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-> ''First, you've got that bloody old fortress on top of that bloody cliff. Then you've got the bloody cliff overhang. You can't even see the bloody cave, let alone the bloody guns. And anyway, we haven't got a bloody bomb big enough to smash that bloody rock. And that's the bloody truth, sir.''
-->- '''RAAF Squadron Leader Howard Barnsby'''

''The Guns Of Navarone'' is a book by Alistair [=MacLean=], published in 1957, and [[AdaptationDisplacement more famously]] a classic 1961 film adaptation. The events depicted take place during WorldWar2 but are [[HistoricalFiction entirely fictional.]] A contingent of British soldiers are stranded on an island in the Aegean Sea and rescue by ship is impossible due to the large battery of anti naval guns located at the cliffs of Navarone. Due to the embedded position of the guns in the cliffs, destroying them by air strikes proves impossible. A British major (Anthony Quayle) assembles a commando team and convinces a reluctant captain (GregoryPeck) to join. The movie chronicles the squad's attempt to sneak into Greece and blow the guns. Also stars DavidNiven and AnthonyQuinn.

It won the AcademyAward for Best Visual effects. It was also nominated for, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Score (nominated but lost in same category for a Grammy as well), Best Sound, Best Writing Adapted Screenplay.

Alistair [=MacLean=] wrote a lesser-known sequel novel, "Force 10 from Navarone", published in 1968. A film version, starring Robert Shaw, HarrisonFord and Edward Fox, was released in 1978.

Also notable around these parts for being one of the films that HideoKojima, creator of the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' franchise, has cited as a source of inspiration for his games.

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!!The Guns of Navarone provides examples of:

