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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

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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 A Classic war movie to be treasured July 13 2014
By Peter
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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. A classic war movie to be treasured.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars June 29 2014
By hoghead
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Great service and wonderful movies. Sure beats the ones they make today
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great war classic Jan. 30 2014
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I like the old war genre movies, great actors with equally outstanding acting. I do recommend for war movie enthusiasts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drama Plus! Aug. 30 2013
By eeyoore
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The Germans get outwitted yet again! Big guns get blown up by quick-thinking good guys. Stylish and over the top.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Guns Of Navarone excellent movie! June 8 2013
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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 soldiers faced during World War II.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine WW 2 Adventure May 23 2013
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Another fine attempt to disrupt the enemy, where the scheme is nigh on impossible, but in times of War, anything is possible. In this case, it was, with great soldiers, played by greater actors, who gave superb performances. Everyone watching this would hope for complete success. Lots of action, which was very realistic and in the end successful. I would recommend this film to anyone, some times I have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Un classique à sa façon Jan. 20 2013
By Luigi
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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. Un classique en son genre.
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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 is always worth watching. With Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, David Niven, Richard Attenborough, Stanley Baker and Anthony Quale, all of whom are quality actors.
The second disc has great background material and behind-the-scenes content that's worth watching.
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