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The Longest Day [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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A complete view of D-Day, showing participation by all forces, is long overdue. This film comes close, but it is still short of the mark.
Based on Cornelius Ryan's celebrated book of the same title, "The Longest Day" is almost three hours long and has one of the largest all star casts every assembled (42 international stars according to the poster), albeit with big names like John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchem, Richard Burton, and Rod Steiger playing supporting roles because, to tell the truth, there is nothing else to play in this film. If you are telling the story of D-Day, no single figure is going to emerge as the star, which is the point (Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, played by an uncredited Henry Grace, has one scene). Sean Connery was about to become famous as James Bond in "Dr.Read more ›
Darryl F. Zanuck's The Longest Day, based on the book by Cornelius Ryan (who wrote the screenplay), takes its title from a quote by German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (Werner Hinz), "Believe me, gentlemen, the first 24 hours of the invasion will be decisive. For the Allies as well as the Germans, it will be the longest day...". It has a huge cast, including 48 major stars from four different countries, and until Steven Spielberg's 1993 Schindler's List, it was the most expensive black and white movie ever made at a cost of $8,000,000 (in 1962 dollars). Additionally, 23,000 soldiers from three NATO countries were used as extras for the huge battle scenes.
The Longest Day covers the events of June 5-6, 1944 as the Germans and Allies prepare for the long awaited invasion of France. We see the Germans desperately fortifying the northern coast of France with mines, obstacles, pillboxes, and lots of barbed wire to prevent any Allied soldiers from setting foot on the beaches. They also intercept the coded messages from Britain to the French underground that will alert the Resistance that the invasion is 24 hours away.Read more ›
In correctly praising The Longest Day, you saw fit to critize Spielbergs Pvt.Ryan. I find the claim that Ryan lacked substance almost laughable,and that TLD was loaded with substance not very accurate.
First, we really shouldnt compare these two films as they are very different, not only in the technology but in their messages and goals. Yes some of both seep over to the other, but not for a fair comparison.
TLD was not as much a movie of deep substance as it was a grand reinactment of a very historical battle. Zanuck decided to tell the whole story of D-Day in much the same manner as Cornileus Ryan had written the history. This he did brilliantly, and the film to this day is a marvel to watch and a great national history lesson.
SPR on the other hand was about the very personnal sacrifice, and answer to the call made by the young men who hit those beaches and jumped into that night sky. Yes, Spielberg had great EFX, and used them well in the harrowing opening of the film, as well as all the other battle scenes. But the fact that there was rarely a dry eye in the theatre at the end, tells me his emotional goals were met, and we got a little better understanding of the sacrifice.
Brilliant....this word applies to both of these great achievments in film making and in departing history to those of us not old enough to remember.
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