One of the great war movies of all time, 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 guns of World War II Germany which are controlling a strategic channel in the Aegean Sea. This was a groundbreaker in the Special Effects department, too. Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best (Adapted) Screenplay. Academy Awards: Best Special Effects.
1961 - Academy Awards - Best Picture Winner
1961 - Academy Awards - Best Sound Effects Winner
1961 - Academy Awards - Best Special Effects Winner
J. Lee Thompson - Director/Actor/Screenwriter
Stanley Baker - Welsh Film and Television Actor, THE CRIMINAL (1960)
Sir Stanley Baker - Welsh Film and Television Actor, THE CRIMINAL (1960)
Anthony Quayle - British actor, ANNE OF A THOUSAND DAYS
Sir Anthony Quayle - British actor, ANNE OF A THOUSAND DAYS
David Niven - British Actor, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (1956)
James David Graham Niven - British Actor, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (1956)
Gregory Peck - Oscar winning American actor, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)
Eldred Gregory Peck - Oscar winning American actor, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)
Gia Scala - Italian Actress
Anthony Quinn - Mexican actor, ZORBA THE GREEK
Anthony Rudolph Oaxaca Quinn - Mexican actor, ZORBA THE GREEK
A specialized commando team is organized in 1943, during WWII, to sabotage and put out of commission the Axis firepower on the mountainous Greek island of Navarone in the Aegean Sea.
Produced at Shepperton Studios, and Associated British Studios, Elstree, UK; color by Eastmancolor; shot in CinemaScope. Cleo Scouloudi played the Bride and Nicholas Papakonstantinou played the Patrol Boat Captain. In 1993, this version was replaced by a newly-restored version. The restored version (VHS #72123) replaces the older videocassette version, which is no longer available from Columbia TriStar Home Video. Available to buy in the UK (widescreen version).
"...The film got an Oscar for special effects, and now you can see why once again via this wide-screen gem..." - 07/01/1994 USA Today, p.3D
"...[A] rip-roaring boys' own adventure..." - 03/01/2001 Sight and Sound, p.64
3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t still oozes quality as a classily directed war movie." - 12/01/2011 Total Film