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The Longest Day ()


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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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  • Won 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations.
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Col. Thompson
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U.S. Army Ranger
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Madame Barrault
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Father Louis Roulland
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Pvt. Dutch Schultz
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Maj. Werner Pluskat
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Mayor of Colleville
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Flying Officer David Campbell
Wolfgang Büttner ...
Maj. Gen. Dr. Hans Speidel
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Pvt. John Steele
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Maid
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Pvt. Flanagan
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Capt. Frank
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Janine Boitard (as Irina Demich)
Fred Dur ...
U.S. Army Ranger Major
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U.S. Army Ranger
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Maj. Gen. Robert Haines
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Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
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Capt. Harding
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Sgt. Kaffekanne
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Brig. Gen. Edwin P. Parker Jr.
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British Padre
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Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt
Peter Helm ...
Young GI
Werner Hinz ...
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
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RAF Pilot
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Sgt. (later Lt.) John H. Fuller (as Jeff Hunter)
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Gen. Wolfgang Hager
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Maj. Gen. Gunther Blumentritt (as Curt Jürgens)
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Maj. Gen. Walter Bedell Smith
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Lord Lovat
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Louis
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Cmdr. Philippe Kieffer - Commando Leader
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Sgt. Wilder
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Pvt. Morris
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Pvt. Watney
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Pvt. Martini
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Brig. Gen. Norman Cota
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Capt. Colin Maud
Richard Münch ...
Gen. Erich Marcks
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Gen. Raymond D. Barton
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RAF Officer Mac
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Maj. Gen. Max Pemsel
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Joe Williams
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Mother Superior
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Sgt. Guy de Montlaur (as Georges Riviere)
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Pvt. Clough
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Brig. Gen. James M. Gavin
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U.S. Army Ranger
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U.S. Army Ranger
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RAdm. Janjard
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Destroyer Commander
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Maj. John Howard
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Lt. Wilson
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Lt. Col. Ocker (as Peter Van Eyck)
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U.S. Army Ranger
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British Paratrooper
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Lt. Sheen
Georges Wilson ...
Alexandre Renaud
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Lt. Col. Benjamin Vandervoort
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Undetermined Role (French Version) (scenesDeleted)
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Undetermined Role (French Version) (scenesDeleted)
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Group Capt. J.N. Stagg (uncredited)
Yves Barsacq ...
Man at Resistance HQ (uncredited)
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Officer at Eisenhower Briefing (uncredited)
Michael Beint ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Lt. Walsh (uncredited)
Lucien Camiret ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Jean Champion ...
French Resistance Fighter (uncredited)
Yvan Chiffre ...
Paratrooper (uncredited)
Bryan Coleman ...
Ronald Callen (uncredited)
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Officer On Bridge Behind Destroyer Commander (uncredited)
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Col. Caffey (uncredited)
Jo D'Avra ...
French Navy Captain (uncredited)
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Blumentritt's Adjutant (uncredited)
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Pvt. Harris (uncredited)
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British Soldier (uncredited)
Leslie de Laspee ...
Bill Millin - Piper on Beach (uncredited)
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German Soldier (uncredited)
Gil Delamare ...
French Commando (uncredited)
Colin Drake ...
Zanuck (uncredited)
Michel Duchaussoy ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Pvt. Coke (uncredited)
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British Paratrooper (uncredited)
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Pvt. Hutchinson (uncredited)
Robert Freitag ...
Meyer's Aide (uncredited)
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French Commando (uncredited)
Lutz Gabor ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Arnold Gelderman ...
German Guard on Train Track (uncredited)
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British Soldier (uncredited)
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German Soldier (uncredited)
Henry Grace ...
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower (uncredited)
Clément Harari ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Ruth Hausmeister ...
Frau Maria Rommel (uncredited)
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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)
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US Airman with Bandaged Eye (uncredited)
Simon Lack ...
Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory (uncredited)
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British Soldier (uncredited)
Rudy Lenoir ...
German Soldier (uncredited)
Joseph Lowe ...
US Army Ranger Sparrow (uncredited)
Wolfgang Lukschy ...
Col. Gen. Alfred Jodl (uncredited)
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Camp Cook (uncredited)
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Glider Doctor (uncredited)
Neil McCallum ...
Canadian Doctor (uncredited)
Edward Meeks ...
US Army Soldier Talking to Gen. Cota (uncredited)
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RAdm. Alan G. Kirk (uncredited)
Kurt Meisel ...
Capt. Ernst During (uncredited)
Gérard Moisan ...
Paratrooper (uncredited)
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Cook (uncredited)
Louis Mounier ...
Air Marshal Tedder (uncredited)
Al Mulock ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
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Major in Ste. Mère-Eglise (uncredited)
Kurt Pecher ...
German Commander (uncredited)
Rainer Penkert ...
Lt. Fritz Theen (uncredited)
Malte Petzel ...
German Officer with Rupert (uncredited)
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Roosevelt's Aide (uncredited)
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WREN (uncredited)
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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 ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Ernst Schröder ...
Gen. Hans von Salmuth (uncredited)
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Luftwaffe Major (uncredited)
Heinz Spitzner ...
Lt. Col. Helmuth Meyer (uncredited)
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Lt. Gen. Omar N. Bradley (uncredited)
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German Officer (uncredited)
Alice Tissot ...
Housekeeper (uncredited)
Serge Tolstoy ...
German Officer (uncredited)
Michel Tureau ...
French Commando (uncredited)
Roland Urban ...
Paratrooper (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

