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The Guns of Navarone (Special Edition)

Gregory Peck    DVD
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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 clichés 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

Special Features

This special-edition DVD gives the modern-day viewer a taste of what movies were like in 1961. Four curious featurettes are included, produced as publicity for the film. James Darren narrates a little ditty at his honeymoon in Malta during filming; Irene Papas narrates a giddy, old-fashioned look at "Two Girls on the Town." There's even a filmed bit with producer-writer Carl Foreman that showed once at the premiere. The 20-minute retrospective made in 1999 has the expected reminiscences from Gregory Peck and Anthony Quinn. Director J. Lee Thompson's audio commentary is a bit frustrating; he's now in his 80s, and most of his recollections are slow in coming. A historian could have brought out the film's history (it was the most expensive movie ever made at time of release) and produced a more vital viewing. --Doug Thomas

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gregory Peck leads the way! April 27 2004
By Dave
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!
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Format:VHS Tape
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great war films of the 1960's Nov. 16 2003
The Guns of Navarone is an excellent WWII adventure based on the novel by Alistair MacLean. It tells the story of Captain Keith Mallory and a team of expert saboteours who must destroy two radar controlled guns on the Mediterranean island of Navarone. If they do not succeed in their mission, 2,000 Allied troops on the island of Kheros will be killed unless they can be picked up before a German invasion. This movie is full of adventure as the team climbs a 400 foot cliff, battles German patrols all over the island, disputes among themselves, and so much more. This movie never slows down from beginning to end as the team tries to make their way into the small island fortress containing the guns. Boosted by an excellent Dimitri Tiomkin score similar to his score for The Alamo, this is a great movie with plenty of action and an excellent cast.
Gregory Peck stars as Captain Keith Mallory, who must lead the team on their mission. He is his usual good self in the role. David Niven and Anthony Quinn are both excellent as Corporal Miller, the logical explosives expert, and Colonel Andrea Stavros, a Greek guerilla fighter who has a past with Mallory. The rest of the team includes Anthony Quayle as Major Franklin, Stanley Baker as Brown, the expert with machines and knives, James Darren as Papadimos, the ruthless killer, and Irene Pappas and Gia Scala as two underground fighters on the island. James Robertson Justice and Robert Harris also make brief, but very effective, appearances early in the movie. The special edition DVD includes production notes, widescreen presentation, theatrical trailers, a documentary, commentary, and several featurettes. This is an excellent WWII adventure with great action and a perfect cast. If you like the movie, check out the novel by Alistair MacLean. Don't miss The Guns of Navarone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic WWII caper movie ! Aug. 27 2003
The Guns Of Navarone is the first in a long line of WWII 'Men on a Mission' films that sprung up in the sixties and early seventies. Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn and David Niven head the cast as Mallory, Andreas and Miller along with James Darren , Stanley Baker and Anthony Quale (the actual leader of the mission,incapacitated by an unfortunate climbing accident midway through the film)Also, look fast for Richard Harris! This interesting team of commandos are set out to destroy two massive german guns that are being used to thwart the allies efforts to invade the island of Navarone , which is currently being occupied by the Nazis ( as usual thousands of Nazis ) along the way they are met up with two Greek women from the undergroung to help with the plot against the germans. This Film is absolutely gripping from start to finish. with excellant action, character development and a thrilling climax, even by todays standards this film still holds up as one the most exciting WWII/mission movies ever do yourself a favor and put this on your "do not Miss" list, there is also a sequel called Force 10 from Navarone that is good as well
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Published 1 month ago by Lynda Gauvin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic war movie to be treasured
Story about a mission to destroy the German hidden canon at Navarone. Never a null moment. Actors were all super stars. Good picture and sound qualities. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great service and wonderful movies. Sure beats the ones they make today
Published 2 months ago by hoghead
5.0 out of 5 stars A great war classic
I like the old war genre movies, great actors with equally outstanding acting. I do recommend for war movie enthusiasts.
Published 7 months ago by Reg Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Drama Plus!
The Germans get outwitted yet again! Big guns get blown up by quick-thinking good guys. Stylish and over the top.
Published 12 months ago by eeyoore
5.0 out of 5 stars The Guns Of Navarone excellent movie!
This movie is still as enjoyable as it was when it came out. May not have had all the special effects as today, but was still able to tell the story of all the challenges the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Glen Mead
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine WW 2 Adventure
Another fine attempt to disrupt the enemy, where the scheme is nigh on impossible, but in times of War, anything is possible. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Trevor CUSTANCE
4.0 out of 5 stars Un classique à sa façon
Une excellente distribution et un enjeu des plus spectaculaire en font un film des plus agréable à revisiter. Il faut avoir vu les Canons une bonne fois dans sa vie. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Luigi
5.0 out of 5 stars A good World War II adventure, that still holds up today.
This is a classic movie, well paced with excellent action sequences to keep things going. There are lulls that are used to tell the story and fill out the characters, and the cast... Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2012 by imillard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic movie
This movie was the first of its kind when it was released. Many movies followed the same pattern. A commando team must go behind ennemy lines during WWII. Read more
Published on Dec 12 2011 by philippe
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