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The Longest Day

  • Documentary and factual
  • War
  • 1962
  • Andrew Marton
  • 168 mins
  • PG

Summary

Second World War drama starring John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Henry Fonda and Robert Ryan. Normandy, 6 June 1944: as the huge task of preparing for D-Day draws to a close, the Allied commanders await suitable weather conditions to set in motion history's greatest amphibious operation.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Col Benjamin VandervoortJohn Wayne
Brig Gen Norman CotaRobert Mitchum
Brig Gen Theodore RooseveltHenry Fonda
Brig Gen James GavinRobert Ryan
Destroyer commanderRod Steiger
US rangerRobert Wagner
SchultzRichard Beymer
Maj Gen Robert HainesMel Ferrer
Sgt FullerJeffrey Hunter
US rangerPaul Anka
Pte MartiniSal Mineo
Pte MorrisRoddy McDowall
Lt SheenStuart Whitman
Col NewtonEddie Albert
Gen Raymond O BartonEdmond O'Brien
RangerFabian
Pte SteelRed Buttons
Lt WilsonTom Tryon
Maj Gen Walter Bedell SmithAlexander Knox
RAF pilotRichard Burton
Capt MaudKenneth More
Lord LovatPeter Lawford
Maj HowardRichard Todd
Pte FlanaganSean Connery
Madame BarraultArletty
Father Louis RoullandJean-Louis Barrault
Mayor of CollevilleBourvil
Captain FrankRay Danton
Janine BoitardIrina Demick
Captain HardingSteve Forrest
Sgt KaffekanneGert Fröbe
Brig Gen Edwin P Parker JrLeo Genn
British padreJohn Gregson
Field Marshal Gerd von RunstedtPaul Hartmann
RAF pilotDonald Houston
Maj Gen Gunther BlumentrittCurt Jurgens
Cmdr Philippe KiefferChristian Marquand
Pte WatneyMichael Medwin
RAF Officer MacLeslie Phillips
Pte CloughNorman Rossington
US Army RangerTommy Sands
US Army RangerGeorge Segal

Crew

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DirectorAndrew Marton
DirectorKen Annakin
DirectorBernhard Wicki

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Released on
1962-10-12
Languages
English | German | French
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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