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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars what happened to the print or the negative
This film is excellent howerver the picture quality is worst than
many VHS movies I have here. the first 20 mins are terrible, colors are unstables. It a shame, and there are stating (Sony pictures) in the pamplet that this was taken by the original 35 negative. With all the respect I have for Sony as a company, I have a hard time to beleive that this 35 negative has...
Published on Jan. 28 2003 by francois
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great war films of the 1960's,
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!
5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic WWII caper movie !,
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make movies like this one anymore...,
So, to see a first-rate, exciting, intelligent action/adventure movie that does NOT rely on special effects to entertain, watch The Guns of Navarone. Although the special effects seem quite primitive, everything else about this movie puts current Hollywood blockbusters to shame. It features excellent actors, complex characters, a compelling plot, good cinematography, and is overall one of the finest action/adventure films out there.
In The Guns of Navarone, a group of highly skilled men are put on a seemingly impossible mission: to, in a few days, make their way through the ocean, over a cliff, and go and destroy two huge heavily-guarded German guns on the island of Navarone, which are preventing the escape of British prisoners on a nearby island. If they fail, all the prisoners will be killed - but if they succeed, they will save two thousand lives!
Besides the thrilling action sequences, The Guns of Navarone presents several facinating characters, played by Gregory Peck, David Niven, and Anthony Quinn, who all give excellent performances, and offers some interesting insights on the nature of leadership and whose responsibility it is when men are killed. So, this is a must-see for anyone curious about what truly great action-adventure films are. Enjoy!
5.0 out of 5 stars Still good,
This review is from: Guns of Navarone, the (VHS Tape)This has always been one of my favorite movies, and I think it's held up extremely well next to newer action movies. The music and cinematography are atmospheric and emotive, and the action is suspenseful.
Most of the action is restrained - one-on-one shootouts, or scenes where the heroes must evade the Germans. There is one moment at the end where a handful of German soldiers are dispatched rather easily, but that's only one scene out of the entire movie. In the rest of the film's action sequences, the protagonists aren't made out to be superhuman heroes the way they would be today. They are flawed characters and are more believable for their flaws.
There is a beautiful scene in the middle of this film, when the commando team pauses for a while in a tiny Greek village while seeking a doctor for their wounded leader. They arrive while a wedding ceremony is being held, and join in the singing. The Germans, of course, eventually interrupt, but before they do we're treated to a wonderful moment of happiness amid the violence and dramatic tension.
The one thing I can't fathom is why Gregory Peck is playing a British officer, but I can excuse that. Of all of Peck's roles that I've seen, he does the best in this one, combining strength and vulnerability, and you actually believe his lines. The other actors - Anthony Quinn, David Niven, etc - are superb.
Overall this is an extremely good movie. Not only is it entertaining but it gives a deeper feeling of reality than any other action/war movies I've seen.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Guns...,
After an air strike fails to destroy the guns, it is decided that an undercover attempt to destroy them will proceed. The team is headed by Major Mallory (Gregory Peck) a renowned mountaineer. The rest of the group includes, Colonel Andrea Stavros (Anthony Quinn), explosives expert Corporal Miller (David Niven), Major Franklin (Anthony Quale), Pvt. Pappadimos (James Darin) and Pvt. "Butcher" Brown (Stanley Baker). The first leg of their journey is by sea into dangerous waters patrolled by the Germans. The group barely manages to get ashore on Navarone, before their boat is broken on the island's rocky shore. Their next step is to scale a sheer cliff, at night and in a driving rain. Somehow, they make it to the top, but not without casualties, as Franklin suffers a broken leg on the climb. From there, the group treks through the mountains with the wounded man, pursued by the Germans. They make contact with two members of the local resistance, Maria (Irene Papas) and Anna (Gia Scala), and proceed to the town of Mandrakos where they are captured. Escaping from the Germans, and now dressed in German uniforms, the group arrives in the town of Navarone, and prepares for their ultimate challenge, the destruction of the guns. It's no easy task, and the group is badly shaken by internal problems. With new resolve, they forge on taking the story to its explosive climax.
For screen adventure in classic tradition, don't miss this one. For the time, this was the height of action and adventure filmmaking. Now, over 40 years old, you may not believe that this film won an Oscar for best special effects. The transfer to DVD of the restored print is excellent for a film of this age. Extras include an informative documentary as well as some behind the scenes featurettes shot during the making of the film. They add to the enjoyment and appreciation of this war epic. Director J. Lee Thompson's commentary track, is sporadic and delivered in a halting speaking style, which may be a bit slow for some. Bear in mind that Mr. Thompson was probably about 85 years old at the time, recalling events that happened 40 years before.
4.0 out of 5 stars 3D People Under Stress,
5.0 out of 5 stars Heroes All,
Peck's Captain Mallory and his small team of saboteurs are assigned to free 2,000 British soldiers from the Nazi-held island of Navarone, and they must destroy two enormous long-range guns in the process. They go about this seemingly insurmountable task with much heroism.
The movie is character-driven and action-packed. The special effects are excellent, and they are as exciting to watch today as they were in 1961.
Come on, all you women out there -- Let's see some of your reviews!
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Action Film with Some Flaws,
Still, there are flaws I noticed along with other viewers, such as the ease of their escape from Walter Gotell's capture, or the phoniness of the battling towards the end. Not only do the heroes have any easy time battling the German forces, but it's their own clumsiness and stupidity that eventually kills them, such as James Darren's and Stanley Baker's deaths.
One scene that particularly bothered me: Why did David Niven get so upset at Gregory Peck for leaving Anthony Quayle with the Germans with the wrong information. As mentioned earlier in the film, they had 3 options: Take him with them (in that case he'll die), leave him with the Germans (in that case he gives away details of the whole plan), or kill him. Peck came up with the perfect solution, and Niven's overreaction("You're rather a ruthless character, Captain Mallory!") seemed an unnecessary excuse to start the pretentious, philosophical arguing. The conflict between Anthony Quinn and Peck is much better handled and resolved.
However, excusing these flaws still makes this one of the more solid, satisfying entertainments on war. I agree 100% with the previous reviewer about the end. The shots of Niven and Peck looking on, combined with the scenic shots of the Greek isles and Dimitri Tiomkin's music make a very aesthetic, moving ending.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Biggest and Best "Guns",
4.0 out of 5 stars A DVD review,
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