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  • Actors: John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Richard Burton, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum
  • Directors: Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, Darryl F. Zanuck, Gerd Oswald, Ken Annakin
  • Writers: Cornelius Ryan, David Pursall, Jack Seddon
  • Format: PAL, Black & White
  • Language: English, French, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 31 May 2004
  • Run Time: 171 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00020JQBM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,698 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An all-star international cast re-tells the events of the Allied Landings in Normandy in 1944. Events are seen from various points of view, including the Germans', in an epic and spectacular style. Along with the 43 international stars, the film used 23,000 Allied troops and despite costing over $10 million to make, it has now become one of the most successful films of its genre. John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and Henry Fonda head the cast.

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The Longest Day is Hollywood's definitive D-day movie. More modern accounts such as Saving Private Ryan are more vividly realistic, but producer Darryl F Zanuck's epic 1962 account is the only one to attempt the daunting task of covering that fateful day from all perspectives. From the German high command and front-line officers to the French Resistance and all the key Allied participants, the screenplay by Cornelius Ryan, based on his own authoritative book, is as factually accurate as possible. The endless parade of stars (John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Sean Connery, and Richard Burton, to name a few) makes for an uneasy mix of verisimilitude and Hollywood star-power, however, and the film falls a little flat for too much of its three-hour running time. But the set-piece battles are still spectacular, and if the landings on Omaha Beach lack the graphic gore of Private Ryan they nonetheless show the sheer scale and audacity of the invasion. --Mark Walker

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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106 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 6 Jun. 2004
Format: DVD
The first time I saw "The Longest Day" in a movie theater they got a couple of the reels mixed up. The only way I knew this was that every time a major figure shows up in the film we are told their name, rank and unit. This mistake did not hurt the film all that much because this sprawling story of the D-Day invasion sixty years ago today was so huge and complex that it had four directors: Ken Annakin (British scenes), Andrew Marton (American scenes) Bernhard Wicki (German scenes), and the uncredited Darryl F. Zanuck. Granted, the realism of the opening scenes of "Saving Private Ryan" make the storming of Omaha Beach in this 1962 film look like a walk on the beach in comparison, but "The Longest Day" remains along with "Battleground" one of the most realistic portrayals of what it was like for the infantry in World War II from what we will know have to call the old school Hollywood and which ended with "A Bridge Too Far" in 1977.
Based on Cornelius Ryan's celebrated book of the same title, "The Longest Day" is almost three hours long and has one of the largest all star casts every assembled (42 international stars according to the poster), albeit with big names like John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchem, Richard Burton, and Rod Steiger playing supporting roles because, to tell the truth, there is nothing else to play in this film. If you are telling the story of D-Day, no single figure is going to emerge as the star, which is the point (Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, played by an uncredited Henry Grace, has one scene). Sean Connery was about to become famous as James Bond in "Dr.
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Mikey263 on 12 Mar. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is without doubt, one of the most accurate and exciting depictions of the Normandy landings ever made. For once it's nice to see that it wasn't just the Americans that won the war !! This film follows the fortunes of several different units landing at Normandy, and then heading in-land in order to overrun enemy positions. It shows the carnage on the beaches, the mass parachute landings, and even shows other important units progress too, such as the French Resistance and the Germans responses to it all. A brilliant film with more famous faces than you'd even see at the Oscars !! The biggest names being John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, and Henry Fonda.
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Jun. 2001
Format: DVD
How can you possibly tell the story of D-Day in a single film? I don't mean just showing a squad of American soldiers looking for a lost buddy. You have to show the build up(which lasts an hour). Then you have to show all the major battles or as many as you can. The five main beaches and any subsidiary battles:- Pegasus Bridge, Point Du Hoc, Oiustreham, etc. Shame about the British paratrooper attack on the Merville Battery but practically everything else is here.
The action scenes are quite stunning - with thousands of extras, but Ryan is the benchmark now. Ouistreham and the luftwaffe attack still look spectacular but some of the "theatrical deaths" are laughable. Colonel Thompson (Mitchem's mate) looks like he is attempting a back flip when given the chop. No exploding heads or blown off limbs here.
Lest we be overly worried about the violence we have various cringe-making scenes such as padre looking for his case, lost doctor and the unfortunate Sean Connery who I don't think annoys as much as he does in this film. Not his fault poor chap and a terrible waste of talent.
Time constraints mean that characterisation is virtually impossible although the actor playing Group Captain Stagg superbly portrays the amount of pressure he must have been under in limited screen time,given it was hisdecision which ultimately influences Eisenhower. Also watch out for a cameo from Gert Frobe(Goldfinger)taking rations to the beach gunners. Other stars come and go on a conveyor belt, although Robert Mitchum gets the lion's share.
Despite showing some of its forty years it still remains a great document on D-Day. The D.V.D. is the original black and white although there is now a stunning colourised version as well. Picture is 2.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By AnOldGoat on 5 Jun. 2003
Format: DVD
By taking time to view events from both sides, and particularly having dialogue in English, German and French, this is a wonderful, none-heroic film.
Compared to say 'Full Metal Jacket' where the action lives with a few faces and the raw, inhuman reality of war, 'Longest Day' gives you the vista of rain-soaked military camps, fleets of many ships, countless troops assaulting a beach, alongside the frantic efforts of the German command to react to the day.
Many small scenes make this a very human film.
The German commander complaining about his storm-damaged roses;
a German officer scanning the channel from his bunker - 'Good God - the invasion - its coming!' - with a look of utter horror on his face, and countless ship-shaped specks on the sea behind him; the french nuns marching through the middle of a war-torn street; the American soldier complaining that he's not fired a shot the whole day - 'every time I get somewhere, everyone's gone!'.
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