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The Longest Day (1962)


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Release Date: Jun 1, 1962 Wide



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The Longest Day is a mammoth, all-star re-creation of the D-Day invasion, personally orchestrated by Darryl F. Zanuck. Whenever possible, the original locations were utilized, and an all-star international cast impersonates the people involved, from high-ranking officials to ordinary GIs. Each actor speaks in his or her native language with subtitles translating for the benefit of the audience (alternate "takes" were made of each scene with the foreign actors speaking English, but these were


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Cornelius Ryan

Nov 2, 1999

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Though the film makes a few egregious historical changes for dramatic effect, The Longest Day pretty much lives and dies by its scale. [Blu-Ray]

June 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Produced by Zanuck, this WWII epic is the joint effort of 3 directors, no less than 5 writers, and numerous stars, including John Wayne.

January 24, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Longest film imaginable at three-hours, which proves to be a hinderance.

January 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The longest movie; the stunt of too many great actors in small roles wears thin. Saving Private Ryan did it better and in much less time.

March 25, 2005 | Comments (5)
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

It is, and will most likely always remain, the definitve D-Day picture.

December 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Hollywood Bitchslap | Comments (2)
Hollywood Bitchslap

A far cry from the gore-drenched Saving Private Ryan, legendary producer Darryl F. Zanuck's heartfelt recreation of the D-Day landings is, in its own way, every bit as memorable.

June 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Longest Day

Star-studded, near propaganda piece that gives an idea of just how immense the gargantuan enterprise of the Normandy invasion turned out to be. While Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan is certainly more visceral, the scope here is larger and more inclusive of all the nations involved.
October 23, 2011

Super Reviewer

This 1962, nearly three-hour, black-and-white battle epic holds up magnificent. Yes, the chest-beating and sentimental dialogue can seem clumsy and the endless star cameos - from Robert Mitchum, Sean Connery, Robert Wagner, Rod Steiger, Sal Mineo, Curt Jurgens and more - make this a symbolic show rather than a character-driven drama. Still, the lavish recreation of the Allied forces' 1944 landing in Normandy is still eye-popping. The film is based on Cornelius Ryan's book of the same name.
March 21, 2011
Dean McKenna

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Since watching Band of Brothers, I'm a little more into war movies because I understand the psychology a little better. Still not my favorite genre, but this was interesting enough.
October 27, 2010

Super Reviewer

Old fashioned Hollywood style war film with lots of shooting and dramatic (bloodless) deaths. There's nothing quite like watching Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum and Sean Connery storm the beaches at Normandy!
July 6, 2009
Randy Tippy

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    1. Brig. Gen. Norman Cota: I don't have to tell you the story. You all know it. Only two kinds of people are gonna stay on this beach: those that are already dead and those that are gonna die. Now get off your butts. You guys are the Fighting 29th.
    – Submitted by David P (2 years ago)
    1. Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt: The reinforcements will have to follow us wherever we are. We're starting the war from right here. Head inland. We're going inland.
    – Submitted by David P (2 years ago)
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