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4 October 1945 (USA) See more »
The story of your victory...told by the guys who won it!
A documentary account of the allied invasion of Europe during World War II compiled from the footage shot by nearly 1400 cameramen... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 3 wins See more »
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 (From The Guardian - Film News. 27 April 2013, 4:07 PM, PDT)

Oscar Winner Peter Ustinov Dies at 82
 (From WENN. 29 March 2004)

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Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself
Robert Harris ... Commentator (voice)

Peter Ustinov ... Himself

Directed by
Garson Kanin 
Carol Reed (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Harry Brown  uncredited
Paddy Chayefsky 
Frank Harvey  uncredited
Gerald Kersh  uncredited
Saul Levitt  uncredited
Arthur Macrae  uncredited
Eric Maschwitz  uncredited
Jenny Nicholson  uncredited
Guy Trosper  uncredited
Peter Ustinov  uncredited

Original Music by
William Alwyn 
Film Editing by
Robert Carrick (uncredited)
Bob Clarke (uncredited)
Jerome Corwin (uncredited)
Robert Verrell (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Roger K. Furse (uncredited)
Production Management
Patrick M. Jenkins .... production manager (uncredited)
Sound Department
D. Field .... sound (uncredited)
G. Gardiner .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerry Massy-Collier .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jerome Corwin .... first assistant editor
John Krish .... assistant editor
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor

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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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According to the film's director Garson Kanin, when the movie won the 1945 Academy Award as 'Best Documentary Feature', the Oscar went to the uncredited producer, General Dwight D. Eisenhower.See more »
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Featured in From the Sea to the Land Beyond (2012) (TV)See more »


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25 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Cliff notes version of D-DAY, 8 September 2005
Author: raskimono

This fantastic documentary released by the United States Government and co-directed by the great and smart writer-director Garson Kanin and Michael Powell opens with DDE telling us that we are going to see the events as occurred as told by the men and women who were involved and there. This is no talking heads documentary. It essentially covers the journey from the moment the allies land on Normandy till they take Berlin. All the while, a series of voice-overs obviously scripted details the action as they talk. Be it English, American, Canadian, Czech, Russian, female paramedics, black soldiers we are given the whole she-bang. The voices change as randomly as the scene changes. There is a problem though. The dialog is scripted and can sound corny and a bit rah-rah and flag-waving. Everything is optimistic in this cinematic dairy so to speak. Scenes of allies being killed end with voice-over lines "We lost 3,000 but we moved on" and the editors will jump away to scenes of the army defeating or bombing Berlin. They do not linger or failure or tragedy except when it matters at the concentration when we see the dead bodies and survivors. That said, all sides of the human behavior are covered. We see soldiers who would rather shoot the Germans than capture them. You can feel the anger behind the voices of the soldiers as he chants racist mantras at the POWS. Anger, happiness, futility, fear, and foremost of all optimism is covered and the ending tells us that we can together and be one. The sea of flags ending might seem corny but it was made after the Great War. It has a right to be.

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