The Longest Day

The Longest Day

Andrew Marton (1962)

168min
A 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

Col Benjamin Vandervoort John Wayne
Brig Gen Norman Cota Robert Mitchum
Brig Gen Theodore Roosevelt Henry Fonda
Brig Gen James Gavin Robert Ryan
Destroyer commander Rod Steiger
US ranger Robert Wagner
Schultz Richard Beymer
Maj Gen Robert Haines Mel Ferrer
Sgt Fuller Jeffrey Hunter
US ranger Paul Anka
Pte Martini Sal Mineo
Pte Morris Roddy McDowall
Lt Sheen Stuart Whitman
Col Newton Eddie Albert
Gen Raymond O Barton Edmond O'Brien
Ranger Fabian
Pte Steel Red Buttons
Lt Wilson Tom Tryon
Maj Gen Walter Bedell Smith Alexander Knox
RAF pilot Richard Burton
Capt Maud Kenneth More
Lord Lovat Peter Lawford
Maj Howard Richard Todd
Pte Flanagan Sean Connery
Madame Barrault Arletty
Father Louis Roulland Jean-Louis Barrault
Mayor of Colleville Bourvil
Captain Frank Ray Danton
Janine Boitard Irina Demick
Captain Harding Steve Forrest
Sgt Kaffekanne Gert Fröbe
Brig Gen Edwin P Parker Jr Leo Genn
British padre John Gregson
Field Marshal Gerd von Runstedt Paul Hartmann
RAF pilot Donald Houston
Maj Gen Gunther Blumentritt Curt Jurgens
Cmdr Philippe Kieffer Christian Marquand
Pte Watney Michael Medwin
RAF Officer Mac Leslie Phillips
Pte Clough Norman Rossington
US Army Ranger Tommy Sands
US Army Ranger George Segal
Director Andrew Marton
Director Ken Annakin
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