πŸŽ₯ The Longest Day – 1962

The Story …

Shot in a docudrama style (with captions identifying the different participants), the film opens in the days leading up to D-Day, depicting events on both sides of the English Channel.

There is disagreement within the German High Command as to where the Allies will land and how the Wehrmacht should respond, but the threat is not perceived to be imminent, given the stormy weather.

On June 5, 1944, not wanting to keep his forces waiting any longer, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of SHAEF, makes the decision to go ahead with plans to invade France through Normandy the following day after receiving a somewhat hopeful weather report …

In the early hours of June 6, Allied airborne troops are sent in to take key locations, and the French Resistance reacts to the news that the invasion has started.

British troops arrive in gliders to secure Pegasus Bridge, American paratroopers land scattered around Sainte-Mère-Église to defend a road that will be a vital artery for the invasion, and French Resistance and SOE agents conduct infiltration and sabotage work.

There is uncertainty among German commanders about whether these events are a feint to distract from Allied crossings at the Strait of Dover (see Operation Fortitude), where the senior German staff had always assumed the invasion would begin.

As day breaks, Allied forces land on several beaches in Normandy and attempt to push inland, having particular trouble at Omaha Beach.

Two lone Luftwaffe pilots strafe the beaches before flying away. The U.S. Provisional Ranger Group conducts an assault on the artillery at Pointe du Hoc, only to discover the guns are not functional.

Free French Forces destroy a German stronghold in Ouistreham. After blowing through a concrete barrier, the American troops on Omaha Beach are able to begin their advance and join the rest of the Allied troops on the march to retake France and, eventually, conquer Germany …

Credits :

  • Directed by British & French – Ken Annakin, American – Andrew Marton, German – Bernhard Wicki
  • Screenplay by Cornelius Ryan, Romain Gary, James Jones, David Pursall and Jack Seddon
  • Based on The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan
  • Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck
  • Cinematography : Jean Bourgoin and Walter Wottitz
  • Edited by Samuel E. Beetley
  • Music by Maurice Jarre
  • Production Company :Β  Darryl F. Zanuck Productions
  • Distributed by 20th Century Fox
  • Release Date :Β  September 25, 1962

Cast :

  • John Wayne as Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Vandervoort
  • Robert Mitchum as Brigadier General Norman Cota
  • Richard Burton as Flight Officer David Campbell
  • Sean Connery as Private Flanagan
  • Henry Fonda as Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
  • Rod Steiger as Destroyer Commander
  • Robert Wagner as U.S. Army Ranger
  • Eddie Albert as Colonel Thompson
  • Roddy McDowall as Private Morris
  • Richard Beymer as U.S. Army Ranger

These are just a few of the many actors who appeared in “The Longest Day,” portraying various roles representing the Allied forces involved in the D-Day invasion.

Film Information Source :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Longest_Day_(film)

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