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Worth A Look: 22.73%
Average: 2.27%
Pretty Bad: 2.27%
Total Crap: 4.55%

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Guns of Navarone, The
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"A First-Rate Action/Adventure Flick"
5 stars

The Guns of Navarone at first gives you the impression that you're watching a war movie. Then you see it and you come to realize that you've seen a terrific adventure movie. The film thrills you and its full of excitement all over, and has a pacing that allows you to relax and at the same time keep you up to date of what's going on. There are a few close calls but at the end the movie really delivers. That's what I thought after I watched it with some friends over at a Restaurant owners house. We certainly had a good time.

The Guns are situated in the Greek town of Navarone (hence the title) on the Mediterranean Sea that protect that side of the Greek islands. The power of these guns against battle cruisers, plus their location on a well dented cave makes the evacuation of endangered British troops on a neighboring island impossible, much less try to attack it by air, due to the dented position of the cave, which gives it even more protection. The British Intelligence know this, so their only chance is to send an elite team of commandos, led by Captain Keith Mallory (Gregory Peck), explosive specialist corporal Miller (David Niven), Mallory's old time "friend" Colonel Andrea Stavros (Anthony Quinn), the other officer in charge Major Roy Franklin (Anthony Quayle), Private Brown (Stanley Baker) AKA the "Butcher of Barcelona," and Private Spyros Pappadimos (James Darren), to go by sea and land and trying not to be detected, to destroy those guns. So these guys go on, and head towards Greece to accomplish the job, and later they get help from rebel fighters Maria Papadimos (Irene Papas), and Anna (Gia Scala). Will they get to destroy the guns, despite setbacks and a traitor in between them?

One of the things that this film has that works, is the use of classic old-fashioned action. It isn't overblown like many action movies do today, and it gives you the necessary thrills to be pleased. The FX is well made, and for that time, I'm still impressed that they could pull off some good FX scenes almost neatly. The scripts pace seems perfect for the film, though in the documentary, which came on the DVD version of the film, director J. Lee Thompson comments that in some scenes if he were doing the film today, he would've accelerated the pace a little. This to a certain point is true, since the film has certain close calls towards boredom, but is ultimately saved by the upcoming action scenes. Despite that, the film remains viewable and as I said before, it keeps you up to the minute and gives you most of the time a breath of fresh air. The script was well written, with some remarkable lines and interesting twists. Its storyline is basically simple, and its simplicity even helps the film more in questions of understanding what's going on throughout many scenes. The performances of the film were great, with Peck, Niven and Quinn giving it all their best.

In the end, I recommend this film if you're planning to have an entertaining movie night with your friends or family, or just even yourself. It's really a film worth seeing, since the film delivers the basic element which movies are made for: It entertains. So get a hold of whomever you can, grab some popcorn and enjoy the show. (4.5-5)

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User Comments

9/20/17 The Big D Great war movie--old-fashioned good guys vs. bad guys action! 4 stars
3/27/12 A. Pouw Best film ever 5 stars
9/10/11 Debbie Mac Great movie. 4 stars
7/27/10 Kevin Brooks favourite fijm of all time 5 stars
2/16/10 Jack They don't make 'em like this anymore. A Classic. 5 stars
7/05/09 shahnawaz hasan great movie and a delight for gregory fan 4 stars
2/15/09 brian Professionally done but routine. 3 stars
7/03/08 Geoffrey Well paced, great photography, convincing acting: yes, a classic 5 stars
6/01/08 DIXIE A1 CLASSIC MOVIE 5 stars
5/01/08 srini.a with peck, quin, and niven this is an alltime classic 4 stars
3/30/08 Pamela White A-One war drama 5 stars
10/30/07 shashank sexy movie 5 stars
4/19/07 Joseph Sebastine Fantastic entertainer in the line of "Where Eagles Dare" 5 stars
2/03/07 Vip Ebriega Classic!!!! 4 stars
2/02/07 MP Bartley Big, exciting WW2 actioner. I'd want David Niven and Gregory Peck on my secret mission. 4 stars
12/31/05 John O'Connor Even after five or more viewings, it still delivers--especially it's seldom-matched climax. 5 stars
11/28/05 Michael Great Movie ... simple, straight, entertainment 5 stars
11/12/05 m.v.pradhan excellent movie, good picturisation. 5 stars
8/12/05 ES An excellent movie with some great dialogue and tightly suspense moments 5 stars
1/17/05 1 Total Crap 1 stars
7/05/04 Spero All time Classic 5 stars
6/25/04 Stew Padasso I would like smell Gregory Peck farts 4 stars
3/31/04 R.W. Welch Astutely plotted, played and directed. A top drawer adventure flick. 5 stars
3/25/04 john despite Peck a rather dull and lifeless adventure 2 stars
8/31/03 Christopher Martin A great film with a brilliant plot. 5 stars
8/16/03 Jas A really good story! 5 stars
10/16/02 Dave Grumblis The best film ever made...What a cast! 5 stars
9/19/02 Dave Be So Good Peck is great! But not top 20 material. 1 stars
8/02/02 Wim vanderWerf A Classic: Alistair Macleans finest book. The finest actors of the period 5 stars
6/19/02 Charles Tatum Edge of your seat smart actioner; Screw you, Schwarzenegger! 5 stars
5/25/02 DMF Well worth seeing. But twice? (my criteria of awesome) 4 stars
5/10/02 R.W. Welch Expertly plotted and executed, an adventure classic. 5 stars
4/28/02 Gerald Johnson One of my favorite war films!!!! 5 stars
4/24/02 Bubba Lundy Thrilling storyline 5 stars
9/23/01 Larry Smith Good movie... improbable mission..... 4 stars
5/18/01 Elena Cool!! 5 stars
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  DVD: 08-May-2007



Directed by
  J. Lee Thompson

Written by
  Carl Foreman

  Gregory Peck
  David Niven
  Anthony Quinn
  Stanley Baker
  Anthony Quayle
  James Darren

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