The Longest Day (1962)

G   |    |  Action, Drama, History

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The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view.




  • Sal Mineo and Richard Beymer in The Longest Day (1962)
  • Jeffrey Hunter in The Longest Day (1962)
  • Robert Mitchum and Darryl F. Zanuck in The Longest Day (1962)
  • John Wayne in The Longest Day (1962)
  • Sean Connery in The Longest Day (1962)
  • Sean Connery and Norman Rossington in The Longest Day (1962)

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3 September 2011 | tggilchrist
Candian Presence in The Longest Day
The previous comments about Canadian participation in the Normandy invasion were significant - insofar as there weren't very many. One of the five Normandy beaches was Canadian (Juno), but there is almost no mention of this in The Longest Day, and I'm sure that one would be hard pressed to find many Americans (and not a whole lot more Canadians) who know this. Unfortunately, it is movies such as this and other popular media that shape the historic knowledge of people on both sides of the border. In the near absence of Canadian content, I find it ironic that a young Canadian (Paul Anka) not only played a part in the movie as an American soldier, but also wrote the theme music. I find it also ironic that the legendary rifle used by US soldiers during WW2 and shown in this movie was designed by a Canadian as well (Garand is a French Canadian name). The cruelest irony, of course, is the fact that thousands of Canadian soldiers were maimed or lost there lives on 6 June 1944 and the days thereafter, with virtually no acknowledgement in this movie. I have always enjoyed watching this movie, but it is unfortunate that I must use my imagination to see in it the heroic and selfless wartime effort of my father's generation, in similar fashion to viewers in the US and UK.

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