allied Forces: The Guns of Navarone. High-tech (for that era) guns invented by the Germans. Not only do you find conflicts within this team of saboteurs, you find friendships that form among them as well. Even though this film isn't true to the book, by Alistair MacLean, it is still excellent none-the-less. I find it rather difficult to give details of an almost 3-hour epic, without giving away too much information; I want the viewers to be caught up with this stories-within-a-story, as I was. The elements of surprise are truly stunning. I also experienced that my watching The Guns of Navarone several times, I see and/or hear new things that I missed before. The details are subtle as well as obvious. An all-star cast of Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Baker, Anthony Quayle, James Darren, Irene Papas, Gia Scala, James Robertson Justice, and Richard Harris. The music by Dimitri Tiomkin is wonderful. It's well worth having. This VHS tape is not only wide-screen, but it also has a series of short documentaries of restoration, the film itself, and theatrical trailer. I highly recommend this....more info
  • Very dated and dull
    Guns of Navarone may have been the most exciting film of its time but now it's just a dull action film, so boring I was yawning the whole way through. It's not only the fact that there's no sense of urgency in the entire situation, there's also immensely fake scenes featuring a soldier mowing down an entire German platoon with one burst of machine gun fire. Add to that about two other platoons with a grenade for each and you've solidified the film's camp value.

    I don't have anything against 60's films. As a matter of fact, I love a lot of films from that era (Lawrence of Arabia and Ben-Hur) and there are some very exciting action films from that decade such as Where Eagles Dare and the entertaining The Dirty Dozen. Guns of Navarone is just never as tense as the premise could have been....more info

  • Solid Action Film with Some Flaws
    Though I enjoyed this film immensely, I have to agree with some of the criticisms people have made in previous reviews. The Guns of Navarone is a very exciting, well made action movie. The cast is first rate. There are terrific moments of suspense, such as when Gregory Peck is hanging on a cliff holding onto Anthony Quinn, the one man who swore to kill him after the war was over. The explosions at the end are very spectacular. And David Niven's scene where he links together clues to discover the hidden motives of Gia Scala being a traitor is very well done, acting and writing wise.

    Still, there are flaws I noticed along with other viewers, such as the ease of their escape from Walter Gotell's capture, or the phoniness of the battling towards the end. Not only do the heroes have any easy time battling the German forces, but it's their own clumsiness and stupidity that eventually kills them, such as James Darren's and Stanley Baker's deaths.

    One scene that particularly bothered me: Why did David Niven get so upset at Gregory Peck for leaving Anthony Quayle with the Germans with the wrong information. As mentioned earlier in the film, they had 3 options: Take him with them (in that case he'll die), leave him with the Germans (in that case he gives away details of the whole plan), or kill him. Peck came up with the perfect solution, and Niven's overreaction("You're rather a ruthless character, Captain Mallory!") seemed an unnecessary excuse to start the pretentious, philosophical arguing. The conflict between Anthony Quinn and Peck is much better handled and resolved.

    However, excusing these flaws still makes this one of the more solid, satisfying entertainments on war. I agree 100% with the previous reviewer about the end. The shots of Niven and Peck looking on, combined with the scenic shots of the Greek isles and Dimitri Tiomkin's music make a very aesthetic, moving ending....more info

  • Reeeeeally bad transfer!
    Great movie. AWFUL TRANSFER! The sound quality is pretty good but the picture quality is deplorable. The colors and shading actually pulse! Some scenes are obviously un-restored and are full of visual noise/artifacts. Worse still is that this wasn't a schlock transfer from "Bob's VHS to DVD and Storm Door Company". Noooooo. This was a vaunted Superbit transfer carried out by Sony. This ripping yarn deserved much, MUCH better treatment. The clarity is not there and at the least, the images should have been stabilized. Issuing this as a "Superbit" is a travesty as it leads you to expect superior, near hi-def quality. Instead, it's like watching an un-restored film to VHS transfer. ...more info
  • Its okay for that time, 1961
    This was one of the best war movies around during its time. It would now be labeled slow and not much action when compared to movies after it. Like all movies, we expect the next movie of its type to be better. After 30 some years, there are better movies which knocked it down on the ratings. The movie I would have put on dvd based on a Maclean book would have been Where Eagles Dare. Guns of Navarone has an excellent story line, excellent acting. the picture is grainy, the sound is well...lets just say the best home theater system couldn't do much with it. This is another one of those example whichs show that not everything can be improved on dvd. Rent it first then decide about buying or not to buy....more info
  • The Legendary Guns of Navarone
    1961's "The Guns of Navarone" is Director Carl Foreman's big screen adaptation of Alistair MacLean's classic novel of the Second World War. Blessed with a riveting storyline, a superb cast, and excellent direction, it continues to be a first-rate movie all these many years later.

