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Plot: 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. Runtime: 118 mins Release Date: 07 Dec 1978
Rarely have I seen a film that can deliver the texture or climate of its subject. Whether by chance or mere coincidence Force 10 was able to transcend the nature of war and the continued intersecting forces that were at play during the WAR. The mood and the feel of this film depicts the greater neurosis and desperation of the English trying acclimatize there place in history. With guerrilla tactics infiltrating allied army posts before the truth of what they did was exposed. You saw as Major Malory's character Robert Shaw was defiantly gregarious in contrast to Sgt Miller's Edward <more>
Fox whose subordinate intelligent nature led to a believable typecast. While Malory couldn't dismiss his admiration for Leskovar it was tempered by only by his ill will for Leskovar Franco Nero . At this time of the war Germany's infrastructure was still in tact. As it was LT. Barnsby Harrison Ford was interested only on his commands directive despite the odds. Leskovar was able to portray the subtle magnificence that Germany possessed. Although surrounded and outnumbered he stood fast to duty and was unmoved by any peripheral motivations of Malory to stop him. Conversely it was this same menacing quality that was greatly misunderstood and undermined by a bewildered British Parliament.The remarkable leadership Malory portrayed the way this "special forces groups" and were able to maneuver weaving through the German forces. This was the brilliance Guy Hamilton director captured in was in direct juxtaposition of what the Wehrmacht were going through in this film circa 1942-43; everything seemed quite routine propagandized as if this part of the war was just a larger part of the endgame. This was the climate of the time you could feel the condensing push of allied forces tightening there grip by blowing this bridge would cause a bilge in the German forces creating a forced hemorrhage within Army group.The unsettling dampness of Unasylva Forest woven through slumbering Corsican pines that elbowed there way over an uneven earth plump with unforgiving terrains that would of allied the Axis at this time. This late Autumn feeling emanated throughout the film the precipice of change was completely missed on the critics. So as the Wehrmacht regrouped amongst the Bridge head and silver firs that spiked curving bridgehead the terrain helped to sustain the Wehrmachts march. It felt as if you were in the EAST in 1942-43 when hope for Germany was still a plausible horizon. So it was the death of Leskovar that represented the turning point as the rise of the American Hero significantly allowed for Britain's role to be inwardly reserved albeit an antinomical position. And the advent of any resistance was carried out with an seemingly all do or die attitude. This translates through the film and resonates better than any other war film I have seen on this topic. Because it dealt with precisely the indifference of war while other battles were being fought. The a cataclysmic battle of wills and what one side was willing to do on every level, and even this highlighted in the railway car where Leskovar had attempted to stop the saboteurs and forbade the plans of Barnsby and Malory. This was a polarizing moment when all could of been won or lost. Why had Leskovar gotten back on the train car he had to of known by then he would be found out. He might of ordered another division to shoot the train-car and warned the bridge ahead. These are the speculative questions of war the in this film I feel are overlooked by some, this film is magnificently real and I feel people wanted a more "Hollywood feel".Then at last the fuses to be lit Miller Barnaby and Malory are anxious to boggle the whole deal and get caught but again the weight of German Tanks are again their undoing, the symbolism in this film are uncanny. Even if they weren't the real Tigers or Panzer corps.The Tigers albeit monster were unsuited for most every terrain and battlefield in which they fought. This magnifies advanced thought process but also the egotism that over thought, and fought useless battles one after the next. And the greatest battle was with the weather while this film brings this into the perfect backdrop. All the while the useless battles of division and armored divisions raged on that would of been better suited and served in the greater offensive or defense that Germany was later faced with. And the long stem irony of this film that one bridge destroyed could of ended the war.But this underscores the greater example of symbolism in this film. Perhaps an ethereal bridge of atonement might of better explained that in the end it was the bridge of communication that was that would need to be crossed time and time again. This is why the balance of leadership must be one voice restrained by reason and when these lines are broken or intercepted it is hard to sustain any chain of command. And so the "Force 10 from Navarone's" "The guns of Navarone" are left for the Victorious ones and their books of fiction. Humanity and the historical texts that in reality written as revisionist history books well we can see what we have done with that history of humanity.
Stopping the truck with special effects! (by miraclo)
Well I made a comment and then I read the comments.First of all, Carl Weathers's scene in stopping the truck not a jeep was one of the best in the movie. The every soldier wanting to know just what the hell is going is on is a natural one and harkens back to David Niven's Miller in "The Guns of Navarone". His reply of "that's the first straight answer" screams of the lowly soldier Barnsby-Harrison Ford refers to him as soldier ... yes he's black.Yes I think I noticed when his character was first introduced... He delivers a solid performance.In regards to <more>
the "special effects" would you have preferred lasers coming out of the foam above the water that hits the Bridge? Are you that literal and cannot suspend disbelief for even a short amount of time? 1978 was a banner year for bridge destruction. Give it all a rest. One stunt sets up another.like remembering "special effects" as fun.
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 <more>
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.