* AdaptationNameChange: Several, most notably: Lt. Andy Stevens (Major Roy Franklin), Lt. Turzig (Lt. Muesel), Captain Skoda (Captain Sessler) and of course Louki and Panayis (Maria Pappadimos and Anna).
* AirstrikeImpossible: Subverted because the airstrike really is impossible.
* AmericaWinsTheWar: Averted in both the book and film.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: When Maria meets her brother Spiro (who had been in America for many years), she slaps him as a reminder to write more often.
* AvengersAssemble: A ''MissionImpossible'' style examination of photographs.
* BackedByThePentagon: The Hellenic armed forces lent tanks, aircraft and ships.
* BadassCrew
* BadassMustache: Miller.
* BadassTeacher: In the film, Corporal Miller was a former chemistry teacher.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The guns are destroyed, the men on Kheros will be saved, and Andrea has forgiven Mallory. However, Brown and Spyros are dead, Franklin is crippled and a POW, and the people of Navarone will suffer for the team's success.]]
* BlatantLies: Andrea tells Oberleutnant Muesel he's just a fisherman who was captured by the others; meanwhile Muesel is flicking through some German intelligence photos showing the entire team including Andrea in his colonel's uniform.
** Mallory tells Franklin their mission has been cancelled because an amphibious landing will take place instead. Supposedly this is to stop Franklin killing himself; it's actually to plant false information.
* TheBigGuy: In the book, Andrea is described as a "giant". He's also TheLancer to Mallory.
* BilingualBonus: In the film, several times characters speak untranslated German.
* BoobyTrap: Realising the Germans will find the bombs he's placed on the guns, Miller leaves a final bomb designed to go off when the shell hoist is used. It's [[RuleOfThree used twice before the hoist is lowered enough to set off the charge.]]
* TheButcher: "Butcher" Brown, AKA "The Butcher of Barcelona". Ironically Brown has become tired of the killing -- this eventually gets him killed when he hesitates to finish off the guard on the boat.
* CatScare: The old "startled birds flying out of the cliff face" trick.
* ChekhovsGun: Losing the medical supplies in the shipwreck turns out to be important when Franklin's leg gets infected before they can get to a doctor.
** The scars on Anna's back, which Maria has never seen [[spoiler:because they don't exist.]]
* ClimbSlipHangClimb: Mallory slips while climbing only for Andrea to grab his hand. Mallory hangs in his grasp for a long moment, no doubt thinking about what Franklin suggested earlier -- that Andrea might not wait for the end of the war to kill him.
* ClimbingTheCliffsOfInsanity: The first obstacle for the team as they infiltrate Navarone. Mallory is chosen for the mission because in civilian life he is an accomplished mountaineer. He even uses the word "insane" when describing the idea of climbing them at all, let alone at night (and in the rain, as it turns out).
* [[ClusterFBomb Cluster Bl--dy Bomb]]: The Australian squadron commander.
* ColdBloodedTorture: The torture Anna was said to have undergone and Captain Sessler torturing a wounded Major Franklin in the film.
* CollapsingLair: The German fortress after the Guns are destroyed.
* ColonelBadass: Andrea Stavros -- he's a former colonel in the Greek Motorized Infantry, and therefore technically outranks everyone.
* CommandRoster: In the film version, we have
** TheCaptain: Keith Mallory.
** CunningLinguist: Also Mallory, who can "speak Greek like a Greek and German like a German", and is seen using both languages.
** NumberTwo: Andrea Stavros
** TheHeart / DemolitionsExpert: Miller
** PsychoForHire: Spyros Pappadimos. Brown is supposed to be this, but turns out to be weary of all the killing.
** MrFixit: "Butcher" Brown
** Good Luck Charm / original TheCaptain: Major Franklin. He becomes TheLoad after his injury.
* ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind: Spyros saving Brown when he freezes up during the fishing boat battle.
* ColdSniper: Andrea calmly uses a sniper rifle to shoot the commanding officer of the troops following them, then every soldier he sees taking command afterwards.
* CuteMute: Anna. [[spoiler:It turns out she can talk perfectly well. Especially to Germans.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Miller, played by David Niven.
* DeathByAdaptation: Brown. He survives in the novel.
* DirtyCoward: Andrea pretends to be this when captured, so the Germans will let their guard down around him.
* DreamTeam
* DressingAsTheEnemy: After turning the tables on their interrogators.
* DrivenToSuicide: Franklin tries to shoot himself so he won't slow the others down.
* DuringTheWar
* EmergingFromTheShadows: Maria.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: A German truck shoved over a cliff explodes while falling.
* ExpositoryThemeTune
* FakeBrit: GregoryPeck
* AFatherToHisMen: Miller snidely suggests that Mallory play this part when he's trying to convince Mallory to shoot [[spoiler:Anna]].
* FeedTheMole: Or feed one of their men they have to leave behind and know he will be captured and interrogated.
* [[TheFilmOfTheBook The Film of the Book]]
* FireForgedFriends: Miller and Major Franklin, who assumes this is the case with Mallory and Andrea. Subverted when Mallory reveals that Andrea plans to kill him after the war.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Mallory
** TheLancer: Stavros
** TheSmartGuy: Miller
** TheBigGuy: Brown
** TagalongKid: Pappadimos
** TheMessiah: Franklin
** TheChick: Maria
* FlareGun: A German soldier uses one to mark Andrea's sniping position.
* ForDoomTheBellTolls: Used figuratively in the film.
* ForegoneConclusion: The ExpositoryThemeTune says the guns will be blown up. The movie tells how.
* GenderBlenderName: Andrea Stavros
* GenreDeconstruction: Of the "crack military team sent behind enemy lines" genre.
* GentlemanAndAScholar: Miller in the film version.
* GiantWallOfWateryDoom: During the landing on Navarone; this smashes the shipwrecked fishing boat before the team can take off all their equipment.
* GoodCopBadCop: Though played without deception -- Muesel tries to convince the team to reveal where they've hidden the explosives before his colleague from the SS arrives.
* GoingNative: Well Spyros ''is'' a former native of Navarone, so maybe it doesn't count, but he forgets he's a former gangster turned SOE killer and goes out in a blaze of glory to avenge his own people. Andrea too decides to stay behind with Maria, forgoing his revenge on Mallory.
* HandSignals: Multiple examples
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Mallory says he's worried they're going to wake up one day and find out they're worse than the enemy.
* HeyItsThatGuy: The heroes are captured by [[JamesBond General Gogol]].
** Richard Harris as the squadron leader who details the impossibility of destroying the guns from the air.
* HollywoodSilencer: [[spoiler:Anna is killed by one, and the gun makes little more than a pop.]]
* IronicEcho: Miller deliberately uses Mallory's "three choices" speech.
* IWillFightNoMoreForever: "Butcher" Brown
* IWillOnlySlowYouDown: Major Franklin after his leg is broken.
** Stevens, in the book, tries unsuccessfully to get frozen to death in the mountains because of this trope. Later, he convinces the others to [[HeroicSacrifice leave him behind]] when the only way for them to escape the Germans is to leave behind a rearguard who will have no chance of survival.
* KarmaHoudini: Captain Sessler.
* TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar: Mallory gave a safe conduct pass so some Germans could take their wounded to a hospital. They wanted Andrea so badly that they shot their wounded, went to his house and blew it up, killing Andrea's family. Andrea holds Mallory responsible, and is only refraining from killing him while he's useful in killing Germans. Muesel however shows there are some German soldiers who do believe in rules.
* TheLastDance: Andy Stevens in the Devil's Playground, no longer afraid.
* LieBackAndThinkOfEngland: Only about shooting a prisoner instead of sex.
