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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.

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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>

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Taglines:

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

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Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Release Date:

8 December 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alistair MacLean's Force 10 from Navarone  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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(archive photographs in opening credits)| (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The production shoot for this movie went for sixteen weeks. See more »

Goofs

Continuity with "The Guns of Navarone": Mallory and Miller are shown at the beginning of this film being picked up by the Royal Navy ships passing Navarone. In that scene, they are wearing German uniform jackets. They discarded those jackets whilst they were in the gun cave at the end of "The Guns of Navarone". See more »

Quotes

Mallory: [after an unexpected delay in Miller's explosives]
[notices the dam hasn't collapsed yet]
Mallory: Miller! That useless git!
Barnsby: [shocked] It didnt...
Mallory: What?
Barnsby: [yelling] It didn't work!
Mallory: Yes I know it didn't work!
Barnsby: Well let's get out of here!
Mallory: Yeah let's get out of here, when I see Miller I'm going to ring his useless neck!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND 1943 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bernie Mac/Good Charlotte (2003) See more »

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A rollicking good yarn
9 December 2005 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

I just saw this movie on cable again last night for the umpteenth time and was reminded of why it is one of my all-time favorites. While hardly a masterpiece of cinema, Force 10 is a well-paced war adventure/buddy picture that doesn't take itself too seriously and really tries it's best to entertain the audience. It's just an awful lot of FUN.

The plot concerns a mismatched group of commandos who are sent into Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia in order to kill a very elusive enemy agent and destroy a strategically vital bridge. There are lots of enjoyable plot twists and the action scenes are very well-staged. Given that this was released in 1978, the special effects are decent too.

By 1970s standards, the cast is also pretty high-powered including Robert Shaw (R.I.P), a post-Han Solo Harrison Ford, Seventies uber-babe Barbara Bach, and the wonderful Edward Fox as the aristocratically eccentric explosives expert Miller (definitely my favorite character in the film). If you are looking for deep and meaningful ponderings on the nature of war and suchlike, then go someplace else. If you want a top-notch WW2 popcorn movie then you really can't do much better than this. BTW the original book by Alistair MacLean is a good read also.


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