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on May 28, 2004
How can anyone consider this to be an accurate interpretation of D-Day with barely a mention of the Canadian involvement. Juno beach was one of the more well defended beaches and the location a key to the success of D-Day. The Canadians fought against the best the Germans had in Normandy and never get the credit they deserved.
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on 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).
The French and German characters speak French and German, not English with French and German accents, and not bad French and German. In many cases German actors portray the Nazi leaders and soldiers at the beach.
And who can beat this film for it's star-studded glory? Henry Fonda, John Wayne, Sal Mineo, Eddie Albert, Paul Anka as a Ranger scaling Pointe du Hoc, Sean Connery, Richard Burton...Red Buttons has the unenviable job of playing paratrooper John Stele, 101st Airborne, who ended up with his chute caught on a church steeple, German gunfire all around him. (The church in Ste. Mere Eglise still has a "dummy" chutist hanging there to memorialize Steele, who died in 1969, as well as stained glass windows telling the chutists' story). In one of the neatest twists, British D-Day vet Richard Todd, a screenstar there, plays Maj. Richard Howard. One wonders where Brigadier General Jimmy Stewart was at casting time...maybe he was already too busy with "Cheyenne Autumn" or "How the West Was Won." Regardless, if you like American film from this era, you're sure to find one or two of your favorite male actors here.
The DVD is nice for its letterbox view, and the trailers are fun to watch. This year marks the 60th anniversary of D-Day. If you and your family are looking for media that teaches accurately the important events of that pivotal day, this one is highly recommended.
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on October 17, 2013
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. Classic movie making at its finest don't get them like this anymore
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on May 18, 2000
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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on January 30, 2014
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 few days following D day.
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on March 4, 2004
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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on May 24, 1999
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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on May 24, 1999
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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on November 24, 2013
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.
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on May 8, 2004
This is one of the only movies that acctually use the book. The movie follows the book perfectly. Every detail in the book is in the movie.
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