* AMillionIsAStatistic: Mallory says Franklin being left behind to be tortured, possibly to death, is necessary to save the men on Kheros. Miller snaps back, "I don't know the men on Kheros, but I do know the man on Navarone!"
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Anna]]
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Comes up twice. First when Franklin gets a broken leg and the team must decide whether to execute him so he doesn't slow them down or get himself captured and interrogated. Later, when TheMole is revealed, Miller argues that their only chance of finishing the mission is to kill [[spoiler: her. They do.]]
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Lt. Muesel in the film.
* NeverTellMeTheOdds: The ExpositoryThemeTune mentions the odds against the mission twice.
* NonActionSnarker: Miller as played by David Niven.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: In the book it's Stevens who gets dragged along with a broken leg; in the movie Franklin has the dubious honour.
** Subverted in the book; early on, Miller realizes Stevens' leg is lethally infected with gas gangrene, so he's being carried to prevent the Germans capturing and interrogating him before he dies. (Also, it's implied that Mallory is hoping for a miracle of some sort.) Ultimately, when the only way for the team to escape the Germans and continue the mission involves a HeroicSacrifice, Stevens has to ''pull a gun'' on the rest of the team to convince them that it's time to leave him behind.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: GregoryPeck is playing an Englishman, but speaks with his normal voice.
* ObfuscatingDisability: Anna limps from an injury sustained during the strafing attack. Miller later points out that she's [[spoiler:not limping any more, and she only did it to lag back so she could leave a message for the Germans.]]
* ObliviousMockery: The Australian bomber pilots cursing the man who sent them on their mission -- he's actually in the room.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Deconstructed with Mallory. Miller even calls him out on it.
* TheOnlyOne: Mallory is the most qualified they can get at short notice. He was actually [[GotVolunteered supposed to being going on leave]].
* OpeningMonologue
* PinPullingTeeth: Andrea does this in the final battle; unfortunate for a movie that generally speaking tries for accuracy.
* ProperlyParanoid: Andrea starts checking the room they're having their briefing in for listening devices, even though it's in the middle of a British army base. When Miller calls him on this, Andrea says that his caution is why he's still alive. Andrea later realises there's a man listening at the door, proving his point.
* PunchClockVillain: Lt. Muesel.
* RealityHasNoSubtitles: It happens in two scenes:
** Captain Mallory talks on the phone with the Nazi guard commander while pretending to be a Nazi sentry. The entire dialogue between them is in German with no translation (but from their facial expressions and intonations you can generally figure out what they're saying).
** When the Nazi E-boat stops the fishing boat the protagonists are on, Captain Mallory pretends to be the skipper and speaks in Greek to both the E-boat captain and his own crew. Again, he uses gestures and facial expressions to make his meaning clear to the audience.
* RedHerring: The mission isn't blown by the spy they catch while at the British base, but by [[spoiler:TheMole.]]
* ReluctantWarrior: The film's Miller, by and large.
* RemonstratingWithAGun: Mallory once he's had enough of Miller's attitude.
-->"You've got me in the mood to use this thing, and by God if you don't think of something I'm going to use it on you!"
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Andrea, though the end of the movie implies that as far as Mallory is concerned, he's willing to forgive.
* SameCharacterButDifferent: Mallory, Miller, Andrea Stavros.
* SamusIsAGirl: Anne first appears as a short-haired figure in a trenchcoat creeping around in the dark, who gets knocked out and dragged (facedown) into their midst.
* ShootTheDog: Captain Mallory, Anna and Maria Pappadimos.
* ShowdownAtHighNoon: The gun battle between Spyros Pappadimos and a German officer.
* SingleTear: Anna gives out one, when Mallory asks her if he was right to sacrifice Franklin. It later turns out she had other reasons for crying.
* SoundtrackDissonance: A woman on the radio croons a German love song as Mallory kills the sentries in a bunker.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Major Franklin, whose counterpart Andy Stevens in the original book died.
** Sessler, whose counterpart Skoda in the book also died.
* SpySpeak: "High Flight reports Indians on warpath in your territory."
* StandardHollywoodStrafingProcedure: During the Stuka attack.
* StealthHiBye: Keith Mallory in the book.
* StockPhrases
** PermissionToSpeakFreely: In the movie Corporal Miller uses it with Major Franklin.
** ThatsAnOrder: Both Major Franklin and Captain Mallory use it in the film.
* StukaScream: Justified as they are being attacked by Stukas.
* SuicideMission
* TakeMyHand: Andrea with Mallory (climbing the cliff) then a BookEnd with Mallory holding out a boot hook to a drowning Andrea. In both cases, the rescued party is surprised the other did it.
* TanksButNoTanks: The Germans uses US tanks, half-tracks, armoured cars and howitzers (presumably belonging to the American-supplied Greek military).
* TemptingFate: Major 'Lucky' Franklin jokes about his famous luck before the mission.
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Andrea Stavros is the Colonel of a now-defunct Greek Regiment. He goes into Navarone as a squad member, and wants everyone to know it.
--> Miller: Colonel Stavros...
--> Stavros: Andrea.
* ThrowABarrelAtIt: During the battle at sea Andrea throws a barrel at a German sailor.
* ThrowingTheDistraction: A thrown piton, a knife blade scraping along a rock, and a shout are used to distract the clifftop guard, then manoeuvre him into position to be killed.
* TitleIn: The current time and day of the mission, occurs each day.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Lt. Muesel, who tries to stop Sessler from torturing Franklin.
* ToplessnessFromTheBack: Not played for {{fanservice}} [[spoiler:as Anna's unmarked back proves she's lying about having been tortured by the Germans.]]
* TravelMontage: In true ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' style!
* TruthSerums: The Germans use scopalomine on Major Franklin.
* TheVoiceless: [[spoiler:Anna]], after [[spoiler:she]]'s discovered to be TheMole.
* WarIsHell: The Germans' ruthlessness, Butcher Brown's PTSD.
* WeNeedADistraction: Franklin is given false information so most of the garrison will move over to the other side of the island to defend against a non-existent landing. Andrea and Spyros stir up trouble in the town itself.
** When captured, Andrea causes the Germans to underestimate him by pretending to break down in fear. When the guards holding them at gunpoint are sent to pick him up off the floor, he and the other members of the team disarm their captors.
* WhatHaveIDone: Miller has this expression when, [[spoiler: after goading Mallory to kill Anna, Mallory nearly does it, and Maria actually does.]]
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: The 'Australian' accent of the squadron commander doesn't sound like anything heard in Australia.
* WhatTheHellHero: Miller blasted Mallory for giving Franklin false info about the mission which he hoped he would feed to the Nazis in case they torture him. Mallory blasts back by pointing out that someone has to take responsibility and make tough choices and Miller's outrage is really about his refusal to accept that responsibility.
* WorldWarII
* WouldntHitAGirl: Miller taunts Mallory over how he's less willing to be coldly pragmatic when the victim is a beautiful woman. Stung, Mallory goes to shoot [[spoiler:Anna]]. Miller moves to stop him, then Maria makes it easy for everyone by [[spoiler:shooting her dead.]]
* YouAreInCommandNow: Captain Mallory after Major Franklin is injured.
* YouShallNotPass: In the book with Andy Stevens.

