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 [show more]
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An all-star international cast re-tells the events of the Allied Landings in Normandy in 1944. Events are seen from various points of view, including the Germans', in an epic and spectacular style. Along with the 43 international stars, the film used 23,000 Allied troops and despite costing over $10 million to make, it has now become one of the most successful films of its genre. John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and Henry Fonda head the cast.
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play. John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and Henry Fonda star in this classic war drama centered around the Normandy Landings of 1944. Filmed as a docudrama, the story is told from the points of view of several high-ranking officials and follows the development and events of Tuesday 6th June 1944, the day which will be forever known as D-Day. Actors: John Wayne, Rod Steiger, Robert Ryan, Robert Mitchum, Henry Fonda Directors: Ken Annakin, Andrew Martin, Bernhard Wicki Producers: Darryl Zanuck, Elmo Williams Format: PAL Language: English Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.) Number of discs: 1