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May 4, 2015
Hard To Argue With The Classics.
April 15, 2015
Le premier film qui montra le d (C)barquement de Normandie , il fesait r (C)f (C)rence jusqu'au "Saving Private Ryan" de Steven Spielberg ...
April 4, 2015
John Wayne comes off as a cartoon compared to the other actors around him. I didn't grow up with his bravado, and it's totally lost on me. That said, while the individual scenes are really great, they're just kind of randomly stuck throughout the film. It's like they shot 10 separate short films and just mixed them all together. The result is dissatisfying.
January 31, 2015
A perfect blending of the fictional characters in the junior ranks, interwoven with those of the more well known historical figures who took part in one of the most exciting events in world history. Proving that you do not need to alter the history in the belief that it will make for a better film.
January 9, 2015
Never thought I could smile so much during a war movie. Definitely a classic I could watch again even with a three hour commitment. A+
December 21, 2014
The place is Ouistreham, not as this review spells it, Qu....
The Allies parachuted into Sainte-Mre-glise, not as this review has it ...
Is it that hard to get it right?
November 23, 2014
***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***
Super Reviewer
½ November 19, 2014
A sweeping World War II epic, The Longest Day tells the story behind the Normandy invasion; one of the most daring and complex military operations ever conceived. Shot in a docudrama style, the film emphasizes several dozen Allied and Axis leaders and follows their actions during the course of the invasion. Featuring John Wayne, Sean Connery, Robert Mitchum, Red Buttons, Henry Fonda, and Roddy McDowall (just to name a few), the ensemble cast that's been assembled is incredible. However, there's a bit of jingoism going on, as the Nazi's are show mostly as incompetent and the American/British forces are selfless and brave. There's also very little blood and carnage; which is a fault of the time in which the film was made. Still, the coverage of the various battle fronts on the land and sea is comprehensive, and gives a sense of scope to how massive the operation was. Though it overemphasizes the historical information over the storytelling at times, The Longest Day is an extraordinarily powerful film about a seminal event in world history.
November 4, 2014
Excellent! The action and characters are based on real events and persons. This is the best movie about D-Day (with ??Saving Private Ryan coming in a close second).
September 30, 2014
The Longest Day is a good old fashioned Hollywood war epic that proves you don't need to show a heap of fake blood and guts to be a good war film
September 8, 2014
A stellar perspective of war!
½ August 29, 2014
The production values are strong, and Wayne/Mitchum/Fonda are always enjoyable, but at 3 hours, the movie feels like the longest day.
July 9, 2014
They don't make them like this anymore! GREAT movie!
½ June 12, 2014
Truly epic in scale, and in that respect it manages to live up to the Normandy landings it's based on.
June 11, 2014
as the director desperately tried to span entire huge event. the film is distracted and reduced by pointless comedy scenes.
½ June 9, 2014
WW2 dramas do not get more epic than this. Massive in its scale, involving every nation and almost every operation and type of unit that took part in Operation Overlord. Thanks to this you get a true sense of all the planning, men and materiel involved in the invasion, and how they all fit together. By showing the German side you also see how the enemy feels, and how wrong-footed they were.

Not as realistically gory as Saving Private Ryan - such realism would never gave gotten past the 1960s censors - but such micro-detailed realism is not necessary here. The picture is more a strategic one, though you often get to see it from the eyes of average soldiers.

Mostly quite accurate, but there are some mildly-annoying inaccuracies. The portrayal of 27-year old Lt Colonel Benjamin Vandervoort by the 55-year old John Wayne is probably the pick of the bunch. Once the action starts, however, the mild inaccuracies are quickly forgotten, as you immerse yourself in reliving an event of massive historical significance.

In fitting with the epic nature of the movie, just about every actor in it with dialogue is a major star. About the only male superstars of the time missing are Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando and Orson Welles! Some of them, eg George Segal, Sean Connery, Robert Wagner, have very minor parts and only have a handful of lines, but it shows just how deep the talent pool was in the cast of the movie.

Stirring, incredible, epic war drama.
May 25, 2014
It might be propaganda and might not be the most realistic but this and was remains a great WW2 movie. The moment the Frenchman meets the British on the beach with champagne has to be a glorious moment. Even though it was meant as comic relief the true expression of joy hat the French must have at liberation was caught in that moment. Very emotional
May 17, 2014
One of the best war movies made!!!
May 3, 2014
A star studded, accurate, and classic WWII epic.
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