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The Guns of Navarone Poster
Released Runtime Category
1961 157 War
Director Language
J. Lee Thompson English
Irene Papas, Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Gia Scala

The Guns of Navarone

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What's it About
A carefully selected, crack Allied team -- including mountaineering Captain Keith Mallory (Peck), Greek resistance fighter Colonel Andrea Stavros (Quinn), and explosives specialist Corporal Miller (Niven) -- is recruited for a top-secret, near-suicide mission: penetrate a remote fortress on a Nazi-held island and blow up the two enormous long-range guns, which prevent the rescue of two thousand British soldiers.
Why we love it
Carl Foreman adapted this epic-scale adventure based on Alistair MacLean's book, and the result is colorful, highly suspenseful entertainment. The movie boasts terrific action sequences, but also scores as engrossing ensemble drama thanks to solid turns from a top international cast, including Niven (particularly good in a largely unsympathetic role), Quinn, Irene Papas, and Anthony Quayle. Nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, it won for its superb special effects. Take my word for it: these “Guns” hit the bulls-eye!

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