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-> ''First, you've got that bloody old fortress on top of that bloody cliff. Then you've got the bloody cliff overhang. You can't even see the bloody cave, let alone the bloody guns. And anyway, we haven't got a bloody bomb big enough to smash that bloody rock. And that's the bloody truth, sir.''
-->- '''RAAF Squadron Leader Howard Barnsby'''

''The Guns Of Navarone'' is a book by Alistair [=MacLean=], published in 1957, and [[AdaptationDisplacement more famously]] a classic 1961 film adaptation. The events depicted take place during WorldWar2 but are [[HistoricalFiction entirely fictional.]] A contingent of British soldiers are stranded on an island in the Aegean Sea and rescue by ship is impossible due to the large battery of anti naval guns located at the cliffs of Navarone. Due to the embedded position of the guns in the cliffs, destroying them by air strikes proves impossible. A British major (Anthony Quayle) assembles a commando team and convinces a reluctant captain (GregoryPeck) to join. The movie chronicles the squad's attempt to sneak into Greece and blow the guns. Also stars DavidNiven and AnthonyQuinn.

It won the AcademyAward for Best Visual effects. It was also nominated for, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Score (nominated but lost in same category for a Grammy as well), Best Sound, Best Writing Adapted Screenplay.

Alistair [=MacLean=] wrote a lesser-known sequel novel, "Force 10 from Navarone", published in 1968. A film version, starring Robert Shaw, HarrisonFord and Edward Fox, was released in 1978.

Also notable around these parts for being one of the films that HideoKojima, creator of the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' franchise, has cited as a source of inspiration for his games.

