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Navarone: The Series
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The math of long-distance sequels is interesting to us at Saturday Night Cinema, as our feature “The Guns of Navarone” was a hit in 1961, but its sequel “Force 10 From Navarone” didn't hit theaters until 1978.

“The Guns of Navarone” featured a stellar cast, most of whom played characters far younger than they were: Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, David Niven and Richard Harris, amongst others. It was part of a string of big-budget WWII movies made in the 60s and was the 2nd most popular film of the year.

But check out the cast of “Force 10 from Navarone”, who were all box-office stars in the 70s: Robert Shaw, Harrison Ford, Carl Weathers, and Barbara Bach. Even Richard Kiel and Edward Fox had successful careers by 1978, and the addition of James Bond director Guy Hamilton (4 times) shows the quality of the production. Which studio wouldn't want the stars of recent hits “Jaws”, “Star Wars”, “Rocky” and “The Spy Who Loved Me” in their film?

But it was “The Guns of Navarone” that was nominated for Best Picture in 1962, and you can see why this week on Saturday Night Cinema.

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