The Longest Day

1962 | War | 178 minutes


From the vivid perspectives of both Allied and Axis powers, the events of D-Day are fiercely depicted, both the failures and successes. Agonizing over whether to start the invasion when the weather was problematic, Supreme Allied Commander, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, courageously made the decision to “Go.” The D-Day attack was costly: of the 10,000 American casualties approximately 4,000 died. But miscalculations by the Nazi generals helped the Allies secure the ground in only one day—The Longest Day.

French: Jean Servais (Admiral Robert Jaujard) / Christian Marquand (Captain Philippe Kieffer)

German: Werner Hinz (General Field Marshal Erwin Rommel) / Paul Hartmann (General Gerd von Rundstedt)

Why Stream This Film?
Richard L. Coe of The Washington Post called The Longest Day “a tingling, eye-gripping, fantastic picture that must rank as the screen’s most massive battle epic.”
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 87%
  • Metacritic Score: 75
  • Academy Awards: Winner, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Jean Bourgoin, Walter Wottitz)
  • American Cinema Editors: Winner, Best Edited Feature (Samuel E. Beetley)
  • National Board of Review: Listed, Top Ten Films of the Year
Daryl F. Zanuck achieves a solid and stunning epic film.  From personal vignettes to big battles, it details the first day of the D-Day landings by the Allies on June 6, 1944.

It is hard to think of a picture, aimed and constructed as this one, doing any more or any better or leaving one feeling any more exposed to the horror of war than this one does.
Bosley Crowther

The New York Times

THE LONGEST DAY is visually stunning, its extraordinary camera movement and Cinemascope photography brilliant augmenting and meticulously reenacted battle scenes. The only thing bigger than the film’s scope are its stars.
TV GUIDE staff

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