Guns of Navarone in a nutshell

The Guns of Navarone is a 1961 war film based on the 1957 novel of the same name about the Dodecanese Campaign of World War II by Scottish thriller writer Alistair MacLean. It stars Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn, along with Anthony Quayle and Stanley Baker. The book and the film share the same basic plot: the efforts of an Allied commando team to destroy a seemingly impregnable German fortress that threatens Allied naval ships in the Aegean Sea, and prevents 2,000 isolated British troops from being rescued out of the Leros island. The movie won the following awards:

  • Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score – Motion Picture
  • Academy Award Best Effects, Special Effects

It is a very good reminder of what was probably one of the latest crushing Axis victory on British forces, which were thrust in this Aegean campaign by a bold but isolated Churchill in 1943.

It’s also the enjoyable epic of a heroic commando assigned to an impossible mission set in very picturesque Agean Greek islands. It’s definitely worth giving another look, after all these years.


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