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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 »
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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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Spectacular recounting about the D-Day landings at Normandy on June 6, 1944, based on Cornelius Ryan novel See more (187 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)

Gary Collins ... Officer On Bridge Behind Destroyer Commander (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 ... French Spitfire Pilot (uncredited)

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
Karl Baumgartner .... special effects (uncredited)
Johnny Borgese .... 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 (uncredited)
 
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:
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Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
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Trivia:
Curd Jürgens plays Gen. Blumentritt. In real life, Jurgens had been imprisoned by the Nazis.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When LTC Vandervoort uses his flashlight to illuminate his map (while having his broken ankle taped), the flashlight illuminates the map, but displays a flashlight-shaped shadow in the center of the map (indicating the stage light used to "really" illuminate the map).See more »
Quotes:
Destroyer Commander:You remember it. Remember every bit of it, 'cause we are on the eve of a day that people are going to talk about long after we are dead and gone.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) (TV)See more »
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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Spectacular recounting about the D-Day landings at Normandy on June 6, 1944, based on Cornelius Ryan novel, 21 December 2007
Author: ma-cortes

This an important, interesting movie depicting the Overlord operation with monumental logistics and means of effecting the Normandy landing, the most difficult campaign of war. The picture brings to life the famous images of WWII and splendidly the most sensational military operation of the history in an Allied hard-fought effort. The film develops the previous days to the D-Day invasion ,such as the landings and the advance over France. The film is magnificently produced with big budget by the great 20th century Fox producer Darryl F Zanuck. Evocative cinematography by Jean Bourgoun and catching song by Paul Anka with musical score by Maurice Jarre. Excellent casting by plethora stars. Special mention to John Wayne as Lt. Colonel Benjamin Vandervoort , he's top-notch as tough,valiant officer in this believable war film and terrific acting by Richard Todd as Major commanding Us paratroopers dropped to protect the flanks of the invasion and taking strategic bridge. Furthermore known Generals and officers played by prestigious players, as Germans: General Gunther(Curt Jurgens),Field Marshal Erwin Rommel(Hinz), Field Marshal Von Rundstedt(Paul Hartmann), and Allied : Brig. General Theodore Roosevelt Jr(Henry Fonda),Brig. General Norman Cota(Robert Mitchum), General Haines(Mel Ferrer), Brig. General James Gavin(Robert Ryan), General Raymond Barton(Edmond O'Brien), Lt General OMar N Bradley(Stuart), General Bernard L Montgomery(T. Reid) and General Dwight D Eisenhower played by Henry Grace. Grace was a famed set designer , while he worked extensively for many films ,his only appearance was an uncredited performance as Eisenhower ; despite not being an actor , he was cast for his uncanny resemblance to the General. This famous event from how was orchestrated the dangerous,risky landings maneuvers is professionally directed by trio of directors, Ken Annakin, Bernhard Wicki and Andrew Marton.

Adding more details along with the well developed on the movie, the events were happened of the following manner : Shortly after midnight on June 6, about 23.500 US and British paratroopers landed along the edges of the landing beaches. Their mission was to seize vital bridges and communications centers. They also had to hold off any Germans counterattacks until they were relieved by the amphibious forces. The Airbone landings were largely successful. Some US troops missed their target and end up scattered over the countryside. The main amphibious landings took place after an artillery bombardment from some 200 Allied warships at German positions also came under attack from Allied medium and heavy bombers. They were part of the 11,500 aircraft committed to D-Day. They bombed the Germans on and behind the five landing beaches. US troops landed on Utah beach. Strong currents and inaccurate navigation meant that they were a little away from their precise target. They landed about 1 mile(1,6 km) south. The beach there was relatively undefended. The troops soon knocked out the only concrete gun position guarding the beach.Demolitions teams cleared paths through the obstacles the beach and the first tanks crossed the Atlantic Wall. They fanned out into the countryside to link up with the paratroopers. By nightfall of D-Day some 23,000 men and 1,700 vehicles had gone ashore. The beach had been highly congested for much of the day. Utah was a triumph ,however Omaha beach was nearly a disaster, the fight was the most difficult. The Us troops were unable to get off the beach to make room for later waves of invaders. There were better defenses there than on the other beaches, and the German defenders were positioned on high ground, from where they could pour fire down on the attackers.The allies also made mistakes. The naval bombardment ended too soon, and the bombers missed their targets and launched landing crafts and amphibious tanks too far out from the beach, may were sunk. When the first assault wave landed ,it faced a bar-rage of fire , some men were thinking of evacuation. However small groups began to make it off the beach to the high ground beyond. By dusk, some men were ashore, most were still crowed on the beach. The high ground beyond was only thinly held by exhausted survivors waves. Some 2300 US troops had been killed in the landings. The operation had come close to disaster. The three Anglo-Canadian beaches-Gold, Sword and Juno stretched fore some 25 miles. They were wide and open and ideal for amphibious landings. The British on Gold and Sword quickly crashed though the Atlantic wall. Their success was due partly to a range of specially developed armored vehicles known as Funnies. The Canadians at Juno had a tougher time. They faced rough seas and alert defenders .By late morning ,they were also pushing inland. Despite the horror of beaches , overall Allied losses were far lower than expected. Some 6000 US personnel were killed, wounded, or missing, along with 4300 British and Canadian troops. German losses totaled between 4000 and 8000. By the day's end ,some 128000 Allied soldiers were ashore and many more were on their way.

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