Synopsis: Guns of Navarone: Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn are Allied saboteurs assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held island and destroy the two enormous long-range field guns that prevent the rescue of 2,000 trapped British soldiers. Blacklisted screenwriter Carl Foreman (High Noon, The Bridge on the River Kwai) was determined to re-establish both his name and credibility after spending most of the 50s working in anonymity. To accomplish this, he decided to bring Alistair MacLean's best-selling novel THE GUNS OF NAVARONE, to the screen. Supported by an all-star cast and produced on a grand scale, the film was an enormous success, receiving seven 1961 Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture) and winning for Best Special Effects.
From Here to Eternity: In this landmark film, passion and tragedy collide on a military base as a fateful day on December 1941 draws near. Private Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) is a soldier and former boxer being manipulated by his superior and peers. His friend Maggio (Frank Sinatra) tries to help him but has his own troubles. Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) and Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr) tread on dangerous ground as lovers in an illicit affair. Furthermore, each of their lives will be changed when their stories culminate in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
The Bridge on the River Kwai: When British POWs build a vital railway bridge in enemy-occupied Burma, Allied commandos are assigned to destroy it in David Lean's epic World War II adventure THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI. Spectacularly produced, THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI captured the imagination of the public and won seven 1957 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Alec Guinness), Best Director (David Lean), Best Cinematography (Jack Hildyard), Best Film Editing (Peter Taylor), Best Music, Scoring (Malcolm Arnold), Best Screenplay based on material from another medium (Michael Wilson, Carl Forman, Pierre Boulle), and Best Picture (Sam Spiegel). Even its theme song, and old World War II whistling tune, the Colonel Bogey March, became a massive worldwide hit.