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!!The Guns of Navarone provides examples of:

* AdaptationNameChange: Several, most notably: Lt. Andy Stevens (Major Roy Franklin), Lt. Turzig (Lt. Muesel), Captain Skoda (Captain Sessler) and of course Louki and Panayis (Maria Pappadimos and Anna).
* AirstrikeImpossible: Subverted because the airstrike really is impossible.
* AmericaWinsTheWar: Averted in both the book and film.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: When Maria meets her brother Spiro (who had been in America for many years), she slaps him as a reminder to write more often.
* AvengersAssemble: A ''MissionImpossible'' style examination of photographs.
* BackedByThePentagon: The Hellenic armed forces lent tanks, aircraft and ships.
* BadassCrew
* BadassMustache: Miller.
* BadassTeacher: In the film, Corporal Miller was a former chemistry teacher.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The guns are destroyed, the men on Kheros will be saved, and Andrea has forgiven Mallory. However, Brown and Spyros are dead, Franklin is crippled and a POW, and the people of Navarone will suffer for the team's success.]]
* BlatantLies: Andrea tells Oberleutnant Muesel he's just a fisherman who was captured by the others; meanwhile Muesel is flicking through some German intelligence photos showing the entire team including Andrea in his colonel's uniform.
** Mallory tells Franklin their mission has been cancelled because an amphibious landing will take place instead. Supposedly this is to stop Franklin killing himself; it's actually to plant false information.
* TheBigGuy: In the book, Andrea is described as a "giant". He's also TheLancer to Mallory.
* BilingualBonus: In the film, several times characters speak untranslated German.
* BoobyTrap: Realising the Germans will find the bombs he's placed on the guns, Miller leaves a final bomb designed to go off when the shell hoist is used. It's [[RuleOfThree used twice before the hoist is lowered enough to set off the charge.]]
* TheButcher: "Butcher" Brown, AKA "The Butcher of Barcelona". Ironically Brown has become tired of the killing -- this eventually gets him killed when he hesitates to finish off the guard on the boat.
* CatScare: The old "startled birds flying out of the cliff face" trick.
* ChekhovsGun: Losing the medical supplies in the shipwreck turns out to be important when Franklin's leg gets infected before they can get to a doctor.
** The scars on Anna's back, which Maria has never seen [[spoiler:because they don't exist.]]
* ClimbSlipHangClimb: Mallory slips while climbing only for Andrea to grab his hand. Mallory hangs in his grasp for a long moment, no doubt thinking about what Franklin suggested earlier -- that Andrea might not wait for the end of the war to kill him.
* ClimbingTheCliffsOfInsanity: The first obstacle for the team as they infiltrate Navarone. Mallory is chosen for the mission because in civilian life he is an accomplished mountaineer. He even uses the word "insane" when describing the idea of climbing them at all, let alone at night (and in the rain, as it turns out).
* [[ClusterFBomb Cluster Bl--dy Bomb]]: The Australian squadron commander.
* ColdBloodedTorture: The torture Anna was said to have undergone and Captain Sessler torturing a wounded Major Franklin in the film.
* CollapsingLair: The German fortress after the Guns are destroyed.
* ColonelBadass: Andrea Stavros -- he's a former colonel in the Greek Motorized Infantry, and therefore technically outranks everyone.
* CommandRoster: In the film version, we have
** TheCaptain: Keith Mallory.
** CunningLinguist: Also Mallory, who can "speak Greek like a Greek and German like a German", and is seen using both languages.
** NumberTwo: Andrea Stavros
** TheHeart / DemolitionsExpert: Miller
** PsychoForHire: Spyros Pappadimos. Brown is supposed to be this, but turns out to be weary of all the killing.
** MrFixit: "Butcher" Brown
** Good Luck Charm / original TheCaptain: Major Franklin. He becomes TheLoad after his injury.
* ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind: Spyros saving Brown when he freezes up during the fishing boat battle.
* ColdSniper: Andrea calmly uses a sniper rifle to shoot the commanding officer of the troops following them, then every soldier he sees taking command afterwards.
* CuteMute: Anna. [[spoiler:It turns out she can talk perfectly well. Especially to Germans.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Miller, played by David Niven.
* DeathByAdaptation: Brown. He survives in the novel.
* DirtyCoward: Andrea pretends to be this when captured, so the Germans will let their guard down around him.
* DreamTeam
* DressingAsTheEnemy: After turning the tables on their interrogators.
* DrivenToSuicide: Franklin tries to shoot himself so he won't slow the others down.
* DuringTheWar
* EmergingFromTheShadows: Maria.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: A German truck shoved over a cliff explodes while falling.
* ExpositoryThemeTune
* FakeBrit: GregoryPeck
* AFatherToHisMen: Miller snidely suggests that Mallory play this part when he's trying to convince Mallory to shoot [[spoiler:Anna]].
* FeedTheMole: Or feed one of their men they have to leave behind and know he will be captured and interrogated.
* [[TheFilmOfTheBook The Film of the Book]]
* FireForgedFriends: Miller and Major Franklin, who assumes this is the case with Mallory and Andrea. Subverted when Mallory reveals that Andrea plans to kill him after the war.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Mallory
