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The Longest Day -- Allied forces prepare for a massive D-Day assault upon the beaches of Normandy during World War II.
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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4 October 1962 (USA) See more »
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42 STARS IN THE LONGEST DAY See more »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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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

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)
Yves Barsacq ... Man at Resistance HQ (uncredited)
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Officer at Eisenhower Briefing (uncredited)
Michael Beint ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Lyndon Brook ... Lt. Walsh (uncredited)
Lucien Camiret ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Jean Champion ... French Resistance Fighter (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)
Armin Dahlen ... Blumentritt's Adjutant (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 Train Track (uncredited)
Harold Goodwin ... British Soldier (uncredited)

Walter Gotell ... German 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 Maj. 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 ... US Army Ranger Sparrow (uncredited)
Wolfgang Lukschy ... Col. Gen. Alfred Jodl (uncredited)
Victor Maddern ... Camp Cook (uncredited)
Howard Marion-Crawford ... Glider Doctor (uncredited)
Neil McCallum ... Canadian Doctor (uncredited)
Edward Meeks ... US Army Soldier Talking to Gen. Cota (uncredited)

John Meillon ... RAdm. Alan G. Kirk (uncredited)
Kurt Meisel ... Capt. Ernst During (uncredited)
Gérard Moisan ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Tony Mordente ... Cook (uncredited)
Louis Mounier ... Air Marshal 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)
Malte Petzel ... German Officer with Rupert (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)
Nicholas Stuart ... Lt. Gen. Omar N. Bradley (uncredited)
Hans Söhnker ... German Officer (uncredited)
Alice Tissot ... Housekeeper (uncredited)
Serge Tolstoy ... German Officer (uncredited)
Michel Tureau ... French Commando (uncredited)
Lionel Vitrant ... First Landed Paratrooper in a Garden (uncredited)
Vicco von Bülow ... Pemsel's Adjutant (uncredited)
Joe Warfield ... US Army Medic (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
Henry Wise .... second 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)
R.A. 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)
Guy Tabary .... helicopter 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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178 min
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Film debut of Siân Phillips.See more »
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Anachronisms: Features LCM-8s, which weren't built until 1954.See more »
Quotes:
RAF pilot at flight base:[talking about the invasion] Tonight. I KNOW it's tonight.
Flight Officer David Campbell:So it's tonight. Suits me fine. Tonight. This afternoon. NOW!
[pause]
Flight Officer David Campbell:Or, at least, as soon as I finish this beer.
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58 out of 95 people found the following review useful.
A Flawed Film But A Great Tribute To Courage, 5 June 2004
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

Despite being a classic war movie THE LONGEST DAY is very flawed as a production . Did someone say there's just too many stars in this movie ? If so I agree . Look at the way they're introduced , Mister big name movie star has back to camera , he turns round and wow we're looking at a big name movie star . All this is somewhat distracting .

It should also be pointed out that many of the cast are let down by Corneilus Ryan's script . Ryan wrote the definitive account of the last year of the war via his trilogy THE LONGEST DAY , A BRIDGE TOO FAR and THE LAST BATTLE , he was a truly great historian but it's obvious he couldn't master the technicalities of screen writing , his characters are more like caricatures with the Americans all being butch and macho while the Europeans are somewhat eccentric save for a few Englishmen who have stiff upper lips . Like HG Wells with THINGS TO COME Ryan writes dialogue that sounds suspiciously like thought processes , an example being where the rangers fight their way into a bunker only to find it's a decoy and someone says " You mean we came all the way up here for nothing ? " . You can almost imagine the passage in the book saying " it was obvious to the men who had survived the battle , so obvious that no one dare say it but they'd fought their way to the bunker for nothing "

Despite that I will congratulate Ryan and everyone else involved in the production for pointing out that the 6th of June was a multi national effort to free Western Europe from the Nazi jackboot , Brits , Yanks and the Free French are represented ( Not sure about the Canadians but ? ) unlike the rather overrated SAVING PRIVATE RYAN that seems to indicate that D Day was an American solo effort THE LONGEST DAY is far more accurate and subjective as to what happened on the day . The script also has the temerity to suggest that the allies didn't win the battle but the Nazis lost due to the military incompetence of Hitler . It should be remembered that despite the overwhelming fire power of the allies they could have easily have been massacred on the beaches and that the Normandy landings was probably the most complicated military endeavor in all of military history

A word of warning - If you ever watch this movie only see the widescreen version because the technical aspects are awesome . The outstanding scene is where a few Americans sit on a bunk playing cards and one of them stands up pleading " Hey guys , anyone got five bucks , ten bucks , anyone got twenty bucks " . At this point the camera quickly pans out and the sound crashes in making the audience realize that the scene is set in a billets with hundreds of soldiers . Needless to say this scene is totally ruined when it's watched on a scanned copy

THE LONGEST DAY is a flawed film but a great tribute to the men who fought in that campaign . As the veterans who fought there gather tomorrow for the 60th anniversary along with politicians who didn't have the guts to join the military but are very happy to use it for political gain I'd just like to say a big thank you to all the men who fought there . Thank you to one and all . If it weren't for you I wouldn't be here now

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