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The Longest Day 1962

The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view...

Release Date:
October 4, 1962
Duration:
178 min
Directors:
Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, Gerd Oswald, Darryl F. Zanuck ...
Cast:
John Robinson, Red Buttons, Bernard Fox, John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Henry Fonda, Sean Connery, Michael Medwin, Patrick Barr, Rod Steiger, Frank Finlay, Heinz Reincke, Al Mulock, Daniel Gélin, Robert Wagner, Richard Burton, Siân Phillips, Roddy McDowall, Robert Freitag, Bob Steele, Eddie Albert, Harold Goodwin, Richard Dawson, John Meillon, Edmond O'Brien, Lionel Vitrant, Kenneth More, Norman Rossington, Richard Münch, Patrick Jordan, Alexander Knox, Bill Nagy, Mel Ferrer, Mickey Knox, Wolfgang Lukschy, Ernst Schröder, Jack Phillips, John Crawford, Colin Drake, Clément Harari, Til Kiwe, Curd Jürgens, Richard Beymer, George Segal, Steve Forrest, Robert Ryan, Hans Christian Blech, Dominique Zardi, Peter Helm, Wolfgang Preiss, Stuart Whitman, Jack Hedley, Leslie Phillips, Donald Houston, Michael Beint, Christian Marquand, Paul Anka, Michel Duchaussoy, Yvan Chiffre, Gert Fröbe, Victor Maddern, Richard Wattis, Peter van Eyck, Richard Todd, Howard Marion-Crawford, John Gregson, Sal Mineo, Harry Landis, Vicco von Bülow, Rudy Lenoir, Ron Randell, Mark Damon, Karl John, Wolfgang Büttner, Maurice Poli, Georges Wilson, Bernard Fresson, Leo Genn, Tony Mordente, Arnold Gelderman, Neil McCallum, Tom Tryon, Trevor Reid, Jean-Louis Barrault, Jean Champion, Ray Danton, Kurt Meisel, Walter Horsbrugh, Simon Lack, Eugene Deckers, Peter Lawford, Jeffrey Hunter, Fabian, Jean Servais, Irina Demick, Georges Rivière, Fernand Ledoux, Harry Fowler, Gil Delamare, Hans Söhnker, Nicholas Stuart, Marcel Rouzé, Lyndon Brook, Bryan Coleman, Dewey Martin, Dietmar Schönherr, Bourvil, Jean-Pierre Janic, Edward Meeks, Lutz Gabor, Gérard Moisan, Françoise Rosay, Pauline Carton, Lucien Camiret, Arletty, Fred Dur, Paul Hartmann, Werner Hinz, Madeleine Renaud, Tommy Sands, Jo D'Avra, Leslie de Laspee, Henry Grace, Ruth Hausmeister, Michael Hinz, Joseph Lowe, Louis Mounier, Kurt Pecher, Rainer Penkert, Hartmut Reck, Paul Edwin Roth, Heinz Spitzner, Alice Tissot, Serge Tolstoy, Mickey Knox, Harold Goodwin, John Robinson, John Phillips, Trevor Reid ...
Genres:
Drama, History, Action, War ...
Country:
USA

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!yiiaaeah Thank you for sharing it :)

Wow amazing. I liked how German actors played German soldiers and speaked German also including the British, American, and French soldiers. It added to the realism. A lots of action and is extremely fast paced considering its 3 hour run time. It feels more like 2 hours or even less. Extremely well directed (by all four directors).

****/****


My fourt viewing of this World War 2 classic has, at long last, revealed some irritating flaws. Make no mistake, The Longest Day is an all-encompassing and oozing-with-authenticity account of the events that led to, and occured during D-Day. The B&W cinematography - yeah, I prefer the original version - is stark and documentary-like while the story's focus is as much on the Germans as it is on the Allied forces. Moreover, the film is nearly devoid of sugar-coated patriotism and it is downright fantastic that the Germans are portrayed in a human, if slightly dictatorial manner.

Where the film does go a bit pear-shaped, and this is really only in hindsight, is that Saving Private Ryan showed us how horrid and nasty combat on the frontlines can really be. Sadly, that ferocity and brutality is nowhere to be found. Granted, few studio films made in those days were vicious and gory but there is something awfully wrong about seeing Sean Connery set foot on Juno beach and crack a few jokes at the expense of the Germans. I love the man and there is something hugely enjoyable about seeing James Bond, before he actually was Bond, fight the good war but sheer dramatic impact is cut short bigtime. Connery's rather short appearance isn't the only example of course. The Longest Day is rousing, spectacular and complete but it is not an emotional rollercoaster. The scale of the conflict is what carries this film and it is a stunning achievement but rarely was I overcome with emotions and a sense of horror, brought fourth by the actual battles. The myriad characters make it difficult to truly bond with a few of them and it doesn't help that the big stars are really only salad dressing although it sure was a blast seeing Wayne, Fonda, Connery, Burton, etc, fight the good war.

I suppose this is both a blessing and a curse. You see, unlike Saving Private Ryan, in foregoing sheer emotions and manipulation, the makers have gone for a more factual and more documentary-like approach. The canvas is bigger as are the ambitions but for sheer power, Spielberg's film is where it's at, in spite of the odd moment of manipulation. Obviously, SPR's battle scenes surpass The Longest Day's. If not in scope, then certainly in sheer terror-inducing veracity. I wonder if the folks involved in the 1962 film where afraid to go all the way. Perhaps it really does take 5+ decades to do reality justice.

My rating: 8.5

THE LONGEST DAY
(KEN ANNAKIN, ANDREW MARTON, AND BERNHARD WICKI, 1962)
G
2 HOURS 58 MINUTES
Not only does this movie have a great plot & great action scenes which were amazing for it's time (1962) but the movie also feels like a history lesson which is actually really interesting. The Longest Day covers most of the events surrounding the Normandy Invasion & does a great job fitting them into this 3-hour EPIC.
As far as a War film goes, I couldn't ask for more!
My WWII History Prof. is a knife-wielding, crazed ex-marine. Random qoute: "I'm more of mutually assured destruction kinda guy". He then tried to pry open this VCR thingy with a knife (which he carries in a sheath in his briefcase)...lectured on how the Japanese are arrogant just like Texans...launched into a story about Texans in the Marines...this became a discussion about the status of American cities (Bakersfield vs. Los Angeles...Dallas vs. Fort Worth)...something about 'strafe and namp'...the UN shouldn't be in New York it should be in Geneva or better yet Mars...shotgun pellets in warefare...and then closed with a joke about Calvin Coolidge. This was all delivered in a raspy, smokers voice (sounded alot like Clint Eastwood) and sprinkled with obscenties.


How long before weapons start showing up? That would be awesome. I hope he brings in a M-16 and just pops off a few into the TV.
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I simply loved this movie. It really portrayed what both sides went through. At the end, a chorus sings
VERY LONG, BUT IT NEVER DRAGS. WHAT AN INCREDIBLE CAST. VERY LAVISHLY PRODUCED, AMAZING WAR SCENES. FINE SPECIAL EFFECTS. NOT SO GREAT ON PERIOD DETAIL. IT ANNOYS ME SO MUCH WHEN A MOVIE IS SET IN THE PAST AND THE WOMEN'S HAIRSTYLES AND MAKE-UP ARE FROM THE YEAR IT WAS MADE. THAT HAPPENS HERE. THE WOMEN ALL HAVE 1960'S HAIR STYLES.
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