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The Longest Day (1962)

G  |   |  Action, Drama, History  |  4 October 1962 (USA)
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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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Release Date:

4 October 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El día más largo del siglo  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)| (70 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dewey Martin filmed scenes playing the cameo role of Lt.Wilder, but his scenes were deleted in post-production. See more »


During a very early scene in France, the back end of a Citroen 2CV can be seen parked at the side of the street as the German soldiers march down it. See more »


Lt. Col. Ocker: [Pluskat, inside a bunker, has just realized the Normandy invasion has begun and is warning Ocker, who is skeptical] And just where, my dear Pluskat, are those ships going?
Maj. Werner Pluskat: Straight for me!
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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 »


Referenced in Home Improvement: The Longest Day (1996) See more »


Lambeth Walk
Music by Noel Gay
Lyrics by Douglas Furber
Sung by the British soldiers on the glider
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The last good WW2 film made by people "who were there"
12 April 2004 | by (Edinburgh) – See all my reviews

This is perhaps one of the most ambitious, epic WW2 films to have been made; certainly it is the last of the classic B&W films made about the subject. Featuring an all-star cast (John Wayne, Richard Burton, Kurt Jurgens... even a cameo by Sean Connery!), it comprehensively details the build-up and execution of the Normandy landings in 1944, taking care to show how the event was perceived by Allied and Axis soldiers and commanders, as well as the Free French resistance. This is a film that takes great care in documenting the events of the day, without lapsing into sickly sentimentalism or getting distracted with fictional characters' personal lives (a failing of many WW2 movies since about 1970), or over-emphasising any one nation's importance in the operation (although, admittedly, Canadians may feel a little short-changed).

Classic moments abound, notably the landing at St.Mere-Eglise and the soldier who gets caught in the church steeple, the frustrations of the front-line German commanders and fighters, and the numerous cameos for film nerds to keep track of.

If you want a wartime romance, or an appearance by Matt Damon or Ben Affleck, or long, loving shots of the Stars & Stripes in slo-mo, or a gritty blood'n'guts fest, you'll be disappointed. This film has broader concerns, and was made with much more thoroughness. There is no agenda at work here, pro-war or anti-. It is solely concerned with documenting Operation "Overlord" for the film-going public, and succeeds brilliantly; a shame then, that it has not made the top 50 war films list.

A must-see for any fan of war films.

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