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Force 10 from Navarone (1978)

PG | | Action, Drama, War | 8 December 1978 (USA)
During World War II, several oddly assorted military experts are teamed in a mission to raid and destroy a bridge vital to enemy strategy.

Director:

Guy Hamilton

Writers:

Alistair MacLean (novel), Robin Chapman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Shaw ... Mallory
Harrison Ford ... Barnsby
Barbara Bach ... Maritza
Edward Fox ... Miller
Franco Nero ... Lescovar
Carl Weathers ... Weaver
Richard Kiel ... Drazak
Alan Badel ... Petrovitch
Michael Byrne ... Schroeder
Philip Latham ... Jensen
Angus MacInnes ... Reynolds
Michael Sheard ... Sgt. Bauer
Petar Buntic Petar Buntic ... Marko
Leslie Schofield ... Interrogation Officer 1
Anthony Langdon ... Interrogation Officer 2 (as Antony Langdon)
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Storyline

Mallory and Miller are back. It seems that there was traitor with them at Navarone, whom they thought was executed. But it seems that not only was he not executed, and he was not a traitor but a German spy. Intelligence believes he made it to Yugoslavia and is now with the Partisans. So, Mallory and Miller being the only ones who can positively identify him are sent along with a unit called Force 10, which is led by Colonel Barnsby, who objects to their presence. It seems that Force 10 has a mission of their own which Mallory and Miller know nothing about. When their plane is shot and most of the team is killed, they mistakenly believe that some of the locals they meet are Partisans but in reality are German Allies, so they are taken prisoner, and have to convince the German commander that they are not spies or else they will be killed. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Odds Against Them Were 10,000 to 1...But What the Hell! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Croatian | Serbian

Release Date:

8 December 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alistair MacLean's Force 10 from Navarone See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,230,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,230,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (restored)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Black and White (archive photographs in opening credits)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Alistair MacLean's novel sets the location for the story in the area of Yugoslavia's Neretva River area. In 1943, that region was the site of a massive Axis operation against partisan forces. In 1969, the battle was reenacted in the Yugoslavian film "The Battle on the River Neretva". Franco Nero, who starred in "Force 10", also appeared in that earlier movie. See more »

Goofs

When they are in the train car, there is a window either side of the door on the inside, but from the outside there is only one. See more »

Quotes

Jensen: We're tacking you onto Force 10. The code name for an operation for the Allied mission in Yugoslavia.
Mallory: Excuse me, sir. What's their objective?
Jensen: It's being treated on a need-to-know basis. And you don't need to know.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND 1943 See more »

Alternate Versions

The original release ran 118 minutes. A restored 126 minute version, has additional footage; however, a few short scenes have been removed; a few scenes have been re-edited into different portions of the film; some dialog was removed; some dialog was redubbed. Among the additions are:
  • An introduction hosted by a man with a British accent
  • A scene where Schroeder thanks Bauer for daily reports before entering his bedroom.
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Not a classic, but a solid WWII flick
5 May 2000 | by sychonicSee all my reviews

World War II has spawned so many stories, films, books, songs, TV shows, from garbage to genius, that one could easily spend an a lifetime absorbed in them. Here is a basic WWII movie that tells a very straight forward story about a small group of soldiers trying to blow up a bridge in enemy held territory. It doesn't try to be Bridge on the River Kwai, another film where a small group of special forces travel (on foot I might add) to destroy a bridge important to the enemy forces.

On the plus side is that the action takes place in Yugoslavia, not the setting of too many war movies made in Hollywood, so that gives this some interesting moments (how many movies have Croatian Chetniks in them?). Also, Robert Shaw, good in anything, and Edward Fox have a great rapport, trading lines with impeccable timing. It would be easy to believe they are lifelong friends in real life the way they portray their characters. Harrison Ford gives a solid performance as a young overachieving officer, helping the subplot of the new blood clashing with the old veterans. Barbara Bach is beautiful, but not much other reason for her to be around. Carl Weathers actually gives a nice performance as the rebellious black soldier, implausibly brought along by weirdly improbable circumstances. Facing the fact that the Armed Forces were segregated during WWII, it seems like the makers wanted to have a black included in the movie and had to make up some way to do that, coming up with a ridiculously contrived way to have him along. It's unfortunate they couldn't come up with something better because, though Weathers is likable and his character brings something to the party, they way they did it undermines the plotline.

The action is okay, though the payoff at the end, clever as it is, ultimately fails because of the special effects--they just weren't that well done; they seemed like they came from a grade b movie.

If you've seen some WWII movies like A Bridge Too Far, Kelly's Heros, Battle of the Bulge, the Devil's Brigade, or Where Eagles Dare and liked them, definitely give this one a try. Not a classic, but a decent addition to the crowd.


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