The Longest Day

The retelling of June 6, 1944, from the perspectives of the Germans, US, British, Canadians, and the Free French. Marshall Erwin Rommel, touring the defenses being established as part of the Reich’s Atlantic Wall, notes to his officers that when the Allied invasion comes they must be stopped on the beach. “For the Allies as well as the Germans, it will be the longest day”
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Film Cast:

  • Col. Thompson: Eddie Albert
  • U.S. Army Ranger: Paul Anka
  • Madame Barrault: Arletty
  • Father Louis Roulland: Jean-Louis Barrault
  • Pvt. Dutch Schultz: Richard Beymer
  • Maj. Werner Pluskat: Hans Christian Blech
  • Le maire de Colleville: Bourvil
  • Flying Officer David Campbell: Richard Burton
  • Maj. Gen. Dr. Hans Speidel: Wolfgang Büttner
  • Pvt. John Steele: Red Buttons
  • Maid: Pauline Carton
  • Pvt. Flanagan: Sean Connery
  • Capt. Frank: Ray Danton
  • Janine Boitard: Irina Demick
  • U.S. Army Ranger major: Fred Dur
  • U.S. Army Ranger: Fabian
  • Maj. Gen. Robert Haines: Mel Ferrer
  • Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt jr.: Henry Fonda
  • Capt. Harding: Steve Forrest
  • Sgt. Kaffekanne: Gert Fröbe
  • Brig. Gen. Edwin P. Parker Jr.: Leo Genn
  • British Padre: John Gregson
  • Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt: Paul Hartmann
  • Young GI: Peter Helm
  • Field Marshal Erwin Rommel: Werner Hinz
  • RAF Pilot: Donald Houston
  • Sgt. (later Lt.) John H. Fuller: Jeffrey Hunter
  • Gen. Wolfgang Hager: Karl John
  • Maj. Gen. Gunther Blumentritt: Curd Jürgens
  • Maj. Gen. Walter Bedell Smith: Alexander Knox
  • Lord Lovat: Peter Lawford
  • Louis: Fernand Ledoux
  • Cmdr. Philippe Kieffer (commando leader): Christian Marquand
  • Sgt. Wilder: Dewey Martin
  • Pvt. Morris: Roddy McDowall
  • Pvt. Watney: Michael Medwin
  • Pvt. Martini: Sal Mineo
  • Brig. Gen. Norman Cota: Robert Mitchum
  • Capt. Colin Maud: Kenneth More
  • Gen. Erich Marcks: Richard Münch
  • Gen. Raymond D. Barton: Edmond O’Brien
  • RAF Officer Mac: Leslie Phillips
  • Maj. Gen. Max Pemsel: Wolfgang Preiss
  • Joe Williams: Ron Randell
  • Mother Superior: Madeleine Renaud
  • Sgt. Guy de Montlaur: Georges Rivière
  • Pvt. Clough: Norman Rossington
  • Brig. Gen. James M. Gavin: Robert Ryan
  • U.S. Army Ranger: Tommy Sands
  • U.S. Army Ranger: George Segal
  • RAdm. Janjard: Jean Servais
  • Destroyer Commander: Rod Steiger
  • Maj. John Howard: Richard Todd
  • Lt. Wilson: Tom Tryon
  • Lt. Col. Ocker: Peter van Eyck
  • U.S. Army Ranger: Robert Wagner
  • British Paratrooper: Richard Wattis
  • Lt. Sheen: Stuart Whitman
  • Alexandre Renaud: Georges Wilson
  • Col. Benjamin Vandervoort: John Wayne
  • Group Capt. J.N. Stagg (uncredited): Patrick Barr
  • Lt. Walsh (uncredited): Lyndon Brook
  • Col. Caffey (uncredited): John Crawford
  • Blumentritt’s Adjutant (uncredited): Armin Dahlen
  • Pvt. Harris (uncredited): Mark Damon
  • British Soldier (uncredited): Richard Dawson
  • German Soldier (uncredited): Eugene Deckers
  • French Commando (uncredited): Gil Delamare
  • Pvt. Coke (uncredited): Frank Finlay
  • British Paratrooper (uncredited): Harry Fowler
  • Pvt. Hutchinson (uncredited): Bernard Fox
  • Meyer’s Aide (uncredited): Robert Freitag
  • French Commando (uncredited): Bernard Fresson
  • Bit Part (uncredited): Lutz Gabor
  • German Guard on Traintreck (uncredited): Arnold Gelderman
  • British Soldier (uncredited): Harold Goodwin
  • German soldier (uncredited): Walter Gotell
  • Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower (uncredited): Henry Grace
  • Minor Role (uncredited): Clément Harari
  • Frau Maria Rommel (uncredited): Ruth Hausmeister
  • RAF Briefing Officer (uncredited): Jack Hedley
  • Manfred Rommel (uncredited): Michael Hinz
  • Adm. Creasey (uncredited): Walter Horsbrugh
  • Capt. Helmuth Lang (uncredited): Til Kiwe
  • British Soldier (uncredited): Harry Landis
  • Col. Gen. Alfred Jodl (uncredited): Wolfgang Lukschy
  • Camp Cook (uncredited): Victor Maddern
  • Glider Doctor (uncredited): Howard Marion-Crawford
  • Canadian Doctor (uncredited): Neil McCallum
  • RAdm. Alan G. Kirk (uncredited): John Meillon
  • Capt. Ernst During (uncredited): Kurt Meisel
  • Paratrooper (uncredited): Gérard Moisan
  • Cook (uncredited): Tony Mordente
  • Major in Ste. Mère-Eglise (uncredited): Bill Nagy
  • Lt. Fritz Theen (uncredited): Rainer Penkert
  • German Officer with Rupert (uncredited): Malte Petzel
  • Roosevelt’s Aide (uncredited): John Phillips
  • WRNS Officer (uncredited): Siân Phillips
  • Jean (uncredited): Maurice Poli
  • Sgt. Bernhard Bergsdorf (uncredited): Hartmut Reck
  • Gen. Sir Bernard L. Montgomery (uncredited): Trevor Reid
  • Col. Josef ‘Pips’ Priller (uncredited): Heinz Reincke
  • Col. Schiller (uncredited): Paul Edwin Roth
  • Luftwaffe Major (uncredited): Dietmar Schönherr
  • Gen. Hans von Salmuth (uncredited): Ernst Schröder
  • Deutscher Offizier (uncredited): Hans Söhnker
  • Lt. Col. Helmuth Meyer (uncredited): Heinz Spitzner
  • Lt. Gen. Omar N. Bradley (uncredited): Nicholas Stuart
  • Housekeeper (uncredited): Alice Tissot
  • French Commando (uncredited): Michel Tureau
  • Paratrooper (uncredited): Roland Urban
  • Pemsel’s adjutant (uncredited): Vicco von Bülow
  • US Army Medic (uncredited): Joe Warfield
  • French Spitfire Pilot (uncredited): Dominique Zardi

