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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.
April 16, 2014
Directed by several filmmakes and in different locations around the world, with 42 international actors like John wayne,Richard burton,Henry fonda,Robert mitchum,Sean connery etc...the movie is as big as its cast, brilliantly directed,edited and with a very unique cinematography that became inspiration for many scenes used by Spielberg in his 1998 war movie Saving private ryan. A monumental war masterpiece.
March 10, 2014
+ Brilliant D-Day retelling, from all sides. Exceptional film.
- Not enough ppl have seen it.
March 8, 2014
I own the Blu-Ray and the two-disc DVD.
½ February 22, 2014
Great performances by a host of Hollywood stars. A must watch each Memorial Day Weekend.
February 2, 2014
A real classic. My only problem with classic movies like this is the whole first hour is spent taking about stuff and Is very boring. You don't really get attached to the soldiers either. But great movie. Wish movies like that were still being made, with all the landing craft and explosions being real. Everything now is all CGI.
½ January 2, 2014
The Longest Day is nothing short of a war classic, and it stands out from so many other films of its genre and time for several reasons.
In terms of plot, story execution and the presence of an ensemble cast, The Longest Day is clearly very I influential of the later epic war masterpiece A Bridge Too Far, yet The Longest Day isn't nearly as confusing or repetitive. As it goes through the complex development of June 6, 1944, The Longest Day ensures that all it's dramatic plot dynamics are in order and making sense, and from a technical standpoint it honestly feels ahead of its time.
By that I mean the cinematography is absolutely astounding. It gets up close with the characters when the dramatic tension is building within them, and it follows them well when they move through battle. It tracks them perfectly and always manages to get the perfect quantity of elements into perspective. The cinematography in The Longest Day is some of the finest I've seen in a war film ever, and it's some of the finest use of the tracking shot technique in existence as well, definitely worthy of the Academy Award it was victorious of.
The Longest Day is heroic but it always feels real since it touches on the intense and damaging effect of the battle in the same manner that Saving Private Ryan did decades later while covering the more human side of the soldiers the same way that The Big Red One did. It's production design is impeccable and it feels really humane, touching on both sides of the war from each perspective and pointing to the middle man in the situation too. For a John Wayne film, it isn't right wing propaganda. It's a spectacular war epic with strong drama and entertaining action which makes it a powerful visual experience which hits the viewer pretty strongly. And with the directional efforts of Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, Gerd Oswald and Darryl F. Zanuck all collaborating, The Longest Day truly had an epic production to match its epic scale which makes it a powerful all around. It tells its story very well and it never comes up short, and with a well written script and a talented cast it proves great.
The standouts of its ensemble cast begins with John Wayne, because despite being more familiar for his patriotic western efforts he breaks into the cast of The Longest Day without skipping a heartbeat and delivers a commanding patriotic charisma which makes him perfectly dominant for the lead part.
Henry Fonda also makes a great splash in his brief role on screen by putting in fine line delivery and facial gestures with a real spirit in them.
Robert Mitchum also manages to dominate the screen when on it in a likeable manner since he conveys the role of a military hero worth following as a leader without glamourising the role. He gets it just right.
Sean Connery of course is a real genial presence because his natural Scottish Charm makes him an exceptional action hero like it did when he played James Bond.
Richard Burton was good too and Eddie Albert really nailed the dramatic heft of his character.
Roddy McDowall was also good early on in his career.

So The Longest Day is surely a war classic, an action classic and a cinematic classic in general.
December 27, 2013
Sprawling. This film wonderfully plays it from both sides. Its length makes the viewer feel like they're in the thick of it; that they're living that longest day.
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