THE LONGEST DAY (Theatrical Release USA 1962)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Starsìììì

The Longest Day
has an interesting phenomenon in that the German actors seem quite superior to the American actors. John Wayne seems an awkward casting choice and out of character until the scene where he breaks his ankle. Then, the typical John Wayne onscreen persona becomes quite visible. An unusual choice for casting is Eddie Alpert from the Green Acres television series. Both Henry Fonda and Robert Mitchum integrate well into their characters. The script seems unnecessarily complicated, but understandable. The movie earns its watch and overall is a solid piece of entertainment for the war movie fan. Watch for a cameo appearance of Sean Connery.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


WW II’s D-Day story.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Directors Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Gerd Oswald, Bernhard Wicki, and Darryl F. Zanuk for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Darryl F. Zanuck for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Colonel Thompson (Eddie Albert), U.S. Army Ranger (Paul Anka), Madame Barrault (Arletty), Father Louis Roulland (Jean-Louis Barrault), Private Dutch Schultz (Richard Beymer), Major Werner Pluskat (Hans Christian Blech), Mayor of Colleville (Bourvil), and Flying Officer David Campbell (Richard Burton).

Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The movie is well-done and worth one watch.

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