The Longest Day (1962)




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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 … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By: , , , ,
Written By: Cornelius Ryan, Jack Seddon, Romain Gary, David Pursall, James Jones
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On DVD: Nov 2, 1999
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for The Longest Day

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | September 10, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Authentic 3-hour WWII D-Day drama; no graphic violence.

Full Review… | July 1, 2014
Common Sense Media

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]

Full Review… | June 1, 2008
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.

Full Review… | January 24, 2007

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.

Kevin M. Williams

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.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


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.

Saskia D.

Super Reviewer

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