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The Great Epics (DVD)
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Collection of seven classic films. 'The Guns of Navarone' (1961),
set in 1943, follows a group of mismatched soldiers who are sent to
sabotage two powerful Nazi guns situated on a Greek island. If
their mission fails, the guns will wipe out the 2,000 British
soldiers who are attempting to evacuate civilians further down the
coast. The mission is led by the dispassionate Captain Mallory
(Gregory Peck) whose clinical approach does not find favour with
explosives expert Corporal Miller (David Niven). Meanwhile, the
group's Greek patriot guide Andrea Stavros (Anthony Quinn) is
nursing a grudge against Mallory for an old injustice. 'The Bridge
On the River Kwai' (1957), based on the novel by Pierre Boulle,
sees a group of prisoners of war forced to build a bridge in Burma
for the Japanese, with Colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness) the
appointed leader of the men. When the Japanese commander Colonel
Saito (Sessue Hayakawa) orders the construction, Nicholson agrees
on the basis that the project will keep his men occupied and give
them an opportunity to prove, through the quality of their work,
the superiority of British engineering. However, as the bridge
progresses and the prisoners strive to show their craftsmanship,
Nicholson appears to lose sight of the fact that the ultimate
object of the bridge is to help the Japanese win the war. 'Lawrence
of Arabia' (1962) is David Lean's Oscar-winning biopic starring
Peter O'Toole as T.E. Lawrence, the Oxford-educated British army
officer who aided the Arabs in their revolt against the Turks.
Teaming up with Sherif Ali (Omar Sharif), Lawrence crosses an
inhospitable desert in order to join two separate Arab tribes
together as a single fighting force. Aiming to achieve Arab
sovereignty, he wins a series of military victories but always
keeps his eye on the larger picture, doing his best to prevent the
subjection of the Arabs to British colonial rule. Charlton Heston
stars in the title role of 'Major Dundee' (1965), an epic Western
about a Major who joins forces with his sworn enemy to destroy a
band of Apaches. When Major Amos Dundee is sent to a prisoner of
war camp after making an error at the Battle of Gettysburg, he uses
the opportunity to gather a small, but ruthless, army to lead on a
mission of revenge. Burt Lancaster and Lee Marvin star in 'The
Professionals' (1966), following four soldiers of fortune who are
hired by a wealthy Texan oil baron (Ralph Bellamy) to rescue his
kidnapped wife (Claudia Cardinale) who has been taken across the
Mexican border by a band of mercenaries. The four men, each
regarded as a specialist in his field - expert marksman and tracker
Jake (Woody Strode), explosives master Dolworth (Lancaster), horse
handler Ehrengard (Robert Ryan) and Fardan (Marvin) whose skills
lie in tactics and weaponry - make their way across the treacherous
landscape to retrieve the beautiful kidnappee, but along the way
discover all is not what it seems. 'Gandhi' (1982), Richard
Attenborough's Academy Award-winning epic, follows the
extraordinary life of Mahatma Gandhi (Ben Kingsley) from his
beginnings as a young Indian lawyer to his triumph as a
revolutionary. After being thrown off a South African train just
for being Indian, Gandhi realised just how prejudiced people were
about his race and decided to do something about it. Taking the
matter into his own hands, Gandhi arranges non-violent protests in
the hope of getting the attention of the South African government.
Finally, Fred Zinnemann's classic drama 'From Here to Eternity'
(1953) follows the events of the night before the fateful attack on
Pearl Harbor. Private Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) is a new recruit
at the military base, and has already fallen foul of his superiors
due to his refusal to box on the company team. Given the worst
duties as a result, Prewitt is befriended by Angelo Maggio (Frank
Sinatra), a young soldier who is himself persecuted by the
Italian-hating Sergeant Fatso (Ernest Borgnine). Meanwhile,
Sergeant Warden (Lancaster), Prewitt's superior, treads on
dangerous ground when he allows himself to get caught up in an
affair with an officer's wife (Deborah Kerr).
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