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The Guns of Navarone Reviews

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February 21, 2015
A perfect snowy Saturday afternoon movie - and one of my favorite action films. Perfect cast and perfect locations.
½ November 23, 2014
***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***
November 22, 2014
"The Guns of Navarone" places a group of hard-boiled Allied saboteurs into scenarios that require them to put their civilian instincts for compassion aside for the sake of the mission. Whole other, milder, happier lives seem implicit in these characters' sad glances and careful movements, and Gregory Peck and Anthony Quayle in particular convey with great subtlety that their characters would rather be comfortably behind desks-not to preserve their own safety, which they put unhesitatingly at risk, but to prevent them from having to make difficult decisions about the lives of other members of their top-secret team. The casting of well-known, likable actors such as David Niven, Gregory Peck, and Anthony Quinn is essential for the impact of the story's cloak-and-dagger twists, in which agonizing personal decisions and private anxieties are brought to the fore. The Nazis are of course fearful villains, especially in a tense interrogation scene, and their heavy gun emplacement targeted for sabotage makes for a great set piece backdrop, but in a departure from other war films of the period these elements are almost a sideshow here. At the heart of the film instead are the dynamics within the Allied infiltration team itself, and the team's efforts to navigate, in good faith, the situations that require them to regard as expendable anyone who threatens the success of the mission-including injured or untrustworthy members of their own team. These personalized stakes make "Navarone" among the most tense and uncompromising war movies I've seen.
August 23, 2014
The godfather of set-pieces in movies! Every look back at The Guns of N throws up some interesting moments, especially the ones with Quinn,arguably the greatest character actor ever to have graced the motion pictures, in it.
½ August 17, 2014
Blev så sugen på denna klassiker.
Bör ses! :)
½ August 7, 2014
One of the best WW II epic films of the 1960s. Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn lead an Allied commando team to destroy an impregnable German fortress that threatens Allied naval ships in the Aegean Sea and prevent 2,000 isolated British troops from being rescued. Based largely on Alistair MacLean's great novel, it is as a mostly gripping adventure tale supported by stars who bring a different perspective to their roles. The film features some nice touches. First and foremost, I'm glad that the German troops all speak German to each other, rather than heavily accented English as in many WW II movies. You can understand what they are discussing even if you don't understand German, but even if you don't, you won't miss any important plot details. Scene settings are well constructed. The Guns of Navarone makes full use of the landscape as well some ancient ruins. They filmed in a city and it appears as if half the town's population were used as extras. The characters jump from one action sequence to another. Several scenes play out with no dialogue. The director was smart enough to let the character's actions speak for themselves. The action scenes are not just there for action sake, but for a specific reason in advancing the plot. The commandos clamber up and down Greek hills and through ruins, all of which look genuine enough. The raging storm that the commandos encounter while sailing the Aegean was well constructed.

Many action films that last over two and one half hours are way too long, however in tis one there are no superfluous scenes; each scene sweeps you into the next, with plenty of action amidst the drama that keeps the pace moving briskly along. For pure adventure, it's hard to top this one.
May 9, 2014
Classic. Enjoyed it at the time, but can't recall much about it now.
March 11, 2014
A strong, well cast men on a mission war film that's more well made than fun. The ending is the best part and along the way the drama is solid, although it suffers from being a little too long.
March 4, 2014
My biggest problem with this film is I have such a hard time understanding the story. Also Gregory Peck plays a british military officer, and does not even attempt an accent. I have watched the movie twice and only understand the plot because I read it on IMDb, i guess this just isn't my kind of flick.
February 21, 2014
Best film ever made!
½ December 30, 2013
A classic war movie of the 1960s, The Guns of Navarone tells the story of a daring raid on a Nazi gun emplacement set high on a Greek island. There's a peerless cast featuring David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Anthony Quayle, Irene Papas and Stanley Baker making this a pleasure to watch and the direction by J. Lee Thompson still seems fresh. The solid plot based on an Alistair MacLean novel packs in plenty of action and tension as the team try to accomplish their mission despite seemingly insurmountable odds and the possibility of a mole within their ranks. This is one of those truly perennial favourite movies that always stands up to further viewing and shows just how good the film-makers at the top of their game during this era actually were.
½ December 9, 2013
Exceptionally directed. Deals with difficult questions. A few parts run on for too long. The kiss was wrong. But otherwise, a fine production. Whoever thought of the operation should've been immediately relieved of duty...but we wouldn't have had a movie.
½ December 1, 2013
Terrific WWII spectacle film. Great acting from a great cast!
Super Reviewer
½ November 30, 2013
What a great and wonderful WWII film with an all-star cast of brilliant actors and a very well done script that makes the film's 2 and a half hours fly by! The writing is impeccable and intelligent and there is rarely a dull moment in the film, but character development isn't put on the backburner by any means, as the characters all have their moments within the film. What an action film it is and it really provides on all fronts and is still an exciting and fun watch over 50 years later!
November 22, 2013
Epic action war movie. Brilliant story and a star packed cast.
November 21, 2013
I own this on DVD in a two movie pack along with:
* Force 10 From Navarone (1976)

and i also own the rare two-disc DVD.
November 13, 2013
Thank you Skatalites for your magnificent reference to this movie, thank you a lot!
October 23, 2013
Terrific WWII movie! Well acted by all.
Super Reviewer
October 4, 2013
A very entertaining WWII movie that seems to be one of the last of a continuous set of films that came out post-war. The story is aided by singling out one very specific but important mission in a very specific but important place. Peck is fantastic as the man in charge.
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