    The story centers around a British commando team given a seemingly impossible mission: to cross the German-dominated Aegean Sea to the occupied island of Navarone and infiltrate the island by climbing its precipitous South Cliff. Once on the island, the team must elude the German Army garrison, navigate its way through the Greek resistance underground, and destroy two enourmous field guns that block the rescue of some 2,000 British troops.

    The Germans may be the least of the commando team's worries. An outstanding cast that includes Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, David Niven, Anthony Quayle, and Stanley Baker must also contend with deadly rivalries within the team, a case of post-traumatic stress syndrome, and a traitor.

    Foreman does a magnificent job of capturing the individual sacrifices and tough moral choices posed by MacLean in the gritty original novel. Foreman and MacLean, who wrote the screenplay, reshuffled the storyline in small ways to accomodate the cast, but the result was highly effective, earning seven Academy Award nominations.

    The DVD is a digitally remastered version that includes all of the original movie, along with a nice selection of extras, especially a documentary on filming on location in the Greek Islands.

    This movie is very highly recommended to fans of Alistair MacLean, who will find this the best screen adaptation of his many novels, and to those looking for an excellent war-time adventure story with real depth....more info
  • A Gift
    I got this movie for my older brother for Christmas of 2007. I have seen him watch this movie alot when we were growing up and thought I would get him his favorite movie.

    Emily Gillis
    Boulder, Co....more info
  • Exaggerating, Outrageous and Purely Hollywood Style Rubbish.
    This is probably the worst war film that I have ever seen. In light of the generally poor performance of the Anglo-American troops in WWII, this film which was made in the 50s has a very important role to play as propangada together with films like "The Dirty Dozen I & II", "Kelly's Heroes", "Saving Private Ryan" etc, showing the heroic "superman" fighting abilities of their troops and commandoes against the Nazis bad guys. In Hollywood made war films, they (the Anglo-American soldiers) are always at the right place at the right time. They can always silence a German sentry with a knife stab with ease. All of them are sharpshooters and can always cause maximum casualties of the Germans from a single grenade throw and a burst of submachine gun fire. A handful of them can easily hold up and destroy an entire platoon if not a company of Krauts with tanks. If any one of them does die in a film, he does a heroic death with piles of German corpes around his position. It is commonplace that German soldiers are always shown to be so stupid, clumsy and vulnerable in films produced in Hollywood. They cannot think and react like a soldier. They have no sense of alertness in battle. All or nearly all of them are armed with MP 40 submachine guns (I doubt if there can be such high proportion of MP 40 used by the German troops at front line let alone for those of the garrison units in occupied countries), and all of them can neither shoot their guns and throw the grenades accurately. All of them ride on American made jeeps and tanks. Having seen that film and other similar films, I wonder whether the German soldiers in the story received any basic military training and possessed any military thinking. I think it is probably a good idea for any Hollywood war film producers to read some more about German military history in WWII, and to study the fighting abilities of men like Jochen Peiper, Kurt Meyer, Michael Wittmann, Hyazinth Graf Strachwitz, Vincent Kaiser, Otto Skorzeny to name but a few. This film was entirely based on fiction and not on similar historical event. The story was all the same, i.e., how a handful of Allied soldiers or commandoes was up against the odds facing and beating the Germans. But in truth it was the German solders who were mostly up against the odds facing the Allied soldiers both on the Eastern and Western front in WWII. Please give the German soldiers in WWII a fair account of their performance in battle, their fighting power was no less, if not higher or much higher, than the Anglo-American's. Please stop producing any such stupid so-called war film....more info
  • Rapid action-drama.
    If you thought old movies were too slow for you this one might change your mind. It's a WWII epic about 6 proffesional soldiers, sent on an impossible mission into Nazi controlled Greece. While they're there, they battle pretty much every German soldier in Greece. Adding to the action, the men have their own problems to solve....more info
  • The Guns of Naverone
    Epic-scale adventure based on Alistair MacLean's book. The movie boasts terrific action sequences, but is also an engrossing ensemble drama thanks to a sterling screenplay from producer Carl Foreman and terrific turns from a top international cast, including Niven, Quinn, and Quayle....more info
  • A great wartime classic
    If you're looking for a fathers day gift, look no further. I loved this movie from being a kid, and watching every holidays it was shown.

