For, April 11, 2014

One of those grand star-studded adventure epics from the 1960s, "The Guns of Navarone" (1961) is an excellent action picture that teams three top actors in the lead roles — Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn — with some equally terrific performers in support: James Darren, Stanley Baker, Anthony Quayle, Irene Papas and Gia Scala.


Also, a young unknown called Richard Harris (just a year away from gaining attention opposite Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard in "Mutiny on the Bounty," and really making his mark starring in "This Sporting Life").


"Navarone" is a World War II drama about Allied commandoes teaming up to go after an "indestructible" German fortress, based on the Alistair MacLean best-selling novel. They disguise themselves as Greek fishermen to infiltrate the fortress, which air attacks have been unable to bring down.

This was the third biggest hit of 1961 (after "101 Dalmatians" and "West Side Story"), and is considered part of a cycle of superior World War II epics that included "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957) and "The Great Escape" (1963). (A sequel released in 1978 stars Robert Shaw, Edward Fox and Harrison Ford.)

"The Guns of Navarone" will show Tuesday, April 15, at 10 a.m., in the SCERA Center theater in Orem.