The Longest Day

The Longest Day

Ken Annakin (1962)

168min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This war film has a lot going for it: a huge budget and masses of military co-operation; the clever idea of providing a composite picture of the Allied invasion of Occupied France on D-Day 6 June 1944 from the British, American, French Resistance and German viewpoints; well-known actors from each nationality to help audiences cope with the large number of characters; and black-and-white photography to convey a sense of newsreel authenticity. The picture holds its three-hour length well and is far from gung ho in highlighting the errors and miscalculations on both sides. The battle scenes are memorably staged and the major Hollywood stars fit in particularly well, but it's let down by overacting from many of the European players, some crude characterisation and pretentious vignettes.

Summary

Fact-based Second World War drama chronicling the planning and execution of the Allied landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944, from the differing perspectives of the British, German and American forces. Starring Richard Burton, Richard Todd, Kenneth More, John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Henry Fonda and Curt Jurgens.

Cast & Crew

David Campbell Richard Burton
Col Benjamin Vandervoort John Wayne
Brig Gen Theodore Roosevelt Henry Fonda
Destroyer commander Rod Steiger
Brig Gen Norman Cota Robert Mitchum
Lord Lovat Peter Lawford
Maj Gen Gunther Blumentritt Curt Jurgens
Pte Morris Roddy McDowall
Capt Colin Maud Kenneth More
Pte Flanagan Sean Connery
Maj John Howard Richard Todd
Director Ken Annakin
Director Andrew Marton
Director Bernhard Wicki
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Other Information

Language: English, German +subtitlesBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdGuidance: Violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama