The Guns of Navarone

A team of allied saboteurs are assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held island and destroy the two enormous long-range field guns that prevent the rescue of 2,000 trapped British soldiers.

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Film Cast:

  • Capt. Keith Mallory: Gregory Peck
  • Cpl. James Arthur Miller: David Niven
  • Col. Andrea Stavros: Anthony Quinn
  • Pvt. ‘Butcher’ Brown: Stanley Baker
  • Maj. Roy Franklin: Anthony Quayle
  • Pvt. Spyros Pappadimos: James Darren
  • Maria Pappadimos: Irene Papas
  • Anna: Gia Scala
  • Commodore Jensen / Prologue Narrator: James Robertson Justice
  • Squadron Leader Howard Barnsby RAAF: Richard Harris
  • Cohn: Bryan Forbes
  • Maj. Baker: Allan Cuthbertson
  • Weaver: Michael Trubshawe
  • Sgt. Grogan: Percy Herbert
  • SS Hauptman Sessler: George Mikell
  • Muesel: Walter Gotell
  • Nicolai: Tutte Lemkow
  • Commandant: Albert Lieven
  • Group Captain: Norman Wooland
  • Bride: Kleo Skouloudi
  • Patrol Boat Captain: Nicholas Papakonstantinou
  • German Gunnery Officer: Christopher Rhodes
  • German Officer on Navarone: William Hoehne Jr.

Film Crew:

  • Associate Editor: Raymond Poulton
  • Producer: Carl Foreman
  • Songs: Dimitri Tiomkin
  • Director of Photography: Oswald Morris
  • Sound Recordist: John Cox
  • Assistant Director: Peter Yates
  • Special Effects: Wally Veevers
  • Makeup Artist: George Frost
  • Associate Editor: Oswald Hafenrichter
  • Other: Elga Andersen
  • Director: J. Lee Thompson
  • Songs: Paul Francis Webster
  • Camera Operator: Denys N. Coop
  • Associate Editor: John Victor-Smith
  • Production Manager: Harold Buck
  • Editor: Alan Osbiston
  • Production Design: Geoffrey Drake
  • Additional Photography: John Wilcox
  • Costume Design: Olga Lehmann
  • Novel: Alistair MacLean
  • Associate Producer: Cecil F. Ford
  • Makeup Artist: Wally Schneiderman
  • Sound Editor: Chris Greenham
  • Sound Recordist: George Stephenson
  • Special Effects: Bill Warrington
  • Continuity: Pamela Davies
  • Associate Producer: Leon Becker
  • Wardrobe Supervisor: Monty Berman
  • Other: Golda Offenheim
  • First Assistant Editor: Joan Morduch
  • Other: Fritz Bayerlein
  • Other: D. S. T. Turnbull
  • Other: P. F. Kertemilidis
  • Other: P. J. Hands
  • Other: John Theologitis
  • Other: N. Lazaridis
  • Other: W. D. Mangham
  • Songs: Alfred Perry
  • Key Grip: Michael Walter
  • Clapper Loader: Mike Rutter
  • Publicist: Jean Osborne

Movie Reviews:

  • John Chard: Biffo – Bammo – Boffo!

    A team of army specialists are assembled with the task of infiltrating a German held Greek island. Then they have to destroy the mighty twin guns up in the hills that blight the British operations on the Aegean waters.

    Adapted from the Alistair MacLean novel, it’s directed by J. Lee Thompson and stars Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Anthony Quayle, Stanley Baker and James Darren. Music is scored by Dimitri Tiomkin and cinematography by Oswald Morris.

    Watching it now it seems oh so very formulaic, but it was rarely the norm back than for war films to always follow this brand of high end adventure staples. The makers take a bunch of men from the various social spectrum and thrust them together for an impossible mission. We have the stiff backed guys with moral reasoning at their core, the rough and tumble men, all face fuzz and machismo seeping from every pore, and a young baby faced youngster blossoming into a man by the day.

    They will be put through the mangler at regular intervals, faced with scenarios to test their metal, all while the group view each other with suspicions of motives and reasonings. Here the character sub-plots, their hang-ups and frets, do not bog down the fun or the excitement, they enhance the narrative. We also get two ladies entering the group (Irene Papas/Gia Scala), and they too add some meat into an already beefy stew.

    Action is a plenty, suspense equally so. While of course there’s twists and turns to input some mystery and pot boiling character dynamics. Elsewhere, Tiomkin provides a robust Golden Globe Winning score, and Bill Warrington & Chris Greenham’s special effects won the Academy Award in that department – they look at times a bit weak now, but who cares right? The array of screen work, matte paintings and miniatures blend superbly with the outdoor location photography, which points us to a time when film makers worked their socks off to create the magic up there on the screen. Oh and the scripted dialogue is just wonderful and beating an intelligent heart.

    One of the quintessential boy’s own – men on a mission movies, The Guns of Navarone, still a treat over 55 years since it was first shown in theatres, and crucially, it’s still influencing other film makers as well. 9/10

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