The guns of Navarone are huge Nazi cannons, installed on an Aegean island behind enemy lines. Anthony Quayle is the officer assigned by the British to lead a task force to put the guns out of commission. When Quayle is injured, the mission winds up in the relatively inexperienced hands of Gregory Peck. There's little love lost between Peck, explosives expert David Niven and Greek patriot Anthony Quinn, especially when it becomes known that there's a traitor in their midst. Resistance leader Irene Papas weeds out the traitor, but there's still those guns to take care of. Filmed on location in Rhodes and distinguished by Oscar-winning special effects, Guns of Navarone (based on Alistair MacLean's best-seller was a major box-office hit of 1961; less successful was the pared-down 1977 sequel, Force Ten From Navarone. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Wow! What a great action movie! It truly is non-stop. There's action, intrigue, drama, and pathos ... with NO hokey contrived fight scenes ... This film is from the 60's, yet it truly overshadows any others of this genre that have been made since. Alistair MacClean always was a better adventure story writer than either Michael Crichton or even Ian Fleming. Reviewed by Mario P.
This is one of the greatest WWII films ever made, and it's got an absolutely amazing cast. Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, and David Niven could not have played their parts better. The Guns of Navarone shows both that war is hell but also highlights the soldier's spirit of self-sacrifice for a greater cause.