January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #45 of the 48.
Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this on cable as a kid and have always enjoyed rewatching it because it is such an intense and comprehensive look at one day and is filled with an all star cast who mostly have cameo roles (or short screen time.)
[to his generals, observing the English Channel] “Just look at it, gentlemen. How calm… how peaceful it is. A strip of water between England and the continent… between the Allies and us. But beyond that peaceful horizon… a monster waits. A coiled spring of men, ships, and planes… straining to be released against us. But, gentlemen, not a single Allied soldier shall reach the shore. Whenever and wherever this invasion may come, gentlemen… I shall destroy the enemy there, at the water’s edge. Believe me, gentlemen, the first 24 hours of the invasion will be decisive. For the Allies as well as the Germans, it will be the longest day… The longest day. ” – Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Cable, DVD, 18 May 2000, 1 Oct 2014, 27 Feb 2018, 4 Jun 2019 and 28 Jan 2021)
Brief Synopsis – A look at the events of June 6th, 1944 from various perspectives so that we can get a clear idea of everything that transpired during this 24 hour period.
My Take on it – Spectacular film that works so well in telling this comprehensive story. Yes, it’s long, but the amount of detail helps show how complex and integral this operation was. The film has an all star, multinational cast, yet the real star and focus of this film is the day and not the specific people. Some of the characters have very little screen time, but we can see how each of them play a part in the overall story line. The onscreen captions showing the time and place of certain events helps enhance things because it gives the viewer more of an idea of what is taking place when The fact that so much is going on here also enhances things, because things never feel dull or boring because there is always something constantly going on with some of the characters. The choice to allow each nationality to speak in their native language was also a great idea even if at the time this was made, it was almost unheard of because it helps make things come across even more realistically in all that transpires here. Whats amazing is that there is so much material here that even just certain aspects of the story could theoretically be expanded in order to create a stand alone film. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Lt. Col. Benjamin Vandevoort was 27 years old on D-Day. He was very disappointed to find that he was being played by the 54-year-old John Wayne. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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