The Longest Day

The Longest Day

Ken Annakin (1962)

168min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This epic film has a lot going for it, including a huge budget, an all-star cast and masses of military co-operation. It also has the clever idea of providing a composite picture of D-Day from multiple national viewpoints, while the use of black-and-white photography conveys a sense of newsreel authenticity. The film 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 (led by John Wayne, Henry Fonda and Robert Mitchum) 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, French and American forces. Starring Richard Burton, Richard Todd, Kenneth More, Sean Connery, John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Henry Fonda, Curt Jurgens, Roddy McDowall and Rod Steiger.

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