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Ken Annakin ... (British exterior episodes)
Andrew Marton ... (American exterior episodes)
Bernhard Wicki ... (German episodes)
Gerd Oswald ... (uncredited) (parachuting scenes in Sainte-Mère-Église)
Darryl F. Zanuck ... (uncredited)

Written by

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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

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Elmo Williams ... associate producer
Darryl F. Zanuck ... producer

Music by

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Maurice Jarre

Cinematography by

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Jean Bourgoin ... (photography)
Walter Wottitz ... (photography)

Film Editing by

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Samuel E. Beetley

Art Direction by

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Léon Barsacq ... (as Leon Barsacq)
Ted Haworth ... (as Ted Aworth)
Vincent Korda

Production Management

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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

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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) / second unit director (uncredited)
Henry Sokal Jr. ... assistant director (uncredited)
Elmo Williams ... second unit director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Gabriel Béchir ... set designer (uncredited)
Sam Gordon ... property master (uncredited)
Mentor Huebner ... production illustrator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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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

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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

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Jean Fouchet ... optical effects
Bob Cuff ... matte painter (uncredited)
David S. Horsley ... additional visual effects (uncredited)
Wally Veevers ... visual effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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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

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Pierre Levent ... cinematographer: incidental photography (uncredited)
Henri Persin ... cinematographer: incidental photography (uncredited)
Vincent Rossell ... still photographer (uncredited)
Guy Tabary ... aerial photographer (uncredited) / helicopter photographer (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Maude Spector ... casting: UK (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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John McCorry ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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Paul Anka ... composer: thematic music
Maurice Jarre ... conductor
Mitch Miller ... music arranger: thematic music

Transportation Department

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Frank Khoury ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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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.)
Philippe 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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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Tells the story of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in WWII. There are dozens of characters, some seen only briefly, who together weave the story of five separate invasion points that made up the operation. Written by John Vogel

Plot Keywords
Taglines 42 STARS IN THE LONGEST DAY See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • The D. Day (France)
  • Le jour le plus long (France)
  • Der längste Tag (Germany)
  • El día más largo (Spain)
  • Der längste Tag (West Germany)
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Runtime
  • 178 min
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Box Office

Budget $10,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $50,100,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia Dwight D. Eisenhower walked out on the film after only a few minutes, frustrated by the inaccuracies. See more »
Goofs The "Rupert" paratrooper dummies dropped on D-Day were not the highly elaborate and lifelike rubber dummies shown in the film. The actual dummies were fabricated from sackcloth or burlap stuffed with straw or sand and were only crude representations of a human figure. They only appeared human from a distance during the descent and were equipped with an explosive charge that burned away the cloth after landing to prevent the immediate discovery of their true nature. A total of 500 dummies, accompanied by a handful SAS troopers, were dropped at four locations. The SAS played recordings of battle noise, set off smoke grenades and used their weapons to further enhance the deception. The whole operation was code-named Operation Titanic. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into All This and World War II (1976). See more »
Soundtracks The Longest Day See more »
Crazy Credits There is a 20-second overture on a black screen, no 20th Century Fox logo (in spite of this being one of their most expensive productions), and a six-minute cold open before the title is displayed. Apart from the title, there are no credits at the beginning of the film. All cast and crew credits are at the end of the film. See more »
Quotes Flight Officer David Campbell: The thing that's always worried me about being one of the few is the way we keep on getting fewer.
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