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
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Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was considered for the role of himself in the film, and he indicated his willingness. However, it was decided that makeup artists couldn't make him appear young enough to play his WWII self. See more »
During the final scenes of the movie, when an American general is taken up "Omaha" beach, it's actually Juno beach, where the Canadians landed. See more »
Lt. Col. Ocker:
[Pluskat, inside a bunker, has just realized the Normandy invasion has begun and is warning Ocker, who is skeptical]
And just where, my dear Pluskat, are those ships going?
Maj. Werner Pluskat:
Straight for me!
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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 »
The Longest Day is one of the greatest war films ever. Bar none. The
acting, the cinematography, the storline and the acuraccy are great. if
any of you fans watch AMC watch the Backstory behind this movie. It's
amazing that it was even made. This is Zanuck's greatest work. The
perspective from the different combatants regardless of their rank is
great. Like somebody else said it did not portray the Germans as
cartoonish evil doers. It gave a good honest portrayal that I wish more
war movies would have. As a history buff I love to see movies from
other countries soldier perspectives. This captures it better than
every other war movie. The only one that comes close is Tora, Tora,
Tora. There is one drawback however and that is the rangers at Pointe
De Hoc. They did find the big guns but,they were further inland and
later destroyed before they could be used. Zanuck used this to show the
futility and waste of war. Other than that is a classic with very few
flaws. The comparison between SPR and TLD are well like comparing
apples and oranges. Yes, SPR has gritty realism that stuns you, but
like another reviewer said, this was 1962 and the movie was about the
entire scope of the battle. It was not meant to be up close and
personal like SPR. Many of us
appreciate movies from different perspctives. This is not a movie you
should not rent. You should own it as part of your video collection.
This movie may appear to be pro-war and patriotic, but Zanuck himself
said he wanted to make an anti-war film. I think he did so
magnificantly. He captured the essence of the book where Cornelius Ryan
said he wrote about the men,not the battles. That is why Zanucks film
is so successful. He captured the men and their feelings, whether they
were American, British,German's or French and what they were feeling
going into one WW2's most decisive battle. This is a Four Star
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