The Longest Day (1962)
Front Cover Actor
Richard Burton Downed R.A.F. Pilot
Mel Ferrer Maj. Gen. Robert Haines
Henry Fonda Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt
Jeffrey Hunter Sgt. Fuller
Robert Mitchum Brig. Gen. Norman Cota
Robert Ryan Brig. Gen. James M. Gavin
Rod Steiger Destroyer Commander
Richard Todd Maj. John Howard
Robert Wagner U.S. Ranger
John Wayne Lt. Col. Benjamin Vandervoort
Movie Details
Genre Action; War
Director Ken Annakin; Andrew Marton
Studio 20th Century Fox
Language English
Running Time 179 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
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 seen only during the first network telecast of the film in 1972). The stars are listed alphabetically, with the exception of John Wayne, who as Lt. Colonel Vandervoort gets separate billing. Others in the huge cast include Eddie Albert, Jean-Louis Barrault, Richard Burton, Red Buttons, Sean Connery, Henry Fonda, Gert Frobe, Curt Jurgens, Peter Lawford, Robert Mitchum, Kenneth More, Edmond O'Brien, Robert Ryan, Jean Servais, Rod Steiger and Robert Wagner. Paul Anka, who wrote the film's title song, shows up as an Army private. Scenes include the Allies parachuting into Ste. Mere Englise, where the paratroopers were mowed down by German bullets; a real-life sequence wherein the German and Allied troops unwittingly march side by side in the dark of night; and a spectacular three-minute overhead shot of the troops fighting and dying in the streets of Quistreham. The last major black-and-white road-show attraction, The Longest Day made millions, enough to recoup some of the cost of 20th Century Fox's concurrently produced Cleopatra. — Hal Erickson
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 227
Collection Status In Collection
Links All Movie Guide
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1