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The Longest Day [Blu-ray]

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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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

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Canada's Participation Almost Completely Ignored July 23 2003
Yes, this is one of the finest war movies ever made. However, I have to shake my head at those who talk of the film's accuracy when the Canadian participation is almost completely ignored. Virtually no mention is made of Juno beach. The film certainly doesn't mention that Juno was the second bloodiest Normandy beach, behind only Omaha. In spite of that, the Canadians succeeded at their objectives better than any of the other participants in the landings. Stephen Ambrose dedicates a chapter of his book _D-Day_ to the Canadians. Surely this film could have at least _mentioned_ them.
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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The first time I saw "The Longest Day" in a movie theater they got a couple of the reels mixed up. The only way I knew this was that every time a major figure shows up in the film we are told their name, rank and unit. This mistake did not hurt the film all that much because this sprawling story of the D-Day invasion sixty years ago today was so huge and complex that it had four directors: Ken Annakin (British scenes), Andrew Marton (American scenes) Bernhard Wicki (German scenes), and the uncredited Darryl F. Zanuck. Granted, the realism of the opening scenes of "Saving Private Ryan" make the storming of Omaha Beach in this 1962 film look like a walk on the beach in comparison, but "The Longest Day" remains along with "Battleground" one of the most realistic portrayals of what it was like for the infantry in World War II from what we will know have to call the old school Hollywood and which ended with "A Bridge Too Far" in 1977.
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Canadians Present? June 8 2008
By Cap
The Longest Day was a great epic film, but it's hard to believe that no Canadians of influence in Hollywood at the time could have leveraged a small part of the film to depict Canada's contribution on D-Day. Someone should take the film now and insert a Canadian segment using CGI or whatever they did a few years ago to creat those commercials with John Wayne or Bogart in them. Strictly for the Canadian market of course. Wouldn't want to offend American sensibilities.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "We'll start the war from here!" May 8 2004
Take your "Saving Private Ryans", your "Big Red Ones", your "Band of Brothers"', put them together; they'll never match the excitement and apparent authenticity of this 1962 gem. Unlike "Ryan", which followed a powerful subplot, "TLD" relies on the experiences of the average soldiers, the resistance fighters, and leaders (both Nazi and Allied) in a chronological retelling of the D-Day Invasion itself. Eisenhower is seen making the final decision to invade; Rommel leavinig Normandy because he knows the Allies would never land in the rain. In other words, this film tells the whole story, American, British Commonwealth, German, and French. Those who complain that this seems too broad a brush with which to paint would be surprised at how well Zanuck knit the various scenes together, in part because of the comeraderie built among the allied troops and their leaders.
It is true that "Ryan" showed a bloodier, and therefore probably more war-like, beach landing, but once again this is due to different motives: Speilberg's, to bring our emotion around the suffering of the main characters; Zanuck et al to show the events of the war in a human context, without being glib. And the black and white shots make it more family-friendly.
"Patriotic" films, especially from former decades, tend to portray the enemy as cartoonish or monstrous; TLD is not one of those films. The German characters are portrayed as human; their place in the film seems to illustrate the tragic mistakes their leaders have made in their plans, not to show us how "bad" Germans were. (This was not a film designed to explore the horrors of the Nazis' extracurricular activities; but it does not give a sense of avoiding them).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Been There March 4 2004
By A Customer
Having toured Normandy, St. Mere Eglise, Aromanches, Bayeux, Caen and several other sites, I have to say that this movie is about as accurate as you can get, especially the part about the bridge over the Orne River, the Pegasus Bridge. Also, the scene where PFC John Steele is hanging from the steeple of the church at St. Mere Eglise conforms to the real scene right to the "t."
You have to go to Normandy and see the Longe batteries, St. Mere Eglise, Pegasus Bridge etc..., then see the movie and you will walk away with nothing but appreciation for what was done by the "Greatest Generation." I wish I had been a part of it.
A movie of this type, coupled with actually seeing the real sites makes you proud to be an American.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The longest Day.
What can you say about one of the greatest events in modern history ,with the best of actors and realistically portrayed in vignettes yet giving a true picture of these dramatic... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lewispat
5.0 out of 5 stars Just an amazing masterpiece!
The work behind it, impossible now. It's accuracy, impossible now. Its cost, an entire country worth these days, if not two. Read more
Published 3 months ago by FG
5.0 out of 5 stars A Historic Movie
AN important and very historic true movie and who better to play the part than the true, proud and committed American himself the great John Wayne.
Published 4 months ago by Sandy Noel
5.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne and a bonus for everyone else thats in this one
How can you go wrong with the Duke. I am a huge fan and want the movies on DVD prices were right and the selection was great the more the better is the way I look at it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Allen Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best holly wood disnt leave anyone out
wow what amovie i really enjoy all the good guys all in one movie have to wait till can get some more
Published 7 months ago by echase
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, great stars
I love watching this movie at least once a year and when I didn't see it broadacast around June 6 for D-Day I decided to buy it so I would never have to miss it again. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ellen
4.0 out of 5 stars Normandy landings accurate
Very accurate portrayal of the events of that day! The bunkers and landscapes are real locations......good castings in the movie.
Published 9 months ago by Tom Chevalier
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I used to watch this movie with my father when I was a kid. Having the opportunity to have it now and watch it is amazing. Very good story about WWII. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Diego
5.0 out of 5 stars exceptional
So many stars in this movie made it fun to watch, it explained different sections of the American conflict for D-day, the only thing I wish was that it had more British and other... Read more
Published 11 months ago by terry
3.0 out of 5 stars Longest Day.
I enjoyed it. But it is another movie about how America won the war virtually unaided. The Allies had a token appearance, enough to say they were included. Read more
Published 12 months ago by harnden03
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