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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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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)| (70 mm prints)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Only 6% of the paratroopers depicted actually achieved their goal--60% of the men and equipment parachuted in on D-Day were lost. See more »


During the sequence where the dummies were being dropped and the Germans were firing upon the aircraft, the Germans were firing an American quad-mount M2HB .50 calibre anti-aircraft gun (an M45 'Maxon Mount'), when the Germans were not equipped with this weapon, and would not have had a decent ammo supply even if they'd captured one (the 'tombstone' drums only carry 200 rounds each) See more »


[Coded radio message to the French Resistance]
Radio announcer: There is fire at the travel agency.
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Crazy Credits

There is a 20-second overture on a black screen, no 20th Century Fox logo (in spite of this being one of their most expensive productions), and a six-minute cold open before the title is displayed. Apart from the title, there are no credits at the beginning of the film. All cast and crew credits are at the end of the film. See more »


Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 16 September 1962 (1962) See more »


The Longest Day
Written by Paul Anka
Sung by a chorus during the end credits
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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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