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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:

Explosive high adventure! A mission more daring than silencing the "Guns". 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

Robert Shaw and Harrison ford have both appeared in films directed by Steven Spielberg See more »

Goofs

When all the soldiers are in the transport aircraft, Carl Weathers is the only one showing signs of air turbulence. See more »

Quotes

Barnsby: Sorry about Marko.
Lescovar: Thank you. It's a risk we all take. He was a brave man and a good friend. Then he got careless.
Mallory: You think that big sergeant spotted him as a partisan?
Barnsby: I can't buy that. The sergeant wasn't that bright.
[to Lescovar]
Barnsby: He saluted you - you're wearing a corporal's uniform. That doesn't rate a salute in the German army.
Mallory: Not in anybody's army. Why do you think he saluted you, Lescovar?
Lescovar: Perhaps he recognized my natural superiority.
Mallory: Yes, perhaps.
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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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Connections

Referenced in Spécial cinéma: Episode dated 20 September 1977 (1977) See more »

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Okay, But Don't Watch It With It's Predecessor Back-To-Back
5 June 2000 | by Eric-62-2See all my reviews

If you love the "Guns Of Navarone" as one of the greatest, and more importantly most literate WWII action films of all time, then this "sequel" is really going to cause some painful moments, and I wouldn't recommend watching the two films back-to-back under any circumstances. Owing to the fact that it took original "Guns" producer Carl Foreman a decade to get the "Force 10" film project off the ground, Gregory Peck and David Niven were both Social Security eligible by the time the film was ready to go, and that meant we'd have to see a new cast. And for the most part, despite the borrowing of footage of the first film's climax at the beginning you might as well watch this film pretending the first one never happened. The "Nicolai" connection to the first film is weak and barely explored, and we probably could have done without that plotline altogether. And whereas "Guns" was deadly serious in tone, filled with some rich character studies and literate exploration of the moral questions that get raised even when fighting a good cause, "Force 10" is really more of an escapist war film, punctuated with moments of light comedy, and with no depth whatsoever in the characters and script. If one is willing to accept the film on that level, then it can be enjoyed as an entertaining diversion, but no more. It is interesting to see Harrison Ford in his first post-Star Wars role working alongside the great Robert Shaw in his last film, and Edward Fox appears to emulate most of David Niven's mannerisms quite well. Carl Weathers though, was an annoying distraction and the scene where he demanded "answers" while the enemy was approaching was just plain dumb.

By it's very title though, "Force 10" is always going to have the problem of it's magnificent predecessor hanging over it. Too bad the sequel possibility wasn't cashed in on sooner when Peck, Niven and Quinn could have still done their parts (I always hoped they'd lead a new mission to rescue Anthony Quayle!)


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