Miller and Mallory, the heroes of "The Guns of Navarone" are back, sort of. We knew them as Peck and Niven, but little else but those two characters connects this movie with the 60's classic. Here, Mallory (Robert Shaw) and Miller (Ed Fox)hitch a ride with an American special forces team into war-torn Yugoslavia on a mission to assassinate a turncoat partisan who is betraying Tito's forces to the Nazis. Force-10, led by Col. Applebee (Harrison Ford), has its own mission and its own ways of getting into the battle zone - neither of which they discuss with Malliry or Miller. On their way to Yugoslavia (actually, on their way to getting their ride to Yugoslavia) the crew picks up Weaver (Carl Weathers) a sergeant on his way to the stockade. Things don't go as planned - even for Force-10's exceptionally pessimistic planning. Mallory and Applebee soon find themselves forced to discuss each other's secret mission and find themselves dependent on each other to carry it out.
This was a sort of good movie - ironically it would do better if we didn't think it had anything to do with the original "Navarone". What otherwise kills the flick is that there's no central villain - Richard Kiel plays a monstrous Chetnick who baits Carl Wethers and the rest of us, but that's about all. There's a high-ranking Nazi who puts in an early appearance and an almost as fast exit. The biggest disappointment is the plot - save the partisans. The partisan commander's antipathy to his Anglo-American allies stems from his suspicion that they consider his war theater a backwater, an idea the script does little to contradict. Still, the flick is definitely worth a look - I actually enjoyed it, especially how it tries to look and sound like a war movie made a decade earlier, rousing music and all.