The Guns of Navarone Reviews
Gregory Peck, David Niven, and Anthony Quinn become a worthy trio for such a movie about teamwork. Although it is not a Dirty Dozen nor a Magnificent Seven, it doesn't even have a number in it's name, the Guns of Navarone takes the usual "perilous task that only selected criminals can fix" plot and focuses the time and attention to the journey in the plot. Usually, sitting in tension, sawing off our fingernails, the climax of every movie in this category revolves around whether or not every man will survive or how they get killed. In The Guns of Navarone, three men are killed off rather quickly (not that we care about them) and danger lies miles away from Peck and his friends. Be rest assured, you won't have to bite your nails as this movie comes to an end.
Don't turn away too quickly. Like I said, the journey across Navarone offers whatever excitement you long for, and even some laughs. Anthony Quinn is the comic artist in this movie as he tries to keep a straight face. You might very well turn off the TV confused if this movie was a War Drama or Comedy. This movie should be given any chance you have to offer.And while you are entertained know that you can also be enriched as this tale is based off a real story.
Captain Mallory (Gregory Peck) must lead a team of Allied saboteurs into occupied Greece to destroy a pair of state-of-the-art Nazi guns that threaten the Allies' access to the Mediterranean. Along the way, the team must fight the perils of nature, the Nazis, and a traitor in their midst to get the job done.
Well-done action sequences make this worth watching, but another rewrite and some tighter editing could have made it better.
Starring: Anthony Quayle, Anthony Quinn, Carl Foreman, David Niven, Gregory Peck
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson