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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)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Ted Haworth, Leon Barsacq, Vincent Korda; Set Decoration: Gabriel BechirNominated
Best CinematographyJean Bourgoin, Walter Wottitz, (Henri Persin)Won
Best Film EditingSamuel E. BeetleyNominated
Best PictureDarryl F. Zanuck, ProducerNominated
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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 Day

By 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-Day

on 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 Guide

on 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 Day

By 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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Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr.: As best I can figure it, we're on the wrong beach. The control boat must have been confused by the smoke from the naval bombardment. They landed us about a mile and a quarter south of where we were supposed to land. We should be up there.
Col. Caffey: I agree with you, but what are we gonna do now? Our reinforcements and heavy equipment will be approaching in a very few minutes. What happens if they land at the right beach?
Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr.: The reinforcements will have to follow us wherever we are. We're starting the war from right here. Head inland. We're going inland.


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.
[vehicle cranks]
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.


Capt. Colin Maud: [pointing] The war's over there!


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Darryl F. Zanuck was continually at Andrew Marton's shoulder when he was directing the American sequences.
Four Spitfires were used in the strafing sequence. They were all ex-Belgian target tugs and all were MK9's. The serial no.s were MH415, MK297, MK923 and MH434 and all are still extant. The Spitfires were assembled and co-ordinated by former free French Spitfire pilot Pierre Laureys who flew with 340 Squadron, a free French unit in the RAF. The 4 Spitfires were of course re-painted in 340 Squadron markings. Spitfire MK923 was between 1963 and 1998 owned by film actor and Oscar winner Cliff Robertson.
Although the screenplay is credited to Cornelius Ryan, many other writers worked on the film.
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