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The Guns of Navarone

  NR HD Closed Captioning

J. Lee Thompson

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Plot Summary

Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn and David Niven are Allied saboteurs assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held island and destroy the two enormous long-range field guns that prevent the rescue of 2,000 trapped British soldiers. Blacklisted screenwriter Carl Foreman (High Noon, The Bridge On the River Kwai) was determined to re-establish both his name and credibility after spending most of the '50s working in anonymity. To accomplish this, he decided to bring Alistair MacLean's best-selling novel, The Guns of Navarone, to the screen. Supported by an all-star cast and produced on a grand scale, the film was an enormous success, receiving seven 1961 Academy Award® nominations (including Best Picture) and winning for Best Special Effects. Although Foreman achieved his goal, it was MacLean who would wind up the true beneficiary; his novels became the source for many high adventure screen epics, including Ice Station Zebra and Where Eagles Dare. However, it is The Guns of Navarone that remains not only the best of the MacLean adaptations, but one of the greatest action/adventure spectacles ever produced.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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95%
  • Reviews Counted: 22
  • Fresh: 21
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: David Niven is the subservient but stylish chemist Miller, rounding out a film that ranks among the best war movies. – Arthur Ryel-Lindsey, Slant Magazine, May 14, 2007

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Customer Reviews

True classic

This is one of the best WWII movies of all times. Terrific cast, great acting, and an extreamly well written script. This is a must see if you enjoy WWII movies, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn or David Niven.

Classic, Thriliing, and Entertaining!

I loved this movie. The story, acting, cinematography, and special effects were outstanding then as they ar now. I found the inteplay of the characters to be the mot intriguing from Peck's resigned and thoughtful somberness, Quinn's tough tenderness, and Niven's cynical excitability to really make the movie work. The movie in itself is a study of the movie making, and acting styles of the 60's and in excellence in movie-making.

Great movie

One of the best war movies i have ever seen. great plot an lots of action

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Classics
  • Released: 1961

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