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The Longest Day -- The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view.

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Writers:
Cornelius Ryan (screenplay)
Cornelius Ryan (book)
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Release Date:
4 October 1962 (USA) See more »
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42 STARS IN THE LONGEST DAY See more »
Plot:
The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Allow Yourself A Long Day To See This All-Star War Pic... See more (184 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Eddie Albert ... Col. Thompson

Paul Anka ... U.S. Army Ranger

Arletty ... Madame Barrault

Jean-Louis Barrault ... Father Louis Roulland

Richard Beymer ... Pvt. Dutch Schultz
Hans Christian Blech ... Maj. Werner Pluskat
Bourvil ... Mayor of Colleville

Richard Burton ... Flying Officer David Campbell
Wolfgang Büttner ... Maj. Gen. Dr. Hans Speidel

Red Buttons ... Pvt. John Steele
Pauline Carton ... Maid

Sean Connery ... Pvt. Flanagan

Ray Danton ... Capt. Frank

Irina Demick ... Janine Boitard (as Irina Demich)
Fred Dur ... U.S. Army Ranger major

Fabian ... U.S. Army Ranger

Mel Ferrer ... Maj. Gen. Robert Haines

Henry Fonda ... Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr.

Steve Forrest ... Capt. Harding

Gert Fröbe ... Sgt. Kaffekanne

Leo Genn ... Brig. Gen. Edwin P. Parker Jr.
John Gregson ... British Padre
Paul Hartmann ... Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt
Peter Helm ... Young GI
Werner Hinz ... Field Marshal Erwin Rommel

Donald Houston ... RAF Pilot

Jeffrey Hunter ... Sgt. (later Lt.) John H. Fuller (as Jeff Hunter)
Karl John ... Gen. Wolfgang Hager

Curd Jürgens ... Maj. Gen. Gunther Blumentritt (as Curt Jürgens)

Alexander Knox ... Maj. Gen. Walter Bedell Smith

Peter Lawford ... Lord Lovat

Fernand Ledoux ... Louis
Christian Marquand ... Cmdr. Philippe Kieffer (commando leader)

Dewey Martin ... Pvt. Wilder (scenes deleted)

Roddy McDowall ... Pvt. Morris
Michael Medwin ... Pvt. Watney

Sal Mineo ... Pvt. Martini

Robert Mitchum ... Brig. Gen. Norman Cota

Kenneth More ... Capt. Colin Maud
Richard Münch ... Gen. Erich Marcks

Edmond O'Brien ... Gen. Raymond D. Barton

Leslie Phillips ... RAF Officer Mac

Wolfgang Preiss ... Maj. Gen. Max Pemsel
Ron Randell ... Joe Williams
Madeleine Renaud ... Mother Superior
Georges Rivière ... Sgt. Guy de Montlaur (as Georges Riviere)

Norman Rossington ... Pvt. Clough

Robert Ryan ... Brig. Gen. James M. Gavin

Tommy Sands ... U.S. Army Ranger

George Segal ... U.S. Army Ranger
Jean Servais ... RAdm. Janjard

Rod Steiger ... Destroyer Commander

Richard Todd ... Maj. John Howard

Tom Tryon ... Lt. Wilson

Peter van Eyck ... Lt. Col. Ocker (as Peter Van Eyck)

Robert Wagner ... U.S. Army Ranger
Richard Wattis ... British Paratrooper

Stuart Whitman ... Lt. Sheen
Georges Wilson ... Alexandre Renaud

John Wayne ... Lt. Col. Benjamin Vandervoort
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Daniel Gélin ... Undetermined Role (French Version) (scenes deleted)
Françoise Rosay ... Undetermined Role (French Version) (scenes deleted)
Patrick Barr ... Group Capt. J.N. Stagg (uncredited)
Michael Beint ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Lyndon Brook ... Lt. Walsh (uncredited)
Lucien Camiret ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Jean Champion ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Yvan Chiffre ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Bryan Coleman ... Ronald Callen (uncredited)
John Crawford ... Col. Caffey (uncredited)
Jo D'Avra ... French Navy Captain (uncredited)
Mark Damon ... Pvt. Harris (uncredited)

Richard Dawson ... British Soldier (uncredited)
Leslie de Laspee ... Bill Millin - Piper on Beach (uncredited)
Eugene Deckers ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Gil Delamare ... French Commando (uncredited)
Colin Drake ... Zanuck (uncredited)
Michel Duchaussoy ... Extra (uncredited)

Frank Finlay ... Pvt. Coke (uncredited)
Harry Fowler ... British Paratrooper (uncredited)

