The Longest Day

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In 1944, the U.S. Army and Allied forces plan a huge invasion landing in Normandy, France. Despite bad weather, General Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the okay and the Allies land at Normandy. General Norma Cota travels with his men onto Omaha Beach. With much effort, and lost life, they get off the beach, traveling deep into French territory. The German military, due to arrogance, ignorance and a sleeping Adolf Hitler, delay their response to the Allied landing, with crippling results.

Director: Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Gerd Oswald, Bernhard Wicki, Darryl F. Zanuck
Writer: Cornelius Ryan (screenplay), Cornelius Ryan (book), Romain Gary (additional episodes written by), James Jones (additional episodes written by), David Pursall (additional episodes written by), Jack Seddon (additional episodes written by)
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Year: 1962
MetaScore: 75/100
ImdbRating: 7.8
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 04 Oct 1962
Awards: Won 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations.


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Col. Thompson - Eddie Albert
U.S. Army Ranger - Paul Anka
Madame Barrault - Arletty
Father Louis Roulland - Jean-Louis Barrault
Pvt. Dutch Schultz - Richard Beymer
Maj. Werner Pluskat - Hans Christian Blech
Mayor of Colleville - Bourvil
Flying Officer David Campbell - Richard Burton
Maj. Gen. Dr. Hans Speidel - Wolfgang Büttner
Pvt. John Steele - Red Buttons
Pvt. Flanagan - Sean Connery
Capt. Frank - Ray Danton
Janine Boitard - Irina Demick
U.S. Army Ranger Major - Fred Dur
U.S. Army Ranger - Fabian
Maj. Gen. Robert Haines - Mel Ferrer
Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. - Henry Fonda
Capt. Harding - Steve Forrest
Sgt. Kaffekanne - Gert Fröbe
Brig. Gen. Edwin P. Parker Jr. - Leo Genn
British Padre - John Gregson
Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt - Paul Hartmann
Young GI - Peter Helm
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel - Werner Hinz
RAF Pilot - Donald Houston
Sgt. (later Lt.) John H. Fuller - Jeffrey Hunter
Gen. Wolfgang Hager - Karl John
Maj. Gen. Gunther Blumentritt - Curd Jürgens
Maj. Gen. Walter Bedell Smith - Alexander Knox
Lord Lovat - Peter Lawford
Cmdr. Philippe Kieffer - Commando Leader - Christian Marquand
Sgt. Wilder (scenes deleted) - Dewey Martin
Pvt. Morris - Roddy McDowall
Pvt. Watney - Michael Medwin
Pvt. Martini - Sal Mineo
Brig. Gen. Norman Cota - Robert Mitchum
Capt. Colin Maud - Kenneth More
Gen. Erich Marcks - Richard Münch
Gen. Raymond D. Barton - Edmond O'Brien
RAF Officer Mac - Leslie Phillips
Maj. Gen. Max Pemsel - Wolfgang Preiss
Joe Williams - Ron Randell
Mother Superior - Madeleine Renaud
Sgt. Guy de Montlaur (as Georges Riviere) - Georges Rivière
Pvt. Clough - Norman Rossington
Brig. Gen. James M. Gavin - Robert Ryan
U.S. Army Ranger - Tommy Sands
U.S. Army Ranger - George Segal
RAdm. Janjard - Jean Servais
Destroyer Commander - Rod Steiger
Maj. John Howard - Richard Todd
Lt. Wilson - Tom Tryon
Lt. Col. Ocker - Peter van Eyck
U.S. Army Ranger - Robert Wagner
British Paratrooper - Richard Wattis
Lt. Sheen - Stuart Whitman
Alexandre Renaud - Georges Wilson
Lt. Col. Benjamin Vandervoort - John Wayne
Undetermined Role (French Version) (scenes deleted) - Daniel Gélin
Undetermined Role (French Version) (scenes deleted) - Françoise Rosay
Group Capt. J.N. Stagg - Patrick Barr
Man at Resistance HQ - Yves Barsacq
Officer at Eisenhower Briefing - Geoffrey Bayldon
Minor Role - Michael Beint
U.S. Army Ranger - Charles Bondi
Lt. Walsh - Lyndon Brook
Bit Part - Lucien Camiret
French Resistance Fighter - Jean Champion
Paratrooper - Yvan Chiffre
Ronald Callen - Bryan Coleman
Officer On Bridge Behind Destroyer Commander - Gary Collins
Col. Caffey - John Crawford
French Navy Captain - Jo D'Avra
Blumentritt's Adjutant - Armin Dahlen
Pvt. Harris - Mark Damon
British Soldier - Richard Dawson
Bill Millin - Piper on Beach - Leslie de Laspee
German Soldier - Eugene Deckers
French Commando - Gil Delamare
Zanuck - Colin Drake
Minor Role - Michel Duchaussoy
Pvt. Coke - Frank Finlay
British Paratrooper - Harry Fowler
Pvt. Hutchinson - Bernard Fox
Meyer's Aide - Robert Freitag
French Commando - Bernard Fresson
Minor Role - Lutz Gabor
German Guard on Train Track - Arnold Gelderman
British Soldier - Harold Goodwin
German Soldier - Walter Gotell
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower - Henry Grace
Minor Role - Clément Harari
Frau Maria Rommel - Ruth Hausmeister
RAF Briefing Officer - Jack Hedley
Manfred Rommel - Michael Hinz
Adm. Creasey - Walter Horsbrugh
Paratrooper - Jean-Pierre Janic
British Soldier Talking to Maj. Howard - Patrick Jordan
Capt. Helmuth Lang - Til Kiwe
US Airman with Bandaged Eye - Mickey Knox
Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory - Simon Lack
British Soldier - Harry Landis
German Soldier - Rudy Lenoir
US Army Ranger Sparrow - Joseph Lowe
Col. Gen. Alfred Jodl - Wolfgang Lukschy
Camp Cook - Victor Maddern
Glider Doctor - Howard Marion-Crawford
Canadian Doctor - Neil McCallum
US Army Soldier Talking to Gen. Cota - Edward Meeks
RAdm. Alan G. Kirk - John Meillon
Capt. Ernst During - Kurt Meisel
Paratrooper - Gérard Moisan
Air Marshal Tedder - Louis Mounier
Undetermined Role - Al Mulock
Major in Ste. Mère-Eglise - Bill Nagy
German Commander - Kurt Pecher
Lt. Fritz Theen - Rainer Penkert
German Officer with Rupert - Malte Petzel
Roosevelt's Aide - John Phillips
WRNS Officer - Siân Phillips
Sgt. Bernhard Bergsdorf - Hartmut Reck
Gen. Sir Bernard L. Montgomery - Trevor Reid
Col. Josef 'Pips' Priller - Heinz Reincke
Firefighter - Alexandre Renaud
Adm. Sir Bertram Ramsay - John Robinson
Col. Schiller - Paul Edwin Roth
Minor Role - Marcel Rouzé
Gen. Hans von Salmuth - Ernst Schröder
Luftwaffe Major - Dietmar Schönherr
Lt. Col. Helmuth Meyer - Heinz Spitzner
Lt. Gen. Omar N. Bradley - Nicholas Stuart
German Officer - Hans Söhnker
Housekeeper - Alice Tissot
German Officer - Serge Tolstoy
French Commando - Michel Tureau
Paratrooper - Roland Urban
First Landed Paratrooper in a Garden - Lionel Vitrant
Pemsel's Adjutant - Vicco von Bülow
US Army Medic - Joe Warfield
French Spitfire Pilot - Dominique Zardi