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The Longest Day (1962)

 -  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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This is the day that changed the world... When history held its breath. See more »

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Action | Drama | History | War

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Release Date:

4 October 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El día más largo del siglo  »

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Budget:

$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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Trivia

During shooting in Ste. Mère-Eglise, traffic was stopped, stores were closed and the power was shut down in order not to endanger the paratroopers who were unused to night drops in populated areas. Still, the lights and staged fire proved too difficult to work around, and only one or two jumpers managed to land in the square - with several suffering minor injuries. One of the initial jumpers broke both legs in landing. Ultimately, plans to use authentic jumps were abandoned, opting instead for rigged jumps from high cranes. See more »

Goofs

In the film, the helmets worn by the 2nd Rangers at Pointe-du-Hoc have no markings. In reality, Ranger helmets had an orange diamond on the back, with a number indicating battalion. See more »

Quotes

[Blumentritt has just gotten off the phone with General Max Pemsel on Allied airborne landings behind Normandy]
Major General Gunther Blumentritt: Pemsel is convinced this is the invasion.
Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt: No no no, I do not agree with him. This is my conclusion.
[Von Rundstedt points to the main map]
Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt: Normandy is the site of a diversion. A diversion, Blumentritt! That is not where the main landings will take place, that will come at Pas-de-Calais, where it was always expected!
[Von Rundstedt then realizes what he has just said]
Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt: [to himself] Where we...
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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 »

Connections

Featured in The Sound of Music: From Fact to Phenomenon (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Lambeth Walk
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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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