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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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Cast

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

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

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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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)

Gross USA:

$39,100,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,100,000
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(Westrex Recording System)| (70 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

With a ten million dollar budget, this was the most expensive black-and-white film ever made until Schindler's List (1993). See more »

Goofs

During some of the scenes they show U.S. paratroopers bailing out of British "Lancaster" bombers. They used C-47 Dakota transports exclusively. See more »

Quotes

Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt: This is madness... madness... sheer madness!
Major General Gunther Blumentritt: I just talked to General Jodl... the Fuhrer is awake.
Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt: I don't care if he's awake or not! What about the reserve panzers?
Major General Gunther Blumentritt: The Fuhrer went into one of his tantrums... and no one dared bring up the subject.
Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt: They're still held in reserve!
Major General Gunther Blumentritt: Sir, if you would call the Fuhrer yourself I am convinced he would respect your views.
Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt: Call that Bohemian corporal? Crawl on my knees to him? No! It is out of the question!
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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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Featured in Backstory: The Longest Day (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Lambeth Walk
(uncredited)
Music by Noel Gay
Lyrics by Douglas Furber
Sung by the British soldiers on the glider
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Still a classic after 42 years!
2 May 2004 | by 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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