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The Guns of Navarone (1961)


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Release Date: Jun 22, 1961 Wide



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The guns of Navarone are huge Nazi cannons, installed on an Aegean island behind enemy lines. Anthony Quayle is the officer assigned by the British to lead a task force to put the guns out of commission. When Quayle is injured, the mission winds up in the relatively inexperienced hands of Gregory Peck. There's little love lost between Peck, explosives expert David Niven and Greek patriot Anthony Quinn, especially when it becomes known that there's a traitor in their midst. Resistance leader

May 23, 2000

Columbia Pictures

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Beautifully paced, this 156-minute classic allows enough time for character development, plot complications (including the requisite double-cross by a member of the outfit) and several exciting set-pieces.

August 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

The movie holds up pretty well as a rousing action picture, and also throws in a couple of comments about the contradictions of war.

October 27, 2011 Full Review Source:

One of the best WWII action-adventures, with an all-star cast headed by Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, and David Niven, this Oscar-winner (in special effects) is stirringly directed by the vastly underestimated J. Lee Thompson

June 16, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

David Niven is the subservient but stylish chemist Miller, rounding out a film that ranks among the best war movies.

May 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Rousingly old-fashioned WWII adventure

November 11, 2005
Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Guns of Navarone has long been a big-time favorite of the war-movie aficionados, and the film still holds up resoundingly well today.

November 9, 2005 Full Review Source:

Superior WWII spectacle

October 23, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

It was forgettable but highly entertaining.

February 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (2)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Another classic WW2 epic. Suspense, espionage, and some big BIG guns.

March 21, 2003

A good old-fashioned Nazi ass-whomping, aided by some great effects and a charming pair of heroes.

February 6, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

Great old-fashioned war thriller

August 7, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

...epic grandeur with unabashed heroism.

January 1, 2000
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for The Guns of Navarone

A group of soldiers must blow up a bank of guns in order to get a strategic advantage in WWII.
This film starts out as a basic "guys on a mission" movie, a propagandistic glory epic typical of post-WWII cinema. Toward the beginning, the indomitable Gregory Peck might as well be the swaggering John Wayne, and David Niven could be the wise-cracking Lee Marvin in Cat Ballou. But as the plot thickens and we get to know the characters, the film grows a soul. The efficacy of violence and the cold-heartedness of Mallory become relevant social themes in lieu of performative bad-assery. Miller (Niven's character) serves as the film's conscience, and no one can have a more articulate conscience than the voice and wit of David Niven. It takes a while, but questioning these characters' ethics serves to deepen the film's effectiveness.
Overall, "guys on a mission" films can be trite and uninteresting, but this one rises above its genre by the end.
October 1, 2013
Jim Hunter

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A classic action-adventure that even it's time, can still deliver the goods. Two and half hours of pure excitement and intelligence. One of the greatest action-adventure films ever made. A masterpiece. An exciting, riveting and action-packed thrill-ride. A smart, well-crafted and suspenseful piece of film-making that works extremely well. A tremendously entertaining and vastly epic movie. A trio of brilliant performances from Anthony Quinn, Gregory Peck and David Niven. They are a charming pair of heroes who all have the goods to take down the bad guys and save the day. These particular brand of films still work and have energy and skill to blow away other films of today who have tried to accomplish what this one has.
February 21, 2013

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An exciting action film about WWII. David Niven is a little absurd, and the romance story was not executed as well as it could have been. Nevertheless, its a favorite war film of mine.
October 27, 2012

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Great action - especially for a movie filmed 50 years ago.
The only thing that bugs me - we are supposed to shed a tear for the four members of the British task force who don't make it, but not give a poop for the 50+ German soldiers they kill.
June 27, 2012

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