The Guns of Navarone
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The Guns of Navarone

Year:
Duration:
158 min | Sweden:156 min
Genres:
Action | Adventure | Drama | War
IMDB rate:
7.6
Director:
J. Lee Thompson
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations
Details
Country: UK
Release Date: 1961-06-22
Filming Locations: Ile de Gorée, Dakar, Senegal
Earnings
Budget: $6,000,000
Gross: $28,900,000 (USA) Admissions 10,198,000 (France)
Cast
Actor
Character
Michael Trubshawe
Michael Trubshawe
The Guns of Navarone
Gregory Peck
Mallory
David Niven
Miller
Anthony Quinn
Andrea
Stanley Baker
Brown
Anthony Quayle
Franklin
James Darren
Pappadimos
Irene Papas
Maria
Gia Scala
Anna
James Robertson Justice
Prologue Narrated by
Richard Harris
Barnsby
Bryan Forbes
Cohn
Allan Cuthbertson
Baker
Percy Herbert
Grogan
George Mikell
Sessler
Walter Gotell
Muesel
Tutte Lemkow
Nicolai
Albert Lieven
Commandant
Norman Wooland
Group Captain
Cleo Scouloudi
Bride
Nicholas Papakonstantinou
Patrol Boat Captain
Christopher Rhodes
German Gunnery Officer
Victor Beaumont
German Officer in Gun Cave (uncredited)
Victor Buono
Greek Cleric at Wedding Plaza (uncredited)
Jack Cooper
German Soldier on Patrol Boat (uncredited)
Carl Duering
German Radar Operator (uncredited)
Wolf Frees
Radio Operator (uncredited)
Peter Grant
British Commando (uncredited)
Rosemary Nicols
(uncredited)
Robert Rietty
Mallory - German
Michael Sarne
Extra (uncredited)
Bob Simmons
German Soldier on Navarone (uncredited)
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Trivia
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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James Darren has fewer than 10 lines of dialog. His first line is "Watch out!" during the scene with Nicolai, the laundry boy.
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William Holden was the first actor sought to play Mallory. He asked for $750,000 plus 10% of the gross. He was turned down and Gregory Peck was cast. Holden felt the role was too similar to the character he had played in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).
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Goofs
When Mallory is dangling from the cliff, he is repeatedly shown using his left hand to hold on to Andrea. However, in a couple of long shots, Mallory is shown using his right hand to hold on to Andrea. It would have been impossible for Mallory to change hands without falling off the cliff.
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"German" squad marching past in the British style (quick march, arms swinging high) when the allied team steals the truck after escaping from German custody.
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Maria explains that Anna has been whipped by the Germans and has gruesome scars on her back. She also says that since then Anna has not spoken a single word. In a later scene, it becomes obvious that Maria has never seen these scars. There seems to be no realistic way of convincing Maria of the existence of these scars when Anna is not speaking.
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Quotes
Prologue Narrator: Greece and the islands of the Aegean Sea have given birth to many myths and legends of war and adventure. And these once-proud stones, these ruined and shattered temples bear witness to the civilization that flourished and then died here and to the demigods and heroes who inspired those legends on this sea and these islands. But, though the stage is the same, ours is a legend of our own times, and its heroes are not demigods, but ordinary people. In 1943, so the story goes, 2000 British soldiers lay marooned on the tiny island of Kheros, exhausted and helpless. They had exactly one week to live for in Berlin the Axis high command had determined on a show of strength in the Aegean Sea to bully neutral Turkey into coming into the war on their side. The scene of that demonstration was to be Kheros, itself of no military value, but only a few miles off the coast of Turkey. The cream of the German war machine, rested and ready, was to spearhead the attack, and the men on Kheros were doomed unless they could be evacuated before the blitz. But the only passage to and from Kheros was guarded and blocked by two great, newly designed, radar-controlled guns on the nearby island of Navarone. Guns too powerful and accurate for any allied ship then in the Aegean to challenge. Allied intelligence learned of the projected blitz only one week before the appointed date. What took place in the next six days became the legend of Navarone.
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Mallory: Surprised?
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Corporal Miller: [after commandeering Nazi uniforms] Hmm, not very hygenic. Shocking taste in undies, too.
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Faq
Q
Cary Grant---Was He Suppose to Star in "Navarone"?
A
Chicago American, Tuesday, June 17, 1958:LOUELLA O. PARSONSCarl Foreman's visit to Hollywood lengthened to almost a week instead of two days as he had planned. That's because he has been negotiating with Cary Grant about playing the lead in h is next picture, "Guns of Navarone."Carl brought both the book and script to Cary to read, and hopes to get the valuable Grant name on a deal before he joins his wife, who is vacationing in Italy.__________________________
Q
"Navarone"---Was the Film Blacked-Out in New York?
A
Chicago Sun-Times, Thursday, June 15, 1961, p. 52, c. 1:KUP'S COLUMNThe Massive Power Failure that blacked out new York the other day almost caused producer Carl Forman and three top Manhattan movie critics, to black out, too. Foreman was screening his movie, "Guns of Navarone," for the critics. In one of the last scenes of the film, a German officer gives the command to a battery of cannon to fire at the approaching six destroyers in the Navarone channel. The officer gave the command, the cannons boomed--and, presto, everything went black!_____________________________
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Photos from cast
Michael Trubshawe