• The Longest Day (1962)

The Longest Day

Release Date: October 4th, 1962

DVD Release Date: November 7th, 2000

G |3 hr 0 min

Plot Summary

In 1944, the U.S. Army and Allied forces plan a huge invasion landing in Normandy, France. Despite bad weather, General Eisenhower gives the okay and the Allies land at Normandy. General Norma Cota (Robert Mitchum) 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.

Cast: John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Henry Fonda, Rod Steiger, Robert Ryan, Peter Lawford, Richard Burton, Richard Beymer

Director: Ken Annakin , Andrew Marton , Bernhard Wicki

Genres: Historical drama , War

Production Co: Twentieth Century Fox

Keywords: 1940s, Sacrifice, Rousing, Rivalry, England, France, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 78
    Marjorie BaumgartenAustin Chronicle

    Just look at the cast and try to resist the testosterone pull of this movie. show more

  • 60

    At three hours it does seem bloody long at times, but is still a suitably epic tribute. show more

  • 60
    Time Out

    High on noise, spectacle and heroism as the Allies invade Normandy, generally strong on performances and humour, but still over-long and laden with the usual national stereotypes. show more

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