** TheLancer: Stavros
** TheSmartGuy: Miller
** TheBigGuy: Brown
** TagalongKid: Pappadimos
** TheMessiah: Franklin
** TheChick: Maria
* FlareGun: A German soldier uses one to mark Andrea's sniping position.
* ForDoomTheBellTolls: Used figuratively in the film.
* ForegoneConclusion: The ExpositoryThemeTune says the guns will be blown up. The movie tells how.
* GenderBlenderName: Andrea Stavros
* GenreDeconstruction: Of the "crack military team sent behind enemy lines" genre.
* GentlemanAndAScholar: Miller in the film version.
* GiantWallOfWateryDoom: During the landing on Navarone; this smashes the shipwrecked fishing boat before the team can take off all their equipment.
* GoodCopBadCop: Though played without deception -- Muesel tries to convince the team to reveal where they've hidden the explosives before his colleague from the SS arrives.
* GoingNative: Well Spyros ''is'' a former native of Navarone, so maybe it doesn't count, but he forgets he's a former gangster turned SOE killer and goes out in a blaze of glory to avenge his own people. Andrea too decides to stay behind with Maria, forgoing his revenge on Mallory.
* HandSignals: Multiple examples
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Mallory says he's worried they're going to wake up one day and find out they're worse than the enemy.
* HeyItsThatGuy: The heroes are captured by [[JamesBond General Gogol]].
** Richard Harris as the squadron leader who details the impossibility of destroying the guns from the air.
* HollywoodSilencer: [[spoiler:Anna is killed by one, and the gun makes little more than a pop.]]
* IronicEcho: Miller deliberately uses Mallory's "three choices" speech.
* IWillFightNoMoreForever: "Butcher" Brown
* IWillOnlySlowYouDown: Major Franklin after his leg is broken.
** Stevens, in the book, tries unsuccessfully to get frozen to death in the mountains because of this trope. Later, he convinces the others to [[HeroicSacrifice leave him behind]] when the only way for them to escape the Germans is to leave behind a rearguard who will have no chance of survival.
* KarmaHoudini: Captain Sessler.
* TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar: Mallory gave a safe conduct pass so some Germans could take their wounded to a hospital. They wanted Andrea so badly that they shot their wounded, went to his house and blew it up, killing Andrea's family. Andrea holds Mallory responsible, and is only refraining from killing him while he's useful in killing Germans. Muesel however shows there are some German soldiers who do believe in rules.
* TheLastDance: Andy Stevens in the Devil's Playground, no longer afraid.
* LieBackAndThinkOfEngland: Only about shooting a prisoner instead of sex.
* AMillionIsAStatistic: Mallory says Franklin being left behind to be tortured, possibly to death, is necessary to save the men on Kheros. Miller snaps back, "I don't know the men on Kheros, but I do know the man on Navarone!"
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Anna]]
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Comes up twice. First when Franklin gets a broken leg and the team must decide whether to execute him so he doesn't slow them down or get himself captured and interrogated. Later, when TheMole is revealed, Miller argues that their only chance of finishing the mission is to kill [[spoiler: her. They do.]]
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Lt. Muesel in the film.
* NeverTellMeTheOdds: The ExpositoryThemeTune mentions the odds against the mission twice.
* NonActionSnarker: Miller as played by David Niven.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: In the book it's Stevens who gets dragged along with a broken leg; in the movie Franklin has the dubious honour.
** Subverted in the book; early on, Miller realizes Stevens' leg is lethally infected with gas gangrene, so he's being carried to prevent the Germans capturing and interrogating him before he dies. (Also, it's implied that Mallory is hoping for a miracle of some sort.) Ultimately, when the only way for the team to escape the Germans and continue the mission involves a HeroicSacrifice, Stevens has to ''pull a gun'' on the rest of the team to convince them that it's time to leave him behind.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: GregoryPeck is playing an Englishman, but speaks with his normal voice.
* ObfuscatingDisability: Anna limps from an injury sustained during the strafing attack. Miller later points out that she's [[spoiler:not limping any more, and she only did it to lag back so she could leave a message for the Germans.]]
* ObliviousMockery: The Australian bomber pilots cursing the man who sent them on their mission -- he's actually in the room.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Deconstructed with Mallory. Miller even calls him out on it.
* TheOnlyOne: Mallory is the most qualified they can get at short notice. He was actually [[GotVolunteered supposed to being going on leave]].
* OpeningMonologue
* PinPullingTeeth: Andrea does this in the final battle; unfortunate for a movie that generally speaking tries for accuracy.
* ProperlyParanoid: Andrea starts checking the room they're having their briefing in for listening devices, even though it's in the middle of a British army base. When Miller calls him on this, Andrea says that his caution is why he's still alive. Andrea later realises there's a man listening at the door, proving his point.
