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

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Cornelius Ryan (screenplay), Cornelius Ryan (book) | 4 more credits »
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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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This is the day that changed the world... When history held its breath. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

On D-Day, the Germans had only 319 operational aircraft left to face the Allied armada of over 9000 planes. See more »

Goofs

During the shelling at the beginning of the invasion the French farmer's mirror breaks and its position shifts. In doing so a stage light is clearly seen. See more »

Quotes

[Last Lines]
Brigadier General Norman Cota: Okay, run me up the hill, son.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Last Man Standing: Last Halloween Standing (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Longest Day
Written by Paul Anka
Performed by Mitch Miller with His Orchestra and Chorus
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Still a classic after 42 years!
2 May 2004 | by phantomsteve_See all my reviews

Invariably compared with "Saving Private Ryan" (SPR), this scores over the more modern work because of the focus on all the major sides of the action (British, American, French and German).

All languages are used (with subtitles as appropriate - eg the Germans speak in German, etc).

While true that the battle scenes are not gory as SPR's, and that the sounds of battle are muted during the dialog (unlike SPR's), it should be borne in mind that in '62, the audience rating of the time *was* a General Release ("G" in the US, "A" in the UK (I'm guessing for the UK, but it is now PG)) - which more detail would not have allowed.

I think part of the purpose of this film is to allow *everyone* to see what happened 18 years before!


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Country:

USA

Language:

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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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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