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The Longest Day (DVD, 2001, Fox War Classics)

UPC 024543029977
REGISTERED: 08/19/17
UPDATED: 03/23/18
The Longest Day
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The Longest Day

  • The Longest Day available on February 16 2018 from Amazon for 14.98
  • UPC bar code 024543029977 ξ2 registered January 09 2014
  • UPC bar code 024543029977 ξ1 registered February 15 2015
  • Product category is Book
  • Manufacturered by 20th Century Fox

  • Product weight is 0.25 lbs.
This monumental account of the allied invasion of Normandy on D-Day (June 6, 1944) is a classic among WWII films. Spectacular battle scenes; intense acting by John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Sean Connery and Sir Richard Burton, among others; and gut-wrenching pathos capture the horrors and heroics of a defining historical event. 1962; black and white, 3 hours. 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

    ^ The Longest Day (DVD, 2001, Fox War Classics) (revised Mar 2015)
    ^ (2001). The Longest Day, 20th Century Fox. Amazon. (revised Feb 2018)

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Darryl Zanuck spent vast sums of money to re-create D-Day, and did a fairly formidable job of accurately depicting what John Wayne calls "the most crucial day of our times."Millions of people have seen this flick since 1962, so there probably isn't too much to add -- it makes excellent use of its vast array of stars, many of them still familiar today, to tie together the vast threads of the invasion into a reasonably coherent mass, tightly focusing on June ..
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   I have to admit being biased. The book's author, Cornelius Ryan came to our home when I was a kid to interview my father. My father was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne and landed in the village square of Ste. Mere Eglise on the night of the invasion. He ended up in a tree with a German machine gunner shooting at him from the church steeple. He managed to cut his parachute lines and drop to the ground and get away. He was one of four that survived fro..
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This movie is a good respite from today's world of extreme blood and guts in movies. The movie shows some of the activities, and tough decisions, especially by Ike, leading up to D-Day as well as the event itself. Often I watch this movie around June 6th as a reminder what a lot of brave men did for all of us. Combine this movie with Band of Brothers, Saving Private Ryan, The Pacific and Flags of Our Fathers (all more intense movies) and you have a real perspect..
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