* PunchClockVillain: Lt. Muesel.
* RealityHasNoSubtitles: It happens in two scenes:
** Captain Mallory talks on the phone with the Nazi guard commander while pretending to be a Nazi sentry. The entire dialogue between them is in German with no translation (but from their facial expressions and intonations you can generally figure out what they're saying).
** When the Nazi E-boat stops the fishing boat the protagonists are on, Captain Mallory pretends to be the skipper and speaks in Greek to both the E-boat captain and his own crew. Again, he uses gestures and facial expressions to make his meaning clear to the audience.
* RedHerring: The mission isn't blown by the spy they catch while at the British base, but by [[spoiler:TheMole.]]
* ReluctantWarrior: The film's Miller, by and large.
* RemonstratingWithAGun: Mallory once he's had enough of Miller's attitude.
-->"You've got me in the mood to use this thing, and by God if you don't think of something I'm going to use it on you!"
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Andrea, though the end of the movie implies that as far as Mallory is concerned, he's willing to forgive.
* SameCharacterButDifferent: Mallory, Miller, Andrea Stavros.
* SamusIsAGirl: Anne first appears as a short-haired figure in a trenchcoat creeping around in the dark, who gets knocked out and dragged (facedown) into their midst.
* ShootTheDog: Captain Mallory, Anna and Maria Pappadimos.
* ShowdownAtHighNoon: The gun battle between Spyros Pappadimos and a German officer.
* SingleTear: Anna gives out one, when Mallory asks her if he was right to sacrifice Franklin. It later turns out she had other reasons for crying.
* SoundtrackDissonance: A woman on the radio croons a German love song as Mallory kills the sentries in a bunker.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Major Franklin, whose counterpart Andy Stevens in the original book died.
** Sessler, whose counterpart Skoda in the book also died.
* SpySpeak: "High Flight reports Indians on warpath in your territory."
* StandardHollywoodStrafingProcedure: During the Stuka attack.
* StealthHiBye: Keith Mallory in the book.
* StockPhrases
** PermissionToSpeakFreely: In the movie Corporal Miller uses it with Major Franklin.
** ThatsAnOrder: Both Major Franklin and Captain Mallory use it in the film.
* StukaScream: Justified as they are being attacked by Stukas.
* SuicideMission
* TakeMyHand: Andrea with Mallory (climbing the cliff) then a BookEnd with Mallory holding out a boot hook to a drowning Andrea. In both cases, the rescued party is surprised the other did it.
* TanksButNoTanks: The Germans uses US tanks, half-tracks, armoured cars and howitzers (presumably belonging to the American-supplied Greek military).
* TemptingFate: Major 'Lucky' Franklin jokes about his famous luck before the mission.
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Andrea Stavros is the Colonel of a now-defunct Greek Regiment. He goes into Navarone as a squad member, and wants everyone to know it.
--> Miller: Colonel Stavros...
--> Stavros: Andrea.
* ThrowABarrelAtIt: During the battle at sea Andrea throws a barrel at a German sailor.
* ThrowingTheDistraction: A thrown piton, a knife blade scraping along a rock, and a shout are used to distract the clifftop guard, then manoeuvre him into position to be killed.
* TitleIn: The current time and day of the mission, occurs each day.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Lt. Muesel, who tries to stop Sessler from torturing Franklin.
* ToplessnessFromTheBack: Not played for {{fanservice}} [[spoiler:as Anna's unmarked back proves she's lying about having been tortured by the Germans.]]
* TravelMontage: In true ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' style!
* TruthSerums: The Germans use scopalomine on Major Franklin.
* TheVoiceless: [[spoiler:Anna]], after [[spoiler:she]]'s discovered to be TheMole.
* WarIsHell: The Germans' ruthlessness, Butcher Brown's PTSD.
* WeNeedADistraction: Franklin is given false information so most of the garrison will move over to the other side of the island to defend against a non-existent landing. Andrea and Spyros stir up trouble in the town itself.
** When captured, Andrea causes the Germans to underestimate him by pretending to break down in fear. When the guards holding them at gunpoint are sent to pick him up off the floor, he and the other members of the team disarm their captors.
* WhatHaveIDone: Miller has this expression when, [[spoiler: after goading Mallory to kill Anna, Mallory nearly does it, and Maria actually does.]]
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: The 'Australian' accent of the squadron commander doesn't sound like anything heard in Australia.
* WhatTheHellHero: Miller blasted Mallory for giving Franklin false info about the mission which he hoped he would feed to the Nazis in case they torture him. Mallory blasts back by pointing out that someone has to take responsibility and make tough choices and Miller's outrage is really about his refusal to accept that responsibility.
* WorldWarII
* WouldntHitAGirl: Miller taunts Mallory over how he's less willing to be coldly pragmatic when the victim is a beautiful woman. Stung, Mallory goes to shoot [[spoiler:Anna]]. Miller moves to stop him, then Maria makes it easy for everyone by [[spoiler:shooting her dead.]]
* YouAreInCommandNow: Captain Mallory after Major Franklin is injured.
* YouShallNotPass: In the book with Andy Stevens.