Film Crew:

  • Associate Producer: Elmo Williams
  • Original Music Composer: Maurice Jarre
  • Sound: Jacques Maumont
  • Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck
  • Director: Bernhard Wicki
  • Editor: Samuel E. Beetley
  • Casting: Maude Spector
  • Assistant Director: Tom Pevsner
  • Writer: David Pursall
  • Writer: Jack Seddon
  • Sound: Joseph de Bretagne
  • Art Direction: Léon Barsacq
  • Sound: William Robert Sivel
  • Art Direction: Ted Haworth
  • Director of Photography: Jean Bourgoin
  • Director of Photography: Walter Wottitz
  • Art Direction: Vincent Korda
  • Director: Ken Annakin
  • Novel: Cornelius Ryan
  • Writer: James Jones
  • Director: Andrew Marton
  • Additional Music: Paul Anka
  • Writer: Romain Gary
  • Assistant Director: Louis Pitzele
  • Music Arranger: Mitch Miller
  • Special Effects: Johnny Borgese
  • Set Designer: Gabriel Béchir
  • Assistant Director: Bernard Farrel
  • Special Effects: Jean Fouchet
  • Technical Advisor: Pierre Koenig
  • Technical Advisor: John Howard
  • Assistant Director: Gérard Renateau
  • Technical Advisor: Günther Blumentritt
  • Technical Advisor: James Gavin
  • Technical Advisor: Philippe Kieffer
  • Technical Advisor: Helmuth Lang
  • Technical Advisor: The Earl of Lovat
  • Technical Advisor: Frederick Morgan
  • Technical Advisor: Max Pemsel
  • Technical Advisor: Werner Pluskat
  • Technical Advisor: Josef Priller
  • Technical Advisor: Lucie Maria Rommel
  • Technical Advisor: Friedrich Ruge
  • Technical Advisor: Jean Barral
  • Technical Advisor: Roger Bligh
  • Technical Advisor: Willard L. Bushy
  • Technical Advisor: Hubert Deschard
  • Technical Advisor: A. J. Hillebrand
  • Technical Advisor: James R. Johnson
  • Technical Advisor: Fernand Prevost
  • Technical Advisor: E. C. Peake
  • Technical Advisor: Albert Saby
  • Technical Advisor: Joseph B. Seay

Movie Reviews:

  • John Chard: For the Allies as well as the Germans, it will be the longest day.

    The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view.

    The retelling of June 6, 1944, from the perspectives of the Germans, US, British, Canadians, and the Free French gets an all star production. One of the great war movie epics, it has all the requisite blunderbuss spectacle and heroism as the Allies invade Normandy. It’s not hard to see why it was such a box office winner, sure it’s a touch too long given that a lot of characters don’t really have much to do, but performances are strong and the slices of humour off set some of the national stereotypes on show.

    One has to marvel at the ambition of the production, Fox Studios boss Darryl F. Zanuck spent $10 million to get it onto the big screen, and it shows. Narrative is split into three parts, the preparation, the operations on land and sea in readiness for the Normandy assault, and then the landings in all their powerful glory. For sure we have seen more authentic war movies post The Longest Day, but it undeniably deserves its place as a template movie whose power to entertain in any era forever holds firm. 8/10

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