Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn and David Niven are Allied saboteurs assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held island and destroy the two enormous long-range field guns that prevent the rescue of 2,000 trapped British soldiers. Blacklisted screenwriter Carl Foreman ('High Noon', 'The Bridge on the River Kwai') was determined to re-establish both his name and credibility after spending most of the '50s working in anonymity. To accomplish this, he decided to bring Alistar MacLean’s best-selling novel, 'The Guns of Navarone', to the screen. Supported by an all-star cast and produced on a grand scale, the film was an enormous success, receiving seven 1961 Academy Award® nominations (including Best Picture) and winning for Best Special Effects. Although Foreman achieved his goal, it was Maclean who would wind up the true beneficiary; his novels became the source for many high-adventure screen epics, including 'Ice Station Zebra' and 'Where Eagles Dare'. However, it is 'The Guns of Navarone' that remains not only the best of the MacLean adaptations, but one of the greatest action/adventure spectacles ever produced.

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The Guns of Navarone (1961)

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War/Action/Adventure/Drama · 2h 38m · 6/22/1961

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An impregnable fortress... An invincible army... and the unstoppable commando team.

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Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn and David Niven are Allied saboteurs assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held island and destroy the two enormous long-range field guns that prevent the rescue of 2,000 trapped British soldiers. Blacklisted screenwriter Carl Foreman ('High Noon', 'The Bridge on the River Kwai') was determined to re-establish both his name and credibility after spending most of the '50s working in anonymity. To accomplish this, he decided to bring Alistar MacLean’s best-selling novel, 'The Guns of Navarone', to the screen. Supported by an all-star cast and produced on a grand scale, the film was an enormous success, receiving seven 1961 Academy Award® nominations (including Best Picture) and winning for Best Special Effects. Although Foreman achieved his goal, it was Maclean who would wind up the true beneficiary; his novels became the source for many high-adventure screen epics, including 'Ice Station Zebra' and 'Where Eagles Dare'. However, it is 'The Guns of Navarone' that remains not only the best of the MacLean adaptations, but one of the greatest action/adventure spectacles ever produced.

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Status

Released

Languages

English, Greek, German

Countries

United States, United Kingdom

Production Companies

Columbia Pictures Corporation, Highroad Productions

Budget

$6,000,000

Revenue

$28,900,000
Part Of
Cast
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Gregory Peck

Capt. Keith Mallory
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David Niven

Cpl. John Anthony Miller
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Anthony Quinn

Col. Andrea Stavros
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Stanley Baker

CPO 'Butcher' Brown
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Anthony Quayle

Maj. Roy Franklin
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James Darren

Spyros Pappadimos
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Irene Papas

Maria Pappadimos
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Gia Scala

Anna
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James Robertson Justice

Jensen / Prologue Narrator
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Richard Harris

Squadron Leader Barnsby
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Bryan Forbes

Cohn
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Allan Cuthbertson

Maj. Baker
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Michael Trubshawe

Weaver
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Percy Herbert

Sgt. Grogan
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George Mikell

Sessler
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Walter Gotell

Muesel
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Tutte Lemkow

Nicolai
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Albert Lieven

Commandant
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Norman Wooland

Group Captain
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Kleo Skouloudi

Bride (as Cleo Scouloudi)
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Nicholas Papakonstantinou

Patrol Boat Captain
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Christopher Rhodes

German Gunnery Officer
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Andrew Andreas

Wedding Guest (uncredited)
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Victor Beaumont

German Officer in Gun Cave (uncredited)
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Jack Cooper

German Soldier on Patrol Boat (uncredited)
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Maxwell Craig

German Soldier at Wedding (uncredited)
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Carl Duering

German Radar Operator (uncredited)
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Peter Evans

German Soldier (uncredited)
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Chick Fowles

German Soldier (uncredited)
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Wolf Frees

Radio Operator (uncredited)
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Alan Gibbs

German Officer (uncredited)
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Peter Grant

British Commando (uncredited)
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Gerard Heinz

German surgeon (uncredited)
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Frank Henson

Radio operator (uncredited)
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Arthur Howell

German Officer (uncredited)
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Walter Kightly

German Soldier (uncredited)
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Rosemary Nicols

Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
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Robert Rietty

Mallory - German Voice (voice) (uncredited)
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Michael Sarne

Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
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Bob Simmons

German Soldier on Navarone (uncredited)
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John Tatham

General's Aide (uncredited)
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Bob Wright

German Soldier (uncredited)
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Terry Yorke

German Soldier (uncredited)
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Stephen Zammit

Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Crew
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J. Lee Thompson

Director
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Carl Foreman

Writer
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Alistair MacLean

Writer
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Carl Foreman

Producer
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Oswald Morris

Cinematograpy
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Alan Osbiston

Editor
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Dimitri Tiomkin

Music
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11/7/2023

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5/23/2000

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10/18/2011

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10/26/2004

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10/12/2021

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11/2/2021

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5/8/2007

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The Guns of Navarone

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5/23/2000

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