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* RealityHasNoSubtitles: It happens in two scenes:
** Captain Mallory talks on the phone with the Nazi guard commander while pretending to be a Nazi sentry. The entire dialogue between them is in German with no translation (but from their facial expressions and intonations you can generally figure out what they're saying).
** When the Nazi E-boat stops the fishing boat the protagonists are on, Captain Mallory pretends to be the skipper and speaks in Greek to both the E-boat captain and his own crew. Again, he uses gestures and facial expressions to make his meaning clear to the audience.
28th Mar '13 6:57:06 PM JIKTV
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* SexyBack: Not played for {{fanservice}} [[spoiler:as Anna's unmarked back proves she's lying about having been tortured by the Germans.]]



* TravelMontage: In true ''IndianaJones'' style!

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* ToplessnessFromTheBack: Not played for {{fanservice}} [[spoiler:as Anna's unmarked back proves she's lying about having been tortured by the Germans.]]
* TravelMontage: In true ''IndianaJones'' ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' style!
6th Feb '13 11:40:51 AM Kooshmeister
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* AdaptationNameChange: Several, most notably: Lt. Andy Stevens (Major Roy Franklin), Lt. Turzig (Lt. Muesel), Captain Skoda (Captain Sessler) and of course Louki and Panayis (Maria Pappadimos and Anna).



** Played straight with Lt. Muesel, the balding German officer, who tries to stop Sessler from torturing Franklin.


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* TokenGoodTeammate: Lt. Muesel, who tries to stop Sessler from torturing Franklin.
3rd Feb '13 5:09:15 AM Odon
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** TheHeart: Miller

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** TheHeart: TheHeart / DemolitionsExpert: Miller
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* DeathByAdaptation: Brown. He survives in the novel.
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* SparedByTheAdaptation: Major Franklin, whose counterpart in the original book died.

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* SparedByTheAdaptation: Major Franklin, whose counterpart Andy Stevens in the original book died.
** Sessler, whose counterpart Skoda in the book also
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Alistair [=MacLean=] wrote a lesser-known sequel novel, "Force 10 from Navarone", published in 1968. A film version, starring Robert Shaw, HarrisonFord and Edward Fox, was released in 1978.
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The guns are destroyed, the men on Kheros will be saved, and Andrea has forgiven Mallory. However, Brown and Spyros are dead, Franklin is crippled and a POW, and the people of Navarone will suffer for the team's success.]]
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* ColdSniper: Andrew calmly uses a sniper rifle to shoot the commanding officer of the troops following them, then every soldier he sees taking command afterwards.

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* ColdSniper: Andrew Andrea calmly uses a sniper rifle to shoot the commanding officer of the troops following them, then every soldier he sees taking command afterwards.



-->"You've got me in the mood to use this thing, and by God if you don't think of something I will!"

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-->"You've got me in the mood to use this thing, and by God if you don't think of something I will!"I'm going to use it on you!"


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* WhatHaveIDone: Miller has this expression when, [[spoiler: after goading Mallory to kill Anna, Mallory nearly does it, and Maria actually does.]]
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