Guns of Navarone, The (Columbia 1961, David Niven, Gregory Peck)

The Guns of Navarone was a fine war movie with an all-star cast and a gripping plot based on the Alistair MacLean novel. A commando team is sent to a Greek Island to destroy the giant Nazi guns that are controlling a strategic channel in the Aegean Sea. This was a groundbreaker in the Special Effects department.

Although Gregory Peck had been a successful and popular actor for nearly two decades, the 1961 film The Guns of Navarone would become his most financially successful film until The Omen fifteen years later.

Leslie Halliwell called it “ambitiously produced Boy’s Own Paper heroics, with lots of noise and self-sacrifice.”

The Guns of Naverone

Golden Globes for Best Original Score; Best Motion Picture, Drama.
Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture; Best Director; Best (Adapted) Screenplay.

Cast: Gregory Peck. David Niven, Stanley Baker, Anthony Ouinn, Anthony Quayle, James Darren, Gia Seala, James Robertson Justice, Richard Harris, Irene Papas, Bryan Forbes

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Producer: Cecil F. Ford
Director of Photography: Oswald Morris
Editor: Alan Osbiston
Composer: Dimitri Tiomkin
Screenwriter: Carl Foreman
Production Designer: Geoffrey Drake

USA – UK / Columbia / 157 minutes / 1961

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