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The Guns of Navarone(1961)

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  • An awesome adventure with great acting, but ...

    • Jeff Boston
    • 6/16/18

    Carl Foreman tweaked a book and had Great Britain, the USA, and peoples of other nations set in a beautiful, intriguing land during the midst of WW2 with the enemy being one of the two (Italy did not count by the time) Axis powers. The enemy is shown to be brutal, but not as brutal as it actually was before and during the war. A fearless Brit is in charge of a handsome, smart, and tough commando unit and they come upon beautiful, smart, and tough females and they all push forward and suffer together. The Brit in charge soon can't walk anymore, so the American (played by a Top 25 male actor of all-time) assumes command. The American and one of the females gaze upon each other. The group includes an otherwise decent and manly fellow who hesitates to kill when he has a knife in his hand. After trekking here and there, getting to the belly of the beast, and outsmarting the atrocious enemy around them, with some honorable ultimate sacrificing the team ultimately triumphs by getting something very large and very impressive blown up. Such is done in a most impressive fashion for the good of the civilized world of free nations in "The Bridge on the River Kwai." W. Holden was the American in that one and was Foreman's first choice to play the American in this one.

  • What A Great Movie

    • Marc Ribaudo
    • 5/26/18

    I woke up early this morning and couldn't have been happier that Guns Of Navarone was just starting. First time I've seen it in a while. My father, who's 15th anniversary of his passing is today served in WW ll and was a huge war buff and film fan. I started watching war films at an early age because of him and I cherish those times we had together watching them. Guns Of Navarone was one of his favourites, and mine too. It not only had these great action sequences, but the human drama and the characters drew me in as well. Even at at an early age I sat glued watching this film the first time. Thank you TCM for showing great older films. TCM was my dad's go to channel , and it's one of mine as well. Miss you pops

  • long ago..when script ideas were ...shared..

    • a.morris
    • 5/25/18

    nice that this could help provide material for that little space movie that lucas guy did. nobody should talk about force 10 yet..Harrison.

  • Powerful human drama

    • TK
    • 5/30/16

    This is high adventure to be sure with wonderful music, cinematography, and special effects. But it's the intensity of the human drama that has stayed with me over the years and the way these powerful actors bring it to life. Brown the ruthless assassin by reputation, but with his psychological struggles. What to do with Franklin and his broken leg. What does Mallory actually choose to do. The open conflict between Mallory and Miller. The smoldering conflict between Mallory and Andrea. The scene with the little girl and the flowers. The stark difference between SS officer Sessler and officer Muesel. And perhaps most unforgettable of all, the scene when the group discovers a traitor in their midst. The performances of Irene Papas and Gia Scala especially in that scene haunt me to this day. A great movie not to be missed if you haven't seen it.

  • Great adventure movie--and Tiomkin at his best!

    • Kirsten I
    • 2/16/16

    I love this movie and was glad to see it "restored" to look like new--although the night scenes were so cleaned up they look like day! But I never get tired of watching Gregory Peck get drawn into an insanely daring mission with Anthony Quinn, David Niven, et al. and facing danger every step of the way. Nor do I ever tire of Dimitri Tiomkin's rousing score that plays under James Robertson Justice's narration at the beginning of the movie, before the credits are shown. The main theme was turned into a popular song in 1961 but I've always preferred the symphonic score in the movie. Tiomkin didn't impress me in every movie he scored, but here, as in LOST HORIZON and 36 HOURS, he contributed mightily to the adventure!

  • The Guns of Navarone

    • Michael Whitty
    • 1/9/16

    A first-rate high adventure during World War II has the allies needing to knock out powerful military guns that the Germans use to destroy allied ships. The allied group of sabatours led by Gregory Peck have to first climb a 500 ft cliff and then later somehow get to the guns. Anthony Quinn, David Niven, Stanley Baker, and James Darren are professional killers are the Germans. Here is an intriguing war story of a few men having to overcome enemy problems to save their fellow men. Can a small group of men get past the Germans? Expert adventure stories do have some great photography as this one does. "The Guns of Navarone" has that explosive ending for audience satisfaction.

  • Still a Great Movie

    • Jim
    • 12/18/14

    I first saw The Guns of Navarone when it came out in 1961 and have seen it at least 20 times since then and it never gets old. Will watch it every chance I get. Great cast, heavyweights in fact, with excellent acting.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    • John
    • 8/5/13

    Overall-4/5Lead Performers-5/5Supporting Cast-4/5Director-3/5Score-4/5Titles-4/5Screenplay-4/5Cinematography-3/5Importance-3/5Recommendation for fans of the genre-5/5


    • JayBee
    • 9/28/12

    I saw the movie in Tamilnadu as medical student with my friends. It was a hit in Tamilnadu which happened to be a subcapital of India's filmdom. The people were exposed to filmography and they could judge a film when they see one - even if they did not understand the dialogues fully. The slang you see..... They had their own English slang.Later on, I saw the picture in Malaysia.I really wanted to see it because of Anthony Quinn's acting. Superb acting. I have seen him in the 'Lion Of The Desert', 'Lawrence Of Arabia', 'The Message', 'Hunchback Of Notredame'. I think he has to be born again to excel hmself by himself.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    • Dashiell Barnes
    • 8/20/12

    An exciting WWII adventure picture. Peck, Quinn & scene-stealing Niven are part of a commando group charged to infiltrate & destroy German artillery cannons sealed within Navarone. Foreman's adaptation of Allistair MacLean's novel speaks a lot about the loyalties of the collection of character's, while also maintaining great action scenes. A fault in the film is the sometimes too-dimly lit photography, evident at nighttime. I give it a 4.5/5.

