1961's The Guns of Navarone is proof that excitement and drama have always owed more to good storytelling than to computer graphics and hurtling asteroids. A classic underdog war tale, the film boasts strong human drama and intense emotional involvement, thanks in large part to the compelling performances of Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, David Niven, and Anthony Quayle. The huge scale of the production -- hundreds of extras were used in the on-location Mediterranean shoot -- adds to the film's realistic tension. Navarone took home an Academy Award for its special effects; writer Carl Foreman would be nominated for Best Screenplay for his first official screen credit since being blacklisted. Some rental copies may contain unnecessary edits and dubbing; look for the restored version.
by Matthew Doberman review