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There were also a couple of Brits....
on 6 January 2018
I returned to "The Longest Day" after many, many years following a brief revival of interest in WW2 Airborne Operations as I had memories of that ex-Para Richard Todd cast as Major John Howard at Pegasus Bridge. I had completely forgotten how very USA-centric the film was - I guess if you pay the bill, you get to write the script? But this is almost on the scale of "Operation Burma" or "U-571" - with the exception of a glorious airborne tracking shot over "Sword Beach" and about 10 minutes covering Pegasus Bridge, the 80,000+ British and Commonwealth troops get barely a mention. Even the 209 Free (sic) French Paratroops and Commandos get more screen time. The other equally annoying aspect is the significant percentage of the film devoted to pointless cameos to massage the egos of the many "star names". Curious how this would be repeated in the film version of Ryan's other celebrated book "A Bridge Too Far" (and not just James Caan!!!!). "The Longest Day" is very much of its time and it's just Hollywood make-believe NOT a documentary (unless you're American).