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The Longest Day
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The Longest Day

DVD - 2 discs
A fascinating look at the massive preparations, mistakes, and random events that determined the outcome of one of the biggest battles in history, told from the perspectives of both sides.

The Longest Day

What makes The Longest Day an essential WWII movie?

More modern accounts of the June 6, 1944 D-Day invasion of occupied France, 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.

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This special collector's commemorative edition has been issued in honor of the June 6, 1944 Allied invasion of France, which marked the beginning of the end of Nazi domination over Europe. The attack involved 3,000,000 men, 11,000 planes and 4,000 ships, comprising the largest armada the world has ever seen.

The Longest Day is a vivid, hour-by-hour recreation of this historic event. Featuring a stellar international cast, and told from the perspectives of both sides, it is a fascinating look at the massive preparations, mistakes, and random events that determined the outcome of one of the biggest battles in history. Winner of two 1962 OscarsĀ® (Special Effects and Cinematography), The Longest Day ranks as one of Hollywood's truly great war films.The Longest Day is Hollywood's definitive D-day movie.

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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  • 30 May 44: Allies begin loading their assault forces
  • 05 Jun 44: Bad weather postpones invasion for 24 hours
  • 06 Jun 44: D-Day invasion of Normandy begins
  • 24 Jul 44: US declares that the objectives have been met
  • 06 Aug 44: British declare objectives have finally been met

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