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Year
1961
Runtime
158 min.
Director
J. Lee Thompson
Genres
Action, Drama, Adventure, War
Rating *
7.5
Votes *
31,050
Checks
4,988
Favs
233
Dislikes
16
Favs/checks
4.7% (1:21)
Favs/dislikes
15:1
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  1. BaalMan's avatar

    BaalMan

    Hugo Chavez's favourite film 10 years 2 months ago
  2. GrooveRemote's avatar

    GrooveRemote

    It's a decent, semi-gritty adventure movie that has a spark of depth but only half the heart to pursue it. There are interesting ideas about the morality and consequences of actions taken in war, but by the end the characters and the movie seem to forget them and just pat themselves on the back for a job well done. David Niven's character in particular is guilty of this. spoiler. Why give us a taste of grey at all if you're only going to fall back into a black vs. white adventure ending?

    In the same vein, the movie also wusses out of a lot of good drama for the sake of being... less challenging, I suppose? For one, there's that great scene with David Niven's character towards the end, where Gregory Peck's character has to make a hard choice that will bring his internal values into question. They wuss the hell out and have somebody else take responsibility. Were this movie made ten years later, I think he would've made the choice, but 1961 was still well within the Hays Code era of Hollywood, AKA the Pussy Era. I liked that scene a lot up to that point, but then they squandered it with a soft, easy conclusion. Another minor one that I noticed is a spoiler one: spoiler.

    All things considered, however, it wasn't bad. The melding of adventure and hard-hitting drama does work much of the time. Like I said, it could go a lot further if it really wanted to have some impact, but I liked the characters, and some of the action scenes were nicely done. It's fine. I wouldn't really recommend because it's too heavy and emotionally complex to be a crowd-pleasing action movie, but it's also too simple and lightweight to be an effective drama.

    Also, that Australian accent at the start. I have no words for it. Everyone has to experience it for themselves.
    6 months 2 weeks ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    The Guns of Navarone is one of those WWII impossible mission movies that were popular in the 60s (is it the granddaddy of them all?). In the film, Gregory Peck leads a small group to a Greek island occupied by the Nazis to destroy massive guns that are keeping a rescue force from getting 2000 men out of the area. Almost immediately, things start to go wrong leading to some pleasant improvisations, hard choices, loss of life, and eventual Allied triumph. It's all pretty well done, though I don't think it gets any better than their arrival on the island in the middle of a storm. That's a LOT of water being dumped on the actors! But one thing about the era's film making that never works for me is day-for-night, and there's a lot of it. It just looks ghastly and never fails to kill my interest. Ultimately, Guns is an adventurous flick with a good cast, but the formula was bettered by several films by the early 70s. 2 years 2 months ago
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