Bernard Fox ... Pvt. Hutchinson (uncredited)
Robert Freitag ... Meyer's Aide (uncredited)
Bernard Fresson ... French Commando (uncredited)
Lutz Gabor ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Arnold Gelderman ... German Guard on Traintreck (uncredited)
Harold Goodwin ... British Soldier (uncredited)
Henry Grace ... Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower (uncredited)
Clément Harari ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Ruth Hausmeister ... Frau Maria Rommel (uncredited)
Jack Hedley ... RAF Briefing Officer (uncredited)
Michael Hinz ... Manfred Rommel (uncredited)
Walter Horsbrugh ... Adm. Creasey (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Janic ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Patrick Jordan ... British Soldier Talking to Major Howard (uncredited)
Til Kiwe ... Capt. Helmuth Lang (uncredited)
Mickey Knox ... (uncredited)
Simon Lack ... Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory (uncredited)
Harry Landis ... British Soldier (uncredited)
Rudy Lenoir ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Joseph Lowe ... Ranger at Ponte du Hoc (uncredited)
Wolfgang Lukschy ... Col. Gen. Alfred Jodl (uncredited)
Howard Marion-Crawford ... Glider Doctor (uncredited)
Neil McCallum ... Canadian Doctor (uncredited)
Edward Meeks ... (uncredited)

John Meillon ... RAdm. Alan G. Kirk (uncredited)
Kurt Meisel ... Capt. Ernst During (uncredited)
Gérard Moisan ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Tony Mordente ... Cook (uncredited)
Louis Mounier ... Sir Arthur William Tedder (uncredited)
Al Mulock ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Bill Nagy ... Major in Ste. Mère-Eglise (uncredited)
Kurt Pecher ... German Commander (uncredited)
Rainer Penkert ... Lt. Fritz Theen (uncredited)
John Phillips ... Roosevelt's Aide (uncredited)

Siân Phillips ... WREN (uncredited)
Maurice Poli ... Jean (uncredited)
Hartmut Reck ... Sgt. Bernhard Bergsdorf (uncredited)
Trevor Reid ... Gen. Sir Bernard L. Montgomery (uncredited)
Heinz Reincke ... Col. Josef 'Pips' Priller (uncredited)
John Robinson ... Adm. Sir Bertram Ramsay (uncredited)
Paul Edwin Roth ... Col. Schiller (uncredited)
Marcel Rouzé ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Ernst Schröder ... Gen. Hans von Salmuth (uncredited)
Dietmar Schönherr ... Luftwaffe Major (uncredited)
Heinz Spitzner ... Lt. Col. Helmuth Meyer (uncredited)

Bob Steele ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Nicholas Stuart ... Lt. Gen. Omar N. Bradley (uncredited)
Hans Söhnker ... Deutscher Offizier (uncredited)
Alice Tissot ... Housekeeper (uncredited)
Serge Tolstoy ... German Officer (uncredited)
Lionel Vitrant ... First Landed Paratrooper in a Garden (uncredited)
Vicco von Bülow ... German Officer (uncredited)
Dominique Zardi ... Bit Part (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ken Annakin (British exterior episodes)
Andrew Marton (American exterior episodes)
Bernhard Wicki (German episodes)
Gerd Oswald (parachuting scenes in Sainte-Mère-Église) (uncredited)
Darryl F. Zanuck (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Cornelius Ryan (screenplay)

Cornelius Ryan (book)

Romain Gary (additional episodes written by) &
James Jones (additional episodes written by) &
David Pursall (additional episodes written by) &
Jack Seddon (additional episodes written by)

Produced by
Elmo Williams .... associate producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
 
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
 
Cinematography by
Jean Bourgoin (photography)
Walter Wottitz (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Samuel E. Beetley 
 
Art Direction by
Léon Barsacq  (as Leon Barsacq)
Ted Haworth  (as Ted Aworth)
Vincent Korda 
 
Production Management
Julien Derode .... production manager (uncredited)
Christian Ferry .... production manager (uncredited)
Lee Katz .... production manager (uncredited)
Louis Wipf .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bernard Farrel .... assistant director
Tom Pevsner .... assistant director
Louis Pitzele .... assistant director
Gerard Renateau .... assistant director
Jean Herman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Gerd Oswald .... director: parachute drop scene (uncredited)
Gerd Oswald .... second unit director (uncredited)
Henry Sokal Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
Elmo Williams .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Gabriel Béchir .... set designer (uncredited)
Sam Gordon .... property master (uncredited)
Mentor Huebner .... production illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Joseph de Bretagne .... sound (as Jo De Bretagne)
Jacques Maumont .... sound
Gene Radzik .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (2004 5.1 update)
William Robert Sivel .... sound (as William Sivel)
 
