The Longest Day (1962) was a Action - Drama Film directed by Ken Annakin and Andrew Marton and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and Elmo Williams.
Academy Awards 1962 --- Ceremony Number 35 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Art Direction||Art Direction: Ted Haworth, Leon Barsacq, Vincent Korda; Set Decoration: Gabriel Bechir||Nominated|
|Best Cinematography||Jean Bourgoin, Walter Wottitz, (Henri Persin)||Won|
|Best Film Editing||Samuel E. Beetley||Nominated|
|Best Picture||Darryl F. Zanuck, Producer||Nominated|
The Longest Day (1962)By Beatrice on Aug 15, 2017 From Flickers in Time
The Longest Day Directed by Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton and Bernhard Wicki Written by Cornelius Ryan et al from Ryan’s book 1962/USA Darryl F. Zanuck Production/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation First viewing/Netflix Instant Yet another 1962 movie for my “Ten Favorite New-to-Me Fi... Read full article
The Soldier on the Bell Tower in The Longest DayBy Amanda Garrett on Jun 6, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films
Today marks the 71st anniversary of allied invasion of Europe on June 6, 1944. The 1962 film The Longest Day tells the story of many soldiers and civilians who participated in D-Day, including Pvt. John Steele (above), a paratrooper who is played by Red Buttons in one of the movie's most memorable s... Read full article
The Longest Day: Actors who fought in D-Dayon Jun 6, 2014 From Comet Over Hollywood
Seventy years ago today, Allied forces stormed Omaha Beach in the Normandy Invasion, known as D-Day. A few of those soldiers were established actors?or later pursued a career in Hollywood. Here are a few of those men that served in D-Day: Lt Col David Niven, Royal Marine Commando, Normandy 1944 Davi... Read full article
The Henry Fonda Collection: The Longest Day (1962), The Grapes of Wrath (1940) & Overall Thoughts – Father’s Day Gift Guideon Jun 4, 2013 From Journeys in Classic Film
The Longest Day is a three-hour opus following all the events leading up to and in execution of D-Day. This 1962 docudrama has the distinction of being the most expensive black and white film made at the time (it would be ousted by Schindler’s List).? At a diffuse three-hours the title isn... Read full article
The Longest DayBy Alyson on Nov 30, 2010 From The Best Picture Project
Many of my generation have grandfathers who served in WWII. ?Each have their individual stories, whether they were in the Pacific, Europe or just waiting. ?My Papa never talked about it, but he was one of the thousands of men who stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. ?Knowing that has always sen... Read full article
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Capt. Colin Maud: [walking up to a stalled vehicle] My old grandmother used to say anything mechanical, give it a good bashing.
[Hits hood with his swagger stick]
Capt. Colin Maud: Try it now.
Private Flanagan: [to Clough] Sure, now; that did it.
[notices Maud looks at him]
Private Flanagan: Ah, now that's what I call a hell of a man!
Pvt. Clough: Aye, I like his dog too.
Capt. Colin Maud: Move inland. The war's that way.
Maj. John Howard: [charging the Orne River Bridge] Up the Ox and Bucks! Up the Ox and Bucks!
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The Messerschmitts used to portray Luftwaffe fighters were not Bf-109s, but were actually Bf-108 Taifuns, a four-seat cabin monoplane design with a wider fuselage.
20th Century Fox were taking a real gamble making this film. At $10 million, it was a hugely daring venture, but even more risky was Cleopatra which was being filmed concurrently. This was to set Fox back the then unprecedented sum of $40 million. Although Cleopatra did well at the box office, it was simply too expensive to recoup its costs and nearly bankrupted the studio. Fortunately The Longest Day turned out to be one of their biggest hits to offset the damage caused by the Egyptian epic.
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