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D-Day the Sixth of June (1956)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 29 May 1956 (USA)
En route to Normandy, an American and a British officer reminisce in flashback about their romances with the same woman.

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Ivan Moffat (screenplay), Harry Brown (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Capt. Brad Parker
Richard Todd ... Lt. Col. John Wynter
Dana Wynter ... Valerie Russell
Edmond O'Brien ... Lt. Col. Alexander Timmer
John Williams ... Brig. Russell
Jerry Paris ... Raymond Boyce
Robert Gist ... Dan Stenick
Richard Wyler ... David Archer (as Richard Stapley)
Ross Elliott ... Maj. Mills
Alex Finlayson Alex Finlayson ... Col. Harkens
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Storyline

'Twas the night before D-Day. One ship, carrying Special Force Six, leaves ahead of the main invasion on a dangerous mission. On board are British Colonel Wynter and American Captain Parker, who each, in flashback, reminisce about their separate involvements with beauteous Valerie Russell. Will the coming battle (confined to the film's last fifteen minutes) determine which one comes home to her? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

THE GREAT DAY...THE GREAT LOVE STORY...OF THE GREAT WAR! (Print ad- Salina Journal, ((Salina, Kansas)) 15 July 1956) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sixth of June See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,075,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although Captain Parker is no longer a paratrooper he still has a paratroopers throat strap attached to his M1 helmet. See more »

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At about one hour,one minute and 17 seconds into the film a panoramic view of Tangiers is shown but it's the present-day modern city of Tangiers, complete with high-rise modern hotels and harbor rather than the 1940s wartime Tangiers. See more »

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Lt. Col. Alexander Timmer: I'm gonna get into a combat unit if I have to take a bust down to captain to do it.
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At Last
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Music by Harry Warren
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Romantic Melodrama With An American Bias
10 January 2005 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

It's rather strange watching D DAY THE SIXTH OF JUNE in 2005 because what strikes you is that it's a war movie made with a female audience in mind . Maybe it wasn't so strange at the time because a large proportion of the female population in Britain at the time could probably relate to having both a British boyfriend and an American lover on the go at the same time , but still the thought of a war movie marketed towards women seems somewhat bizarre since it's a genre most females seem to dislike . For example has anyone seen the comments on BLACK HAWK DOWN from teenage girls confessing they went to the cinema simply to see Orlando Bloom and had to endure two hours of on screen carnage ?

My problem D DAY THE SIXTH OF JUNE is that it's an American movie . Nothing wrong with that since the Yanks make better films than anyone else but since it's based on actual events it's a very poor history lesson . For example we cut via flashback to a radio broadcast in 1942 stating that because of American involvement in North Africa the campaign was now a foregone conclusion . I will state truthfully that Britain couldn't have won the second world war without American assistance , but we won the Battle of Britain without American assistance and in 1941 British Commonwealth forces numbering 36,000 managed to hold back an Italian army numbering 400,000 in North Africa , while the decisive battle in the region at El Alamein was an entirely British commonwealth victory save for some equipment that was made in America . Watching this movie you're led to believe that the Brits didn't have a clue what they were doing unless they had expert help from Uncle Sam . Britain spent almost two years alone fighting the Axis powers , which is not something you'd learn from this movie

There areone or two good points . One is Richard Todd's performance as a British para . Todd spent the second world war as an officer in the parachute regiment and took part in the D Day landings himself so he gives method acting a whole new meaning , though his character isn't on screen as much as he should have been . Despite being filmed 50 years ago the long awaited battle scenes are good and must have been outstanding in their day , and lastly despite having an American bias this movie occasionally points out the Canadian contribution to the Second world war something that THE LONGEST DAY negates somewhat


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