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D-Day: The Sixth of June (1956)

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We don't see much of Omaha Beach in D-Day, the Sixth of June. Instead, the film concentrates on a romantic triangle involving American officer Robert Taylor, British officer Richard Todd and the lovely Dana Wynter. Taylor and Todd spend the last hours before D-Day reminiscing about Wynter. The romantic dilemma is eventually solved shortly after the invasion, when one of the men conveniently steps on a land mine. Lionel Shapiro's novel was geared more for the beach-and-bonbons crowd than war buffs, and the film follows suit. 20th Century-Fox gives a far more thorough account of D-Day itself in 1963's The Longest Day.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Romance
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Studio:
Fox

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Cast

Robert Taylor
as Capt. Brad Parker
Dana Wynter
as Valerie Russell
Richard Todd
as Lt. Col. John Wynter
John Williams
as Brig. Gen. Russell
Edmond O'Brien
as Lt. Col. Alexander Timmer
John Williams (II)
as Brig. Gen. Russell
Jerry Paris
as Raymond Boyce
Robert Gist
as Dan Stenick
Richard Wyler
as David Archer
Ross Elliott
as Maj. Mills
Alex Finlayson
as Col. Harkens
Rama Bai
as Mala
Dabbs Greer
as Arkinson
Boyd 'Red' Morgan
as Sgt. Brooks
Queenie Leonard
as Corporal
Geoffrey Steele
as Maj. McEwen
George Pelling
as Capt. Waller
Cyril Delevanti
as Coat Room Attendant
Conrad Feia
as Lieutenant at Party
Richard Aherne
as Grainger
Victoria Ward
as Mrs. Hamilton
Pat McMahon
as Suzette
Thomas Brown Henry
as Gen. Bolthouse
John Damler
as Lt. Col. Cantrell
Thomas Browne Henry
as Gen. Bolthouse
Damian O'Flynn
as Gen. Pike
Ben Wright
as Gen. Millensbeck
Howard Price
as American War Correspondent
Reggie Dvorak
as Taxi Driver
Chet Marshall
as Lt. Clayford Binns
Parley Baer
as Sgt. Gerbert
Ashley Cowan
as Lance Corp. Bailey
June Mitchell
as Waitress
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Critic Reviews for D-Day: The Sixth of June

All Critics (1)

D-Day: The Sixth of June is a sappy old love-story wrapped up as a macho guy flick, and the movie barely works as either.

June 28, 2002
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for D-Day: The Sixth of June

½

Cardboard melodramatics form the backdrop for this war flick that only loosely focuses on the name event. Dana Wynter is fine as is Jerry Paris in a small role, Todd is more an afterthought than a character. Taylor is stiff as usual and O'Brien consumes the scenery and plows over any actor in his way. Forgettable.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

The Sixth of June was a day on which the world pivoted. This film is an atypical view on the operation that changed the 20th century history. However, this film does not even involve June 6th for the majority of the film. It seems like this film would be better as an American living in London or a World War II love story. Robert Taylor's performance is solid but features some cheesy moments with Dana Wynter. Taylor is not a well known actor but manages a decent performance. Dana Wynter's performance is also decent aside for some corny moments. Richard Todd gives a stiff performance in a role that is strangely similar to the one that he will play in 'The Longest Day'. The director Henry Koster, winner of Best Director for the Bishop's wife, focuses strongly on the relationship between Brad and Val. The narrations that occur before the flashbacks are laugh-out-loud funny even though they are not intended to be. How John meets his demise is quite strange and seems unrealistic (maybe it did happen to people). The ending between the two lovers, Brad and Val, leaves the viewer wanting more.

Performance Pictures
Performance Pictures
½

This is not the typical War story like most that came out after the BIG ONE WWII. Very little war scenes or fighting in this one. My guess it was made for women who were getting tired of going to see bang bang shoot'em up movies. Its more of a romance story. Robert Taylor who is married falls in love with a women while in station in England, Her fiancée is fighting the war in Africa. So he's a player and so is she. I am sure this upset a few households in America when it came out. In the end Robert is sent to be involved in the landing of D-Day where our ladies fiancée saves Robert Taylor and puts him on a wounded solders ship and sends him back to England, he then turns around and is blown to bits by a land mine. Still its a good classic film. Worth 3 1/2 Stars.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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