  • Quinn Under The Stars 2012

    • Tony Peck
    • 8/17/12

    This movie wouldn't have worked in my eyes with Holden instead of Peck.Don't care for snooty Niven,but he's okay.Quinn the Great here works as male Irene Pappas.

  • Guns of Navarone

    • Bruce
    • 7/16/11

    One of the great all time classic WWII films with Gregory Peck and the amazing Anthony Quinn. Peck and Quinn give outstanding performances as two players who are both friend and foe whenthe movie begins. Quinn uncovers a spy with his deft hearing, leads an attack of a Nazi patrol boatwith his knife (peeling potates), saves Peck's (Capt. Mallory) life when he slips climbing the entry point cliff, tricks the Germans with an act of sickness, all before the twinkle of amore' in the latter.Peck defines the pair's relationship early in the flick as Quinn's role (Col. Stavros) as being revenge filled when he discloses his mistake in allowing the German's an opportunity to claim wounded, but instead killed the Stavros wife and children. He swore revenge. "He's from Crete, those pople don't make idle threats," says Mallory.Irene Pappas (Maria) plays a very colorful role that takes the fire out Col. Stavros, tightening the bondof friendship between himself and Mallory. It assures the viewer the two could pull off the mission. David Niven's role would require a rewrite in today's time. A bit misguided, that's clear with injectedattempts to force him into the plot. Its odd, is not a well defined fit as the other cast members roles. Sporadic belligerence with the conscientious objector role of the 1960's is also clear.Impressive filming, impressive scenery, impressive acting by everyone with very good directing. If you watch carefully, you'll see Richard Harris with a very small speaking role at the beginning.


    • alexander perez
    • 5/29/11

    after reading the novel WHERE EAGLES DARE, also written by Alistair Maclean, i searched for the film adaptation in public libraries, or anything that was old time commando adventure. then i found the dvd of THE GUNS OF NAVARONE, and was intrigued by it, finding the plot similar to WHERE EAGLES DARE. seeing this movie captued my imagination, despite it's slow pace. the special effects deliver for their time, a time when effects like those were made naturally and creatively, unlike the CGI rubbish of today. if it were made today, it would be just another INGLORIOUS BASTERDS bloodfest. this film is more than just an action flick, being, like Gregory Peck says in the trailer, a human story. yes, the film balances comic book style exploit with a little reality, but this film was made to use World War II as a backdrop for an exciting adventure film.

  • Rousing Epic starring Gregory Peck and David Niven

    • David Atkins
    • 8/13/10

    Two of my favorite male stars Greg Peck and David Nivenstar in this splendid rousing action adventure. Directed by the always able J Lee Thompson, and co starring James Darren then a young Columbia contract player and the beautiful Gia Scala.I liked this movie a lot!

  • The Guns of Navarone(1961)

    • nshepard
    • 7/20/10

    All -Star Cast, Top-Notch Script, Excellent Production Values and Perfect Direction make for a first rate World War Two thriller !Capt. Keith Mallory(Gregory Peck) and Cpl. Miller(David Niven) help commandeer a group of commandoes on the Island of Navarone. The German Army has establised a base with two powerful mammoth guns atop the island. Anthony Quinn and Anthony Quayle also star. Sent to the least defended part of the isle, Peck and crew must meet a time deadline, and meet up with other patriots, in order to destroy the guns that would control the Agean entry. But, there is a traitor in the group, and they must overcome many obstacles to meet their objective. Long, but engaging. Alistair McLean novel and co-scripted screenplay with Carl Foreman. 5 out of 5 stars. Quite a thriller. DVD remastered.

  • You'll love it even if you don't like war movies!

    • Mimi Stratton
    • 1/22/10

    My granny took us to see this movie when it came out--when I was six! I loved it then and I love it now. It's action-packed, funny and engaging. I don't like war movies but I will watch this one over and over.

  • THE Adventure Film

    • Bob Hendrick
    • 12/15/08

    My personal benchmark for what makes a great film, is the number of times that I have seen it; and my desire to see it again and again. This is one of my favorite films of all time. If you consider the cast alone, this would make for a film classic (Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, David Niven, Stanley Baker and Irene Papas. It is one of those rare times in moviemaking when everything comes together perfectly: Casting, acting, direction (brilliantly by J. Lee Thompson) and screenplay and a memorable score by the great Dimitri Tiomkin. Arguably, the greatest adventure film ever made (even by today's standards.)

  • Top-notch action and thrills!!

    • Henock Gugsa
    • 3/13/08

    This is just a superb movie with some big gun (pardon the pun) actors in an ensemble performance! The best one of the lot here is Anthony Quinn, who is practically stealing scenes left and right. David Niven is also quite delightful in a role for which he should have gotten some kind of an award. And of-course Gregory Peck, as usual, delivers! (Sorry, I am a big fan of Mr. Peck.) The Navarone saga is told with just the right amount of detail. There are no over-labored moments in this movie. To top it all off, the movie has an excellent theme music that is memorable and uniquely appropriate. All in all, this movie is truly one of those about which could be said..."They don't make 'em like that anymore!"

  • Guns of Navarone

    • Mary
    • 11/18/06

    Good Movie. I wish James Darren had had more dialogue. He did so well with what he did have, that I think he could have gotten more similar roles if he had had more. I liked the whole cast.

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