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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 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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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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Action | Drama | History | War

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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

The United States Sixth Fleet extensively supported the filming and made available many amphibious landing ships and craft for scenes filmed in Corsica, though many of the ships were of (then) modern vintage. The Springfield and Little Rock, both World War II light cruisers (though extensively reconfigured into guided missile cruisers) were used in the shore bombardment scenes, though it was easy to tell they did not resemble their wartime configuration. See more »

Goofs

When Pvt. Martini (Sal Mineo) is shot, the German soldier fires two shots in quick succession, far too quickly for the bolt=action rifle he uses. While the sound of the bolt action being worked to load the first shot was clearly heard (mimicking the cricket toy), no bolt action sound was heard between the two shots fired, because they were simulated from two sources (rifles, sound machine, etc.). See more »

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[Coded radio message to the French Resistance]
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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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Referenced in A Day to Remember: A Conversation with Ken Annakin (2006) See more »

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Don't Fence Me In
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Music by Cole Porter
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Allow Yourself A Long Day To See This All-Star War Pic...
12 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

Darryl F. Zanuck's THE LONGEST DAY is indeed long, has over 48 international stars, 3 directors, and took about 2 years to make. 1962 was the year of the epic as far as the 1960's were concerned and this exceptional film is no exception. No cost was spared. Some good war sequences mixed with stock footage of WWII effectively present a version of D-Day, June of 1944. We see it from the German perspective (in sub-titles), the American plight, and the rest of the Allied forces. One problem: If you are seeing the film for the first time AFTER watching SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, you may come out disappointed. The war scenes are well-crafted, however, the piercing reality is missing. I tried to watch it as objectively as I could, but it is hard, considering the impression Spielberg's version of D-Day left on me.

The soldiers are led by a variety of huge name actors. John Wayne is a no-holds-barred Captain who will fight, broken foot or not. Henry Fonda plays Teddy Roosevelt, Jr. looking not to be treated as the son of an ex-president. Bob Mitchum is great as a cigar-smoking officer of the U.S. raid on Omaha Beach. The only problem is authenticity. The actors look good and realisticly war-like, however, they are kept in frame to showcase their talents and they never seem to be near death. This is by no means an anti-war film like RYAN. It can be harrowing at times, but watching Richard Burton, Sean Connery, and Rod Steiger deliver cameo-like performances (meaning they know they are only on-screen for a short time) was a bit contrived and distracting.

Overall, I did like the movie. It is greatly detailed and it lets you know exactly who each actor is playing. This is pure American propaganda, but it is still exciting. Too many fearful war experiences are handled with kid gloves. The grand spectacle of the top-notch production values as well as non-stop action make the picture watchable, if only once.

RATING: 7 of 10


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