Special Effects by
Johnny Borgese .... special effects
Karl Baumgartner .... special effects (uncredited)
Joseph de Bretagne .... special effects (uncredited)
Karl Helmer .... special effects (uncredited)
Augie Lohman .... special effects (uncredited)
Robert MacDonald .... special effects (uncredited)
Alex Weldon .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jean Fouchet .... optical effects
Bob Cuff .... matte painter (uncredited)
David S. Horsley .... additional visual effects (uncredited)
Wally Veevers .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ken Buckle .... stunts (uncredited)
Yvan Chiffre .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Delamare .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Alexandre Renault .... stunts (uncredited)
John Sullivan .... stunts (uncredited)
Ian Yule .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pierre Levent .... cinematographer: incidental photography (uncredited)
Henri Persin .... cinematographer: incidental photography (uncredited)
Vincent Rossell .... still photographer (uncredited)
Guy Tabary .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Maude Spector .... casting: UK
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John McCorry .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Paul Anka .... composer: thematic music
Maurice Jarre .... conductor
Mitch Miller .... music arranger: thematic music
 
Other crew
Jean Barral .... technical advisor: France (as Commandant Jean Barral)
Roger Bligh .... technical advisor: USA (as Lt. Col. Roger Bligh)
Günther Blumentritt .... military consultant (as General Günther Blumentritt)
Willard L. Bushy .... technical advisor: USA (as Commander Willard L. Bushy)
Maurice Chauvet .... technical advisor
Hubert Deschard .... technical advisor: France (as Commandant Hubert Deschard)
The Earl of Lovat .... military consultant (as Brigadier The Earl of Lovat D.S.O. M.C.)
James M. Gavin .... military consultant (as Lieutenant General James Gavin)
A.J. Hillebrand .... technical advisor: USA (as Lt. Col. A.J. Hillebrand)
John Howard .... military consultant (as Major John Howard D.S.O. C. de G.)
James R. Johnson .... technical advisor: England (as Col. James R. Johnson D.S.O. O.B.E.)
Philip Kieffer .... military consultant (as Capitaine De Fregate Philippe Kieffer)
Pierre Koenig .... military consultant (as General D'Armee Pierre Koenig)
Helmut Lang .... military consultant (as Captain Helmut Lang)
Frederick Morgan .... military consultant (as General Sir Frederick Morgan)
E.C. Peake .... technical advisor: England (as Lt. Commander E.C. Peake R.N.)
Max Pemsel .... military consultant (as Lieutenant General Max Pemsel)
Werner Pluskat .... military consultant (as Major Werner Pluskat)
Fernand Prevost .... technical advisor: France (as Capitaine Fernand Prevost)
Josef Priller .... military consultant (as Colonel Josef Priller)
Lucie Marie Rommel .... military consultant (as Frau Lucie Maria Rommel)
Friedrich Ruge .... military consultant (as Vice Admiral Friedrich Ruge)
Albert Saby .... technical advisor: France (as Colonel Albert Saby)
Joseph B. Seay .... technical advisor: USA (as Colonel Joseph B. Seay)
Elmo Williams .... coordinator of battle episodes
Gilbert Chomat .... helicopter pilot: additional photography (uncredited)
Romain Gary .... script consultant (uncredited)
Fred Hift .... publicist (uncredited)
Jonny Jendrich .... technical advisor (uncredited)
James Jones .... script consultant (uncredited)
Mickey Knox .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Lucie Lichtig .... continuity (uncredited)
Colin Maud .... technical advisor (uncredited)
David Pursall .... script consultant (uncredited)
Erich Maria Remarque .... script consultant (uncredited)
Jack Seddon .... script consultant (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
178 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

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Trivia:
Film debut of Siân Phillips.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The "Rupert" paratrooper dummies dropped on D-Day were not the highly elaborate and lifelike rubber dummies shown in the film. The actual dummies were fabricated from sackcloth or burlap stuffed with straw or sand and were only crude representations of a human figure. They only appeared human from a distance during the descent and were equipped with an explosive charge that burned away the cloth after landing to prevent the immediate discovery of their true nature. A total of 500 dummies, accompanied by a handful SAS troopers, were dropped at four locations. The SAS played recordings of battle noise, set off smoke grenades and used their weapons to further enhance the deception. The whole operation was code named Operation Titanic.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Guy X (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Don't Fence Me InSee more »

FAQ

Boulogne---Was That Where Zanuck Had His Headquarters in France?
"Longest Day"---When Did Preparation for Filming Begin?
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60 out of 83 people found the following review useful.
Allow Yourself A Long Day To See This All-Star War Pic..., 12 April 1999
Author: Donald J. Lamb from Philadelphia, PA

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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