USA Today - 07/01/1994
"...The film got an Oscar for special effects, and now you can see why once again via this wide-screen gem..."
Sight and Sound - 03/01/2001
"...[A] rip-roaring boys' own adventure..."
Total Film - 12/01/2011 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t still oozes quality as a classily directed war movie."
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.
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.
Essential Cinema |
World War II
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.