Another Great Alistair MacLean World War II Epic . . . (by zardoz-13)
Everything that can go wrong for the heroesdoes go wrong for them--in "Goldfinger" director Guy Hamilton's "Force 10 from Navarone," an above-average, atmospheric, $10-million dollar, World War II tale of espionage and adventure based on Alistair MacLean's exciting bestseller. Remember, MacLean wrote "Where Eagles Dare." Unfortunately, "Force 10 from Navarone" isn't as superlative as its source novel and many of its problems spring from the unfortunate fact that 20 years elapsed before the filmmakers brought it to get it to the screen. <more>
"Force 10" features a first-rate cast with Robert Shaw taking over the Gregory Peck role, Edward Fox replacing David Niven as the explosives expert, both of whom are joined by Carl Weathers of "Rocky" fame, Barbara Back and Richard Kiel from the James Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved Me." "The Long Ships" lenser Christopher Challis captures all this larger-than-life action with his widescreen photography. "Where Eagles Dare" & "633 Squadron" composer Rod Goodwin supplies an exhilarating as well as suspenseful orchestral score.The instant that Robert Shaw and his commandos parachute into the Balkans, the British R.A.F. Lancaster bomber that they commandeered after a hard-knuckled fist fight with M.P.s blows up. No sooner than they land behind enemy lines than they find themselves prisoners about to be shot as spies by the villainous Nazis. Only at the last possible moment do our valiant heroes triumph over well-nigh impossible odds. They confront the same perilsin a sensethat Hercules faced when he hacked off the Hydra's head, only to see two more heads grow back to replace the one that he'd cut off.Aside from a decapitation scene and the sadistic beating that Richard Kiel gives Barbara Bach, "Force 10 from Navarone" is a stylized fantasy in the superb tradition of the World War II propaganda combat movies that Errol Flynn made at Warner Brothers between 1942 and 1945. Although scores of men die, bloodletting is kept to a minimum. Take the heroes: a stout bunch of lads with clenched jaws and uncompromising virtue. Or the villains: a ruthless pack of devils that outnumber the good guys 100 to one. Nevertheless, despite the suicidal odds, our resourceful heroes carry out their mission, but not without considerable trouble. Sadly, Alistair MacLean's thrilling novel loses much of its panache in Robin Chapman's script. While Chapman's script keeps most of the plot intact yes, they destroy a bridge by blasting a dam to smithereens , he has rewritten many scenes, eliminated several important characters, and added somelike Carl Weather's African-American sergeant.Director Guy Hamilton encores explosive footage from director J. Lee Thompson's "The Guns of Navarone" to remind us that "Force 10" qualifies as a sequel. The movie opens with a map to establish the geography of the setting accompanied by stirring narration: "Deep in the heart of the Aegean Sea lies the island of Navarone. In 1943, it stood poised like a knife in the Allies' side." Hamilton keeps the action crackling and never allows the clutter of the plotMajor Keith Mallory Shaw and Corporal Dusty Miller Fox must identify a traitor as well as help out Lieutenant Colonel Mike Barnsby Harrison Ford of "Star Wars" and his survivor blow up the bridge. In the book, Mallory and Miller were sent in to destroy the bridge and there was no Lt. Colonel Barnsby.To his credit, Hamilton has enlisted a persuasive cast, convincing special effects, and the actual setting of the action: scenic Yugoslavia. In his last role, Robert Shaw gives a hearty performance as Mallory. Edward Fox is simply delightful as the 'vetty' British explosives expert. When he observes the bridge that Barnsby has been sent to blow up, he observes that the force of the charges won't "seriously inconvenience" the Nazis."Force 10 from Navarone" is a seriously underrated World War II feature film.
Highly recommended for the Harrison Ford fan. (by gdavenport-1)
I found this to be an excellent early vehicle for Harrison Ford. Many of the characteristics of Ford's more famous roles can be found right here. Indiana Jones's ruthless, never die spirit is clearly seen as is the daring later recanted in The Fugitive. The action is suspenseful enough for any war picture buff, well written, directed and cast.
FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE is a great yarn. (by vip_ebriega)
My Take: Often lambasted, but fast-paced and highly entertaining sequel to the classic adventure film. Honestly, I think "Force 10 from Navarone" was more fast-paced, action-packed and hilarious as it's predecessor, "The Guns of Navarone", but then, it also lacks the stronger elements that made its predecessor better. But it seems unfair to compare a sequel to its predecessor when the film is a sequel in name only. Other than the opening which re-tracks the memorable final scenes from the original, FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE mostly flies solo. The cast was excellent. <more>
Robert Shaw and Edward Fox are good replacements to Gregory Peck and David Niven in the roles of Keith Mallory and Major Miller. Harrison Ford absolutely amazing as Lt. Col. Barnsby. Carl Weathers is usually out of place, but he's fine enough. While Barbara Bach and Richard Kiel offer fine performances after their roles in "The Spy Who Loved Me".There will be a few hate remarks from fans of the original, but seeing it as not a sequel to the classic film and more of a film that uses 'Guns' as its inspiration, this "sequel" is fun, exciting and occasionally excellent. Rating: **** out of 5.
FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE...I don't know what to say apart from the fact that I enjoyed it as a kid, and I'm looking forward, in years to come, to sitting down with my son now 2 and watching it with him. With the exception of the original Navarone, and WHERE EAGLES DARE, FORCE 10 is far-and-away the greatest book-to-movie translation in it's genre. The critics got it wrong, they always do! How many people saw Titanic because they said it was so great? They didn't mention the steam coming from a decorative smoke stack, or the digital watches, did they?! FORCE 10 generally has a <more>
good feel about it, it isn't too serious. Shaw, as he'd proved with JAWS and THE STING, was the contender for one of the greatest British actors ever, only Burton or Olivier have been close to that title. With the recent success of Shaw's JAWS and, obviously, Ford's STAR WARS, it was prime casting...no question.Don't take it to seriously, and with the fast-paced story, Top-Notch cast and brilliant Ron Goodwin score...you should really enjoy it, if you like the genre! Roll on six or seven years time, my son is in for a treat!!!
This is one of those films that I will always tune in to watch if it is on TV. I highly underrated film with one of my favorite endings. The characters are great, and while it isn't a classic film, it is a great movie. Highly enjoyable.