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THE LONGEST DAY, 1962
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  MOVIE POSTERTHE LONGEST DAY, 1962
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Director: Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki and Gerd Oswald

Stars: John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Richard Burton, Sean Connery and Henry Fonda

Review by Russell Hill

SYNOPSIS:

Allied forces prepare to invade France on D-Day.

REVIEW:

Being a big fan of war films and many of the stars which are in this epic film, I was surprised that I hadn't heard of it until a couple of years ago. From the first frame to the very last, it is very difficult not to love this movie, especially as the greats of Hollywood and British cinema appear throughout.

The Longest Day is based on Cornelius Ryan's book of the same name about Allied forces preparing for D-Day. It is a well-known fact that German forces did expect an invasion but not where it actually happened. From the planning stages to actually landing in France, The Longest Day follows British and American troops coming together to fight against the Nazi's.

The Longest Day was a huge project and involved many leading stars. John Wayne is one of the most famous names on the bill and is, as ever, impressive. An iconic leader, the Duke is joined on-screen by other A-List stars of Hollywood such as Robert Mitchum, Henry Fonda, Robert Wagner and singer Paul Anka.

What about the action sequences? Outstanding. As this film is fifty years old, you would expect that the sequences of Allied forces beating the Nazi's haven't aged well but the opposite happens. Sean Connery, who starred in the first Bond film in the same year, appears as does fellow Brits Richard Burton, John Gregson, Richard Todd and Kenneth More the latter of which was actually involved in D-Day.

You might assume that it would be difficult to bring all of these talents together, as well as their egos, and shoot a movie which would serve D-Day well. Remember, The Longest Day was shot less than twenty years after it actually took place. Well, the answer is that all of the directors which were involved in the film certainly did a very good job. Although excessive amounts of blood or a soldier's head being blown off couldn't be shown, the action engrosses the audience and must have been amazing to see on the silver screen when it was released.

With more A-Listers than you could possibly imagine, The Longest Day is one of the most expensive black and white films ever made. However, it is worth every penny.

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