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Dramatised documentary, based on the experiences of the soldiers who invaded France in the D-Day Normandy Landings on 6 June 1944 which were instrumental in ending World War II.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Holm ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
André Heintz André Heintz ... Himself - Resistance Fighter (as Andre Heinz)
Raimund Steiner Raimund Steiner ... Himself - Commander, Merviille Battery
Eddie McCann Eddie McCann ... Himself - Coxswain, U.S. Navy
Hans Schirren Hans Schirren ... Himself - E Boat Commander
T.B.H. Otway T.B.H. Otway ... Himself - 9th Parachute Battalion (as Terence Otway)
Alan Jefferson Alan Jefferson ... Himself - 9th Parachute Battalion
John G. Morris ... Himself - London Picture Editor, Life Magazine (as John Morris)
Franz Gockel Franz Gockel ... Himself - Gunner, Omaha Beach
George Lane George Lane ... Himself - X Troop, Ten Commando
Bob Littlar Bob Littlar ... Himself - King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Bill Farmer Bill Farmer ... Himself - King's Shropshire Light Infantry
David Lyon David Lyon ... Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Lacy Moore ... Kay Summersby (as Tracey Moore)
Graham McTavish ... Group Capt. James Stagg
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Dramatised documentary, based on the experiences of the soldiers who invaded France in the D-Day Normandy Landings on 6 June 1944 which were instrumental in ending World War II.

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English | French | German

Release Date:

5 June 2004 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

1944. június 6. - A normandiai partraszállás napja See more »

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Dolby SR

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Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Poignant and breathtaking
22 May 2014 | by jvdesuit1See all my reviews

I find the other reviews very mild in their appraisal of this documentary. What were they waiting for? A Cecil B. De Mille production? A Spielberg one full of blood to make it as gore as possible?

I think this documentary as always all the BBC produces,gave a just balance between realism and testimonies of people who actually were part of the event.Moreover it can be viewed by a public of all ages and when I write this I think of the younger generations who were born well after the end of the war and who are moaning and always complaining for their so difficult life! My God they are lucky and do not realize it.

When you see in the movie what was left of Caen after the invasion, you understand what it was.

When you listen to those veterans who were adolescent when thrown into this nightmare, you wonder how you can sleep again after what you went through.

That's what makes this film a great documentary. No fiction, no stupid love affair mixed in the middle of the script to satisfy the sexual appetite of some viewers. This is real, even if some scenes are taken from different great movies by Spielberg or others.

I watched it, and I wept many times admiring the courage of those men facing the inevitable when they landed on the beaches. I'm 72 and being born in Cairo, I remember our anguish at the time of the Battle of El Alamein, I was just only one year old but I clearly remember how frightened I was by the light of the aerial defense in the sky from my bedroom. And I consider myself to be a lucky one as we never really suffered from the war in Egypt. Thanks, Monty!

Yes this is a very good documentary to be showed regularly so that no one should forget what can happen when extremists whether from the right or the left wing take power.


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