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Product Overview

An epic recreation of the allied invasion of normandy.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40160279
UPC 024543029977
UPC 14 00024543029977
Format DVD
Release Date 1/8/2013
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Name Wayne,John
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Name Ken Annakin
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Name Andrew Marton
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Name Bernhard Wicki
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Cast & Crew
Eddie Albert - Actor
Gert Frobe - Actor
Henry Fonda - Actor
Leo Genn - Actor
Mel Ferrer - Actor
Paul Anka - Actor
Peter Lawford - Actor
Red Buttons - Actor
Richard Burton - Actor
Robert Mitchum - Actor
Robert Ryan - Actor
Robert Wagner - Actor
Rod Steiger - Actor
Jeffrey Hunter - Actor
John Wayne - Actor
Sal Mineo - Actor
Sean Connery - Actor
Ken Annakin, et al. - Director
Jean Bourgoin, et al. - Director of Photography
Samuel E. Beetley - Editor
Paul Anka, et al. - Musical Score
Elmo Williams, et al. - Producer
Romain Gary, et al. - Screenplay
Oscar (1963) Jean Bourgoin, Walter Wottitz, Winner, Best Cinematography,Robert MacDonald, Jacques Maumont, Winner, Best Effects, Special Effects,Gabriel Bechir, et al., Nominee, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration,Samuel E. Beetley, Nominee, Best Film Editing,Darryl F. Zanuck, Nominee, Best Picture,Jean Bourgoin, Walter Wottitz, Winner, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White,Ted Haworth, et. al., Nominee, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White
Golden Globe (1963) Jean Bourgoin, et al., Winner, Best Cinematography,Jean Bourgoin, et. al., Winner, Best Cinematography- Black and White,The Longest Day, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Drama
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Review One of the last great epic WW2 films. Brilliant retelling of the Allied invasion of Normandy, complete with all-star international cast, re-creation of historical events on a grand scale; Oscar-winning special effects and cinematography.
Reviewer Leonard Maltin
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
Review The complete story of the D-Day landings at Normandy on June 6, 1944, as seen through the eyes of American, French, British and German participants. Exhaustively accurate details and extremely talented cast make this one of the all-time great Hollywood epic productions. The first of the big budget, all-star war productions
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Variety
Review Darryl F. Zanuck achieves a solid and stunning war epic. From personal vignettes to big battles, it details the first day of the D-Day Landings by the Allies on 6 June 1944...The savage fury and sound of war are ably caught on film. It emerges as a sort of grand scale semi-fictionalized documentary concerning the overall logistics needed for this incredible invasion. It carries its three hour length by the sheer tingle of the masses of manpower in action, peppered with little ironic, sad, silly actions that all add up to war...The use of over 43 actual star names in bit and pivotal spots helps keep up the aura of fictionalized documentary. But it is the action, time and place, and the actual machinery of war, that are the things...The battles [coordinated by associate producer Elmo Williams] ably take their places among some of the best ever put on the screen. A German strafing the beach, Yanks scaling a treacherous cliff only to find that there was no big gun there, British commandos taking a bridge, Yanks blowing up a big bunker, the French taking a town, all are done with massive pungent action. The black and white and CinemaScope screen help keep the focus on surge and movement.
ReviewRating 9
Review "The Longest Day" was a mammoth project dramatizing D-day, the Allied invasion of France. It was nearly three hours in length and with an enormous ensemble cast, all playing supporting roles. The production was very conscientious about realism: the actors were always of the same nationality as their characters, and spoke in their native languages, leading to a lot of subtitles translating French and German dialogue. The American role in the invasion is not exaggerated, and the German soldiers and officers are not portrayed as brutal stereotypes...The truth is, a great invasion makes for great drama, and with the attention to detail and production values of "The Longest Day", the film couldn't miss. Complaints that I have about the film are minor: strafing planes don't bother to make a second pass, it is implied that the Germans lost the war because unstable Hitler wouldn't release the Panzer tanks, and attempts at comic relief generally fall flat...The cast is so enormous that it is difficult to remember who is what. But it is fun playing "name the actor": heavyweights John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Richard Burton, Sean Connery, Rod Steiger and Henry Fonda are easily spotted, as are middleweights such as Eddie Albert, Red Buttons, Roddy McDowell, Peter Lawford, George Segal and Jeffrey Hunter.
Reviewer Brian Koller
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Black & White, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Wayne,John
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Variety A solid and stunning war epic...
David Cornelius, Hollywood Bitchslap It is, and will most likely always remain, the definitve D-Day picture.
Empire ...legendary producer Darryl F. Zanuck's heartfelt recreation of the D-Day landings is, in its own way, every bit as memorable [as Saving Private Ryan].
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide One of the last great epic WW2 films. Brilliant retelling...complete with all-star international cast...
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever Exhaustively accurate details and extremely talented cast make this one of the all-time great Hollywood epic productions.
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