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5.0 out of 5 stars The story of the D-Day invasion of Europe, June 6, 1944
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...
Published on June 6 2004 by Lawrance M. Bernabo

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3.0 out of 5 stars Canada's Participation Almost Completely Ignored
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...
Published on July 23 2003 by Allan W. Goodall


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5.0 out of 5 stars The best ever, May 18 2000
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This review is from: Longest Day, the (VHS Tape)
I've seen this movie so many times I lost count, but it still captivates me. You can smell the fear, the tension, relief, all the emotions are there. It's the best movie of it's kind, no movie ever surpassed it and never will.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Depiction of How a Battle Is Really Planned and Fought, March 25 2000
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Erik Svane (Paris, France) - See all my reviews
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Based on Stephen Ambrose's "D-Day" masterpiece,Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" - especially thefirst 25 minutes - will give you a better idea of what combat is really like... but "The Longest Day", based on another masterpiece (the book of the same name by Cornelius Ryan), illustrates better than any Hollywood picture how war is an organizational effort, won - or lost - not by a handful of superheroes but by a combination of armies, units, and individuals, along with healthy doses of planning, determination, and luck.
P.S. A note to the person complaining that none of the main Allied characters getting killed in the movie: Since the film recreates the real-life experiences of soldiers on June 6, 1944 - as told in hundreds of interviews after the war to journalist-author Cornelius Ryan - it stands to reason that every single one of the interviewees obviously - obviously! - survived Operation Overlord (and, indeed, the war). And if one observes closely, none of the characters played by the major German actors is actually killed either, and that for the same obvious reason.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Saving Private Ryan - but it wasn't supposed to be, Aug. 9 1999
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This review is from: Longest Day, the (VHS Tape)
This is not Saving Private Ryan. And those who compare it to that movie are comparing apples to oranges. This movie tells the story of the Normandy invasion - not the human side of war - and was made 35 years before SPR. It was purposely filmed in b&w to give the movie a documentary style. TLD is truly a classic and accurately portrays the great scale, importance, and desperation of the entire invasion from both sides. If you want to better understand D-Day or SPR then you should see this movie. If you just want to see people get blown away then see an Arnie flik.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lotsa stars do not rate five!!!, July 21 1999
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World War II as a football game (C'mon boys, let's go!). Sure, it's loaded with big names, but most of them just make hammy cameos, if not truly abhorrent performances (John Wayne, Sean Connery, Richard Beymer and the guy who keeps hearing "Hold until relieved!"). The French act better, but they get to wear those silly berets. No one dies bloody and many deliver long corny speeches that after a while you start rooting for the Germans! Made in 1963, it's "look-son-look-what- daddy-did-in- the-war!" kind of movie that, personally, I don't buy. Neither should you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A D-Day compendium,using true vignettes rather than fiction., June 23 1999
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I first saw TLD in Paris, when it was released in Europe in 1963. Although the movie was made less than 20 years after the events it depicted took place, for many people in the audience this was the first visual depiction of this specific day. Until then, an oral history of the "debarquement" was what most French men and women had been exposed to, and, like most other members of the audience, I will never forget the German bunker scene when the early morning fog finally lifts to reveal the allied invasion force. It seemed like the entire movie theater had held its collective breath only to release it when the naval guns came alive. The power of the movie, for me, resided in its myriad of small, true vignettes which eventually help paint the larger picture and its ability to seamlessly switch between sides and ranks; from the agonizing hours before the final green light was given, betting the invasion on the accuracy of the weather forecast to the doomed and useless strafing sortie of the two German fighter planes. In conclusion, by today's standards, the acting might have been sometimes crude, the special effects not realistic enough, but the tone was never jingoistic or overly simplistic. The movie managed to convey quite effectively the message that D-Day's ultimate success was due to a combination of blind luck, careful planning, tangled execution and countless individual acts of valor and selflessness. That afternoon, in a dark Champs Elysees movie theater, all of it came to life; and for that I am grateful to Mr. Zanuck and company...
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best to date., June 3 1999
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This movie has it all, the stars, action and tells the story of one of the most important days in our history. A must for any fan of war movies. The wide screen is just a favorite of mine. Not as graphic as Saving Private Ryan but is a real deep story. Although no movie or book can do justice to the job done by our fearless troops on June 6, 1944. Our vets of that era are getting on in years and our thanks can never be enough compared to the price they paid. When these men were young they saved the world. The Longest Day takes you there, in the trenches.
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3.0 out of 5 stars longest day, May 24 1999
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writing this again as i forgot 2 put name of movie....well not 2 happy with this movie as u only seen paul about 2-3 x and for about 4 seconds, he should have had a bigger part in the movie
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3.0 out of 5 stars movie ok, May 24 1999
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i was not 2 happy with is movie because u only seen paul about 2 or 3 times, and only for about 4 seconds, he should have had a bigger part and be shown more
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1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE Widescreen Television Owners, March 24 2004
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Yarby "yarby" (Medina, OH United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Longest Day (DVD)
Widescreen television owners normally can purchase a non-anamorphic widescreen movie, and assume, though the picture will be softened, that they can watch it using the zoom picture on their television.
BE FORWARNED.....IF YOU HAVE A WIDESCREEN TELEVISION, AND NO VERTICAL IMAGE ADJUSTMENT TO THE ZOOM FEATURE, you will not be able to watch this movie on your set (except in normal mode).
The manufacturers, in their infinite wisdom, decided to place the subtitles in the black dead space BELOW THE PICTURE. On a widescreen television, they are truncated.
Fortunately for me, I can adjust the image upward on the screen, revealing the full subtitles. However, this is really not something I should HAVE to do.
An anamorphic release would have cured this....but even without one....just using some brains when producing this DVD would have helped!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great WW2 movie, Dec 25 2012
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Really recommend it!! Good story line if you can put up with the pro American tone of the movie. Enjoyable
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