The Guns of Navarone

The Guns of Navarone
The Guns of Navarone
  • PG
  • 2h 37m
  • 1961
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Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn and David Niven are Allied saboteurs 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. Blacklisted screenwriter Carl Foreman (High Noon,The Bridge on the River Kwai) was determined to re-establish both his name and credibility after spending most of the 50's working in anonymity. To accomplish this, he decided to bring Alistair MacLean's best-selling novel, The Guns Of Navarone, to the screen. Supported by an all-star cast and produced on a grand scale, the film was an enormous success, receiving seven 1961 Academy Award® nominations (including Best Picture) and winning for Best Special Effects. Although Foreman achieved his goal, it was MacLean who would wind up the true beneficiary; his novels became the source for many high adventure screen epics, including Ice Station Zebra and Where Eagles Dare. However, it is The Guns Of Navarone that remains not only the best of the MacLean adaptations, but one of the greatest action/adventure spectacles ever produced.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Creative Loafing
Matt Brunson

Beautifully paced, this 156-minute classic allows enough time for character development, plot comp...

June 22, 2017
Empire Magazine

June 22, 2017
Eric Melin

The movie holds up pretty well as a rousing action picture, and also throws in a couple of comment...

June 22, 2017
Stuart Galbraith

June 22, 2017
Emanuel Levy

The 2007 two disc Collector's Edition includes discussion of the war movie genre and illuminating...

June 22, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Action
  • Release Date:July 1, 1961
  • Highest Available for Purchase:4KLearn More

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