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The Guns of Navarone (1961) was a Action - Adventure Film directed by Alexander Mackendrick and J. Lee Thompson and produced by Carl Foreman, Cecil F. Ford and Leon Becker.

Academy Awards 1961 --- Ceremony Number 34 (source: AMPAS)

Best DirectorJ. Lee ThompsonNominated
Best Film EditingAlan OsbistonNominated
Best Music - ScoringDimitri TiomkinNominated
Best PictureCarl Foreman, ProducerNominated
Best WritingCarl ForemanNominated

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Alastair MacLean's The Guns of Navarone

By Rick29 on Jun 14, 2020 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

A long movie that doesn't seem long is a carefully-crafted motion picture. Such is the case with The Guns of Navarone (1961), which clocks in at a brisk 158 minutes. Based on Alastair MacLean's 1957 novel, it tells the story of a small military team tasked with destroying two huge German guns. Th... Read full article

The Guns of Navarone (1961)

By Beatrice on Jul 14, 2017 From Flickers in Time

The Guns of Navarone ? Directed by J. Lee Thompson Written by Carl Foreman from a novel by Alastair MacLean 1961/USA Columbia Pictures Corp/Highroad Productions Repeat viewing/Netflix rental This is a solid war movie with a fantastic cast and lots of explosions. Mallory (Gregory Peck) is a multi-... Read full article

The Guns of Navarone

By Alyson on Mar 12, 2010 From The Best Picture Project

Action and adventure await six men on a dangerous mission to destroy the two powerful guns on German occupied Navarone.? These guns control the fate of the seas and nearby Greek islands, including one full of trapped British troops.? No one can get to or leave the island, not even by plane and more ... Read full article

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Squadron Leader Howard Barnsby RAAF: First, you've got that bloody old fortress on top of that bloody cliff. Then you've got the bloody cliff overhang. You can't even see the bloody cave, let alone the bloody guns. And anyway, we haven't got a bloody bomb big enough to smash that bloody rock. And that's the bloody truth, sir.

Maria Pappadimos: They're burning Mandrakos in punishment.

Cohn: Do you think they've got any chance at all, sir?
Commodore Jensen: Frankly, no. Not a chance in the world. I should be very surprised if they get even halfway to Navarone. Just a waste of six good men. However, I suppose that doesn't matter, considering how many have been wasted already. I'm glad it's not my decision; I'm only the middleman... Still, they may get there, and they may pull it off. Anything can happen in a war. Slap in the middle of absolute insanity people pull out the most extraordinary resources: ingenuity, courage, self-sacrifice. Pity we can't meet the problems of peace in the same way, isn't it? It would be so much cheaper for everybody.
Cohn: I never thought of it in just that way, sir. You're a philosopher, sir.
Commodore Jensen: No. I'm just the man who has to send people out on jobs like this one.

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Gregory Peck revealed, in a later interview, his bemusement at co-star Anthony Quinn's decision to wear a red undershirt, which was only somewhat revealed through most of the film, but which became a glaring focal point when wet and placed against a most blue and gray background near the end of the movie.
The original 1961 road show release used Technicolor prints made in London, which gave the film eye-popping clarity and disguised many of the imperfections of the sets and special effects. When it came time to turn out mass runs of prints for the general release, Columbia shipped the original negative to a bargain-rate lab in New York, where it was reconfigured for normal Eastmancolor printing. This meant re-cutting the negative to insert standard opticals to approximate the Technicolor process's smooth dissolves, etc. No preservation separations were made and the negative wasn't properly protected. Poor-quality dupe sections were soon patched in to replace damaged pieces of the negative. Eventually two entire reels would have to be replaced in this way, after that New York lab accidentally destroyed the originals through handling errors. Columbia also discarded the film's original sound elements and stereo tracks. A collector's magnetic print was used to recover the original four channel stereo mix.
James Darren was cast as Private Spyros Pappadimos in hopes it would get him out of the "teen idol" stage. However, the sequel to 'Gidget' came out later in the year, starring James Darren as Moondoggie.
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