221. The Guns of Navarone (1961)

Film 87 in C4 Top 100 War Films

Two thousand British troops are marooned on an island in the Aegean Sea. However, due to the enormous fortifications on the neighbouring island of Navarone, it is deemed to dangerous to rescue them. So a crack bunch of saboteurs are brought together to see if they can get onto Navarone and, using explosives, destroy the big guns there, allowing British destroyers the chance to mount a rescue of the troops.

Of course, there is double-crossing, in-fighting and sabotage. Who has betrayed them? Will they still get a chance to destroy the guns of Navarone?

Totally star-studded and constantly loud and exciting, it’s a classic war movie which deserves to be watched over and over again.

8/10

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