    It seems hard to believe that we won't see such great actors again all in one movie. The performance of Gregory Peck is awesome truly one of his best.

    Buy this, grab a few beers or cokes, some chips and take that phone off the hook...relax and enjoy a real classic...more info
  • stewy
    A great story that plays well even today. One of the best WWII adventures you'll ever see....more info
  • Old Guys Go To War
    This movie has been described as "a bunch of old guys go to war." That's true, and yet the script and fine acting make you care about each one of the characters. You see their strengths and weaknesses, even as leaders and heroes. I have seen this film at least 20 times and still enjoy it....more info
  • One of the better behind the lines movies
    One of my favorite 1960's war movies, David Niven was never better! All you need is some cold ones, chips and the time to watch....more info
  • The Guns of Navarone
    It is one of the best vintage WWII movies around. No computer animation or computer graphic in the movie, just pure studio work. The story line is realistic, and actors were all genuin. I recommend this movie to all serious WWII movie collectors. ...more info
  • A True Classic
    This Will Be A great movie to have And it will be out in late FEB I cant wait to see it...more info
  • An Average WWII Movie
    This is a pretty good film overall, but Peck doesn't seem to have his heart in it most of the time. I honestly prefer Force 10 from Navarone much more than this film. ...more info
  • One of My Favorites!!!!
    I first seeing this film as a little boy and I fell in love with it then!! One could remake this classic but would the chemistry be right like it was in this masterpiece. If they did I believe that Pierce Brosnan would make an excellent Captain Mallory. Also I believe Denzel Washington, Francisco Quinn, Julianne Marguilles and Sean Connery would be supberb prospects for key members of a supporting cast!!!!...more info
  • The Legend of Navarone
    THE GUNS OF NAVARONE have long been silent but the legend of this extraordinary and endearing film lingers on in our memory. They just don't make them like this any more. The script, the score, the cinematography, the actors and the characters they played are indelibly etched into the psyche. I often have fleeting thoughts of this film, happy ones, of the images, the words and the music from this WWII legend. The examination of camaraderie, the morality of killing and not killing, bravery, survival, betrayal, forgiveness and getting the job done are all integrated into a logical and emotional cohesive film that is both entertaining yet important in its representation of the extraordinary human qualities that can only be realized during war. This is one of my favorite films and the less said the better. I just savor my memories of it and get a little warmth in my heart. ...more info
  • I have both the special edition and this edition
    I bought the 2000 video last year. When I heard about this I decided to get it anyway hoping there was additional information. There is. I could have down without the previews of the three new movies, but I suppose the studio does need to advertise them. In addition to the new information, interviews with Irene Pappas (who wasn't available for the first edition) and James Darren, since he's about the only one of the major male cast members still alive, would have been good.

    The movie is very good. It makes me miss movies when the heros for the most part kept their language clean. It does seem strange to see them smoking.

    In the complaint department I thought that Stanley Baker's and James Darren's characters should have been more developed. Especially James Darren's (OK, I admit it - James Darren (when he was on Time Tunnel) is the first actor I ever had a crush on. ...more info
  • Gregory Peck leads the way!
    This was one of the first war movies I ever saw & even after watching modern masterpieces like Saving Private Ryan this is still one of my very favorites. This classic WW2 flick has it all: suspense, awesome & believable characters, great action (of course!), humor, & even romance. The three main stars are Gregory Peck, David Niven, & Anthony Quinn. Peck is perfectly cast as the leader of the group of commandos, & I've always thought he was great playing officers in war films (Pork Chop Hill, MacArthur, Twelve O'Clock High, etc.). Niven is both fun & annoying as the uptight Brit who constantly challenges Peck's authority. Quinn is a real treat as a deadly Greek who holds a grudge against Peck for a past "incident". This movie has many unforgettable scenes: Quinn taking on an advancing German column of troops with his sniper rifle, the confrontation with the traitor, & the incredible climax. I agree with other reviewers that they don't make 'em like this anymore! Whether you love war movies or are new to the genre, this is a definite must!...more info