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The Longest Day (1962)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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 Fred Dur ... U.S. Army Ranger Major
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Storyline

In 1944, the U.S. Army and Allied forces plan a huge invasion landing in Normandy, France. Despite bad weather, General Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the okay and the Allies land at Normandy. General Norma Cota travels with his men onto Omaha Beach. With much effort, and lost life, they get off the beach, traveling deep into French territory. The German military, due to arrogance, ignorance and a sleeping Adolf Hitler, delay their response to the Allied landing, with crippling results. Written by Jwelch5742

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USA

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English | German | French

Release Date:

4 October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Longest Day See more »

Filming Locations:

Bénouville, Calvados, France See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kenneth More (Captain Colin Maud) carried the shillelagh Maud had used in the actual invasion, which had been loaned to him by Maud. See more »

Goofs

When the two men are on the rocking boat in the beginning, the straps on their helmets remain at a 90-degree angle to the car they're sitting in despite the boat's drastic rocking back on forth, showing that it was the camera, not the boat, wobbling. 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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Crazy Credits

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 »

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Some video copies omits Jean Servais scenes as a Free French admiral making a short speech to his crew before the shore bombardments starts. See more »

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Don't Fence Me In
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Music by Cole Porter
Played on the radio when Gen. Cota is introduced
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Not a fair comparison
6 January 2007 | by windsong05See all my reviews

THE LONGEST DAY is one of the if not the greatest World War II movie epics. However, it is unfair to compare it to Steven Spielberg's SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. To do so would really be comparing apples and oranges. Spielberg's movie was meant to convey the gore and horror of war and succeeded quite admirably. In THE LONGEST DAY, which was shot in semi-documentary style, Zanuck's intent was to show the monumental effort involved, on the part of the allies, in mounting a successful cross channel invasion. In that regard this film also succeeded quite admirably. It should be regarded more as a history lesson rather than as simply dramatic entertainment. The historical value of the film far outweighs any minor dramatic licenses taken by Zanuck.


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