The Guns of Navarone1961
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
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as Capt. Mallory
as Cpl. Miller
as Col. Stavros
as CPO Brown
as Maj. Franklin
as Pvt. Pappadimos
as Group Captain
as Patrol Boat Captain
as German Gunnery Officer
as Commodore Jensen / Prologue Narrator, Jensen
Critic Reviews for The Guns of Navarone
Above all, the film lacks a firm controlling hand which would have ironed out passages of incoherent editing and made the climax really tell.
David Niven is the subservient but stylish chemist Miller, rounding out a film that ranks among the best war movies.
Beautifully paced, this 156-minute classic allows enough time for character development, plot complications, and several exciting set-pieces.
The finale is a touch overdramatic, but the film is nonetheless a first-class war epic.
The movie holds up pretty well as a rousing action picture, and also throws in a couple of comments about the contradictions of war.
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.
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.
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.
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