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The Longest Day (1962)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Col. Thompson
U.S. Army Ranger
Madame Barrault
Father Louis Roulland
Hans Christian Blech ...
Wolfgang Büttner ...
Maj. Gen. Dr. Hans Speidel
Capt. Frank
Janine Boitard (as Irina Demich)
Fred Dur ...
U.S. Army Ranger Major


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?


Both Wolfgang Preiss (Major General Max Pemsel) and Bernhard Wicki, the director of the German episodes, played Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg in West German films about the failed July 20, 1944 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler which were released in 1955 - Preiss in The Plot to Assassinate Hitler (1955) and Wicki in It Happened on July 20th (1955). See more »


The pile of currency won by Dutch Schultz, totaling $2500, was mostly made up of $1s, $5s, $10s and $20. It is questionable as to whether there were enough bills to total $2500. See more »


Capt. Colin Maud: [walking up to a stalled vehicle] My old grandmother used to say anything mechanical, give it a good bash.
[Hits hood with his swagger stick]
Capt. Colin Maud: Try it now.
[vehicle cranks]
Private Flanagan: [to Clough] Sure, now; that did it.
[notices Maud looks at him]
Private Flanagan: Ah, now that's what I call a hell of a man!
Pvt. Clough: Aye, I like his dog too.
Capt. Colin Maud: Move inland. The war's that way.
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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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The Longest Day
Written by Paul Anka
Performed by Mitch Miller with His Orchestra and Chorus
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The Cast & The Actual Event: Overwhelming Numbers
17 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

This was an another one of these all-star casts that you don't see in more modern times, in which about everyone who was actor made an appearance....or it just seems that way. For those unfamiliar with this film, take a look back on the main page here and check out the famous names in this movie. Click the "more" under the cast overview and you'll see all the names. It's unbelievable. Some of them, to be fair, had very short roles in here, such as Henry Fonda, Rod Steiger and Roddy McDowell, but this is a real "Who's Who" of the acting profession in 1962. There are also a lot of German actors in here speaking German (with subtitles provided), perhaps numbering even more than the English-speaking stars. That's because the famous day of June 6, 1944, is seen from both sides of the conflict.

At three hours, it gives you plenty of D-Day World War II action. Almost two-thirds of the movie involves action from that famous invasion. In some spots, it just gets to be too much. Frankly, the whole film is too much and almost bogs down in too many areas....and it shouldn't, but it is a very technical film. And, for a film 45 years old, the action is pretty realistic. I thought the best shots were the overheads during one particular scenes when the Alies were going through a town.

I am anything but a WWII expert so how much detail of the infamous 'D-Day" here is correct, Since they went into such detail, I'll assume they were fairly accurate. I can't say but this movie educated me on the size of the task. I had no idea "D-Day" was this huge in scope: three million men and 5,000 ships??!!! Amazing.

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