The Guns Of Navarone (1961)

(On VHS, October 2000) Anyone who seriously maintains that older films are boring should take a good look at this one, which seems to exemplify the modern action blockbuster years before the genre was redefined by Jaws. You’ve got dangerous heroes, exotic locales, a constant peppering of action and an explosive finale. Suspense everywhere and cool scenes of treachery and trickery. Sure, the special effects are now obvious (though they hold better than other films of the time) and the pacing -good as it is- seems leisurely when compared to the latest MTV-inspired material, but it’s good enough to keep you riveted to the screen. Worth a look.

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