Genre Grandeur – The Longest Day (1962) – MovieRob


For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Historical True Story Films, here’s a review of The Longest Day (1962) by Me

Thanks again to Vinnie of Vinnie H. for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Jeanette of The Mundane Adventures of a Fangirl and it is 80’s Fantasy Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of March by sending them to jeanettesfantasy80s@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Jeanette!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:

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“And remember this… When you get to Normandy, you’ll only have one friend – God [picks up a rifle] and this.” – Brig. General James Gavin

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Cable, DVD, 18 May 2000, 1 Oct 2014 and 27 Feb 2018)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Tells the story of the Allied invasion of France on June 6th, 1944 during World War II from various viewpoints on both sides of the war.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have loved for decades.

The fact that they could take such a story that has a major scope and deliver a coherent story from it always amazes me.

This movie shows the day of the invasion from so many perspectives yet it still keeps things in focus in order for us to feel as if we are actually watching a documentary instead of a major Hollywood production.

The cast is spectacular and it would take too much time to make even a short list of the main stars.

This is both helpful in telling the story but also hinders things because people might spend too much time looking at the stars instead of the story.

Even at 3 hours, this film is too short but it does an amazing job trying to keep things in a perspective that we can clearly understand the how and why everything happened as it did on that day.

Despite its length, this is a film I can watch over and over and can’t wait to see it again soon.

Bottom Line – Amazing film that is able to take so much information and try to show it in a realistic and documentary feel perspective. The film is littered with stars which both helps and hinders the story. Such an amazing achievement to make a film like this and still keep things coherent in such a way that we get a great overview of it all. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – One of the very first World War II films made by an American studio in which the members of each country spoke nearly all their dialogue in the language of that country: the Germans spoke German, the French spoke French, and the Americans and the British spoke English. There were subtitles on the bottom of the screen to translate the various languages. There were two versions of this movie, one where all the actors spoke English and the other (the better known one) where the French and German actors spoke their respective languages. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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