Film Review – THE GUNS OF NAVARONE (1961)

Image result for the guns of navarone 1960Guns of Navarone, The (1961; USA; Eastmancolor; 158m) ****  d. J. Lee Thompson; w. Carl Foreman; ph. Oswald Morris; m. Dimitri Tiomkin.  Cast: Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Baker, Anthony Quayle, Irene Papas, Gia Scala, James Darren, James Robertson Justice, Richard Harris, Bryan Forbes, Allan Cuthbertson, Michael Trubshawe, Percy Herbert, George Mikell. A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel. Top-notch WWII action-adventure yarn with well-staged set-pieces, a strong cast and a acript that is more thoughtful than usual for the genre. Peck, Quinn and Niven deliver memorable performances. Oscar winner for Special Effects (Bill Warrington, Chris Greenham). Based on the novel by Alistair MacLean. Followed by FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE (1978). [PG]

Film Review – TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962; USA; B&W; 129m) ∗∗∗∗∗ d. Robert Mulligan; w. Horton Foote; ph. Russell Harlan; m. Elmer Bernstein.  Cast: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy, Ruth White, Brock Peters, Estelle Evans, Paul Fix, Collin Wilcox, James Anderson, Alice Ghostley, Robert Duvall, William Windom, Crahan Denton, Richard Hale, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford. A lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge and his kids against prejudice. Sensitively directed and truly memorable drama plays on themes of childhood fantasies and their idealistic view of the world. Peck is superb as the lawyer father his children worship and who stands against the prejudices of many of the citizens he is employed by. Great score by Bernstein and top performances all round. Duvall makes his debut as Boo Radley. Won three Oscars: Best Actor (Peck), Adapted Screenplay, Art Director. Based on the novel by Harper Lee. [PG]