James Garner

World War II epics

It's World War II all over again on TCM, spotlighting a trio of big-scale, big-budget, big-cast war epics. The first two hail from the early 1960s, when such films were all the rage. At 5:15 p.m., J. Lee Thompson's The Guns of Navarone (1961) features Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quayle, Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas and Richard Harris, all trying to rescue Greece from Axis domination by destroying a huge Nazi gun emplacement. At 8 p.m., Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence and James Coburn are among those behind John Sturges' The Great Escape (1963), based on the true story of an attempted mass exodus from a German POW camp. Watch for...

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