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The Longest Day (1962)

The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view.

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Tells the story of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in WWII. There are dozens of characters, some seen only briefly, who together weave the story of five separate invasion points that made up the operation. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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4 October 1962 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Throughout the film a drum can occasionally be heard in the background. It hits three high notes and fourth that is lower as in "bim, bim, bim, bum". These represent the three dots and a dash of the Morse code "V", as in "V for Victory". See more »

Goofs

When the two German sentries have stopped and questioned and checked the identity papers of the French Partisan girl on her bicycle, one escorts her back to the guard box. He tries to get more information from her and slaps her. When the train whistles leaving the station, the sentry realizes he must warn the train. He grabs a lantern and runs toward the approaching train shouting, "Stop!, Stop!, Stop!" in English (he obviously would have been shouting the German equivalent: "Halt!"), It is also played as a background sound when the scene shifts back to the Americans helping to place the explosives under the tracks with the other French Partisan and alerts the second German guard. See more »

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[upon landing on beach]
Private Flanagan: Come on out, you dirty slobs! Flanagan's back!
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Crazy Credits

Although the end credits begin with the phrase "in alphabetical order", John Wayne is listed last even though he is not last alphabetically (although he was "nearly" last). See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Angels Revenge (1995) See more »

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The Longest Day
Written by Paul Anka
Performed by Mitch Miller with His Orchestra and Chorus
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Still a classic after 42 years!
2 May 2004 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

Invariably compared with "Saving Private Ryan" (SPR), this scores over the more modern work because of the focus on all the major sides of the action (British, American, French and German).

All languages are used (with subtitles as appropriate - eg the Germans speak in German, etc).

While true that the battle scenes are not gory as SPR's, and that the sounds of battle are muted during the dialog (unlike SPR's), it should be borne in mind that in '62, the audience rating of the time *was* a General Release ("G" in the US, "A" in the UK (I'm guessing for the UK, but it is now PG)) - which more detail would not have allowed.

I think part of the purpose of this film is to allow *everyone* to see what happened 18 years before!


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