The Longest Day

"Excellent"

The Longest Day Review


D-Day wasn't just fought at Omaha Beach, though Hollywood may have thought so before The Longest Day. D-Day involved a cast of thousands, and it took producer Darryl Zanuck, five screenwriters, four directors, and three hours just to bring it to the big screen. In fact, Spielberg cribbed large chunks of this film verbatim for Saving Private Ryan. Ultimately, Ryan is the better picture, but The Longest Day shows you more of the story (and it's closer to reality), from the paratrooper force sent in as a diversion, to a half-dozen beach battles, to the French Resistance and how they helped. Aside from a great war tale, Day also marks what must be the only film where you can see John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Fabián, Sal Mineo, Eddie Albert, Red Buttons, Peter Lawford, and Sean Connery all fighting the same war. And on the same side, no less.


The Longest Day

Facts and Figures

Run time: 178 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 4th October 1962

Budget: $10M

Distributed by: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Production compaines: Darryl F. Zanuck Productions, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Fresh: 12 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 7.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: , Andrew Marton, Gerd Oswald,

Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck

Starring: as Col. Benjamin Vandervoort, as Brig. Gen. Norman Cota, as Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt jr., as Pvt. Flanagan, as Flight Officer David Campbell, as Pvt. John Steele, Curd Jürgens as Maj. Gen. Gunther Blumentritt, Gert Fröbe as Sgt. Kaffekanne, Bourvil as Le maire de Colleville, as Col. Thompson, as U.S. Army Ranger, as Madame Barrault, as Father Louis Roulland, as Pvt. Dutch Schultz, as Maj. Werner Pluskat, Wolfgang Büttner as Maj. Gen. Dr. Hans Speidel, as Maid, as Capt. Frank, as Janine Boitard (as Irina Demich), Fred Dur as U.S. Army Ranger major, as U.S. Army Ranger, as Maj. Gen. Robert Haines, as Capt. Harding, Leo Genn as Brig. Gen. Edwin P. Parker Jr., as British Padre, as Lord Lovat, as Pvt. Morris, as Pvt. Martini, Edmond O'Brien as Gen. Raymond D. Barton, as Brig. Gen. James M. Gavin, as Destroyer Commander, Tom Tryon as Lt. Wilson, as Lt. Col. Ocker (as Peter Van Eyck), as U.S. Army Ranger, as Lt. Sheen, as U.S. Army Ranger, as Maj. John Howard, as RAdm. Janjard, Wolfgang Preiss as Maj. Gen. Max Pemsel, as RAF Officer Mac, as Capt. Colin Maud, as Mother Superior, as Pvt. Coke (uncredited), Michael Hinz as Manfred Rommel (uncredited)

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