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The Guns of Navarone Blu Ray

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This rousing, explosive 1961 WWII adventure, based on Alistair MacLean's thrilling novel, turns the war thriller into a deadly caper film. Gregory Peck heads a star-studded cast charged with a near impossible mission: to destroy a pair of German guns nestled in a protective cave on the strategic Mediterranean island of Navarone, from where they can control a vital sea passage. As world famous mountain climber turned British army Captain Mallory, Peck leads a guerrilla force composed of the humanistic explosives expert, Miller (David Niven), the ruthless Greek patriot with a grudge, Stavros (Anthony Quinn), veteran special forces soldier Brown (Stanley Baker) and the cool, quiet young marksman Pappadimos (James Darren). This disparate collection of classic types must overcome internal conflicts, enemy attacks, betrayal and capture to complete their mission. Director J. Lee Thompson sets a driving pace for this exciting (if familiar) military operation, a succession of close calls, pitched battles and last-minute escapes as our heroes infiltrate the garrisoned town with the help of resistance leader Maria (Irene Papas) and plot their entry into the heavily guarded mountain fort. Carl Foreman's screenplay embraces MacLean's role call of clich├ęs and delivers them with style, creating one of the liveliest mixes of espionage, combat and good old-fashioned military derring-do put on film. In 1978, the sequel Force 10 from Navarone was released, but MacLean fans will prefer to check out the action-packed thriller Where Eagles Dare. --Sean Axmaker

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Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-ray player in order to play Academy Award-winners Gregory Peck (1962 Best Actor To Kill A Mockingbird) David Niven (1958 Best Actor Separate Tables) and Anthony Quinn (1952 Best Supporting Actor Viva Zapata!; 1956 Lust For Life) star as a team of Allied military specialists recruited for a dangerous but imperative mission to infiltrate a Nazi-occupied fortress and disable two long-range field guns so that 2000 trapped British soldiers may be rescued Faced with an unforgiving sea voyage hazardous terrain and the possibility of a traitor among them the team must overcome the impossible without losing their own lives Adapted by screenwriter Carl Foreman from Alistair MacLean&39;s best-selling novel The Guns Of Navarone was nominated for seven Oscars including Best Picture and won for Best Special Effects (1961)

Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn star in this classic war drama directed by J. Lee Thompson. In 1943 a group of mismatched Allied soldiers are sent to sabotage two powerful Nazi guns situated on a Greek island. If their mission fails, the guns will wipe out the 2,000 British soldiers who are attempting to evacuate civilians further down the coast. The mission is led by the dispassionate Captain Mallory (Peck), whose clinical approach does not find favour with explosives expert Corporal Miller (Niven). Meanwhile, the group's Greek patriot guide Andrea Stavros (Quinn) is nursing a grudge against Mallory for an old injustice.

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