Sometimes I wonder whose side God´s on
In the fourth year of World War II Dwight D. Eisenhower, the supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces, made up the force of some two million men massed in England for the strike at Europe. The film follows the German and Allied (American, British, French and Canadian) forces and shows a range of stories.
We see the commands posts occupied by the Germans. During the night the French resistance (Irina Demick and Maurice Poli) blow up trains and cut German communications. Colonel Vandervoort (John Wayne) and his airborne contingent are misdropped in the middle of a French suburb, and most of the men are machine-gunned as they fall from the sky. The film reaches its peak when the two sides in the battle are engaged at the beaches.
Directed by Andrew Marton (USA), Ken Annakin (England), Bernhard Wicki (Germans), Gerd Oswald (Parachute landing) and Daryl F. Zanuck
Within 6 days it would have been Eddie Albert`s (Colonel Thompson) 106th birthday.
* April 22, 1908
† May 26, 2005
Within 30 days it would have been Henry Fonda`s (Theodore Roosevelt Jr.) 109th birthday.
* May 16, 1905
† August 12, 1982
Release date: September 25, 1962
The movie was filmed in:
Cyprus, France and the studio.
23,000 troops were supplied by the U.S., England and France for the filming of this movie.
Darryl F. Zanuck: “Only the actual invasion was possibly more complicated than this recreation”
Journalist Cornelius Ryan began working on the book The longest day in the mid-1950s, while the memories of the D-day participants were still fresh. He spent three years interviewing D-day survivors in the United States and Europe.
The book is divided into three parts: The Waiting, The Night and The Day. Source / More (Book)
The encyclopedia says about the longest day:
About June 22, the sun is directly overhead at noon at the Tropic of Cancer. In the Northern Hemisphere the longest day and shortest night of the year occur on this date, marking the beginning of summer. Source / More (Web)
The Allied invasion of the European continent (D-day) through Normandy began on June 6, 1944. The plan, known as Operation Overlord, had been prepared since 1943. General Dwight D. Eisenhower had supreme command over its execution. Source / More (Web)
Wayne told a group of friends after a private screening of Midnight cowboy that he thought that actors Hoffman and Voight were great. A few days later he wondered: “Whoever thought I’d say good things about a movie featuring a gigolo, a homeless Italian dwarf, and gang rape”.
May 26, 1907
Marion Robert Morrison
June 11, 1979
Raised in California, Marion went to USC on a football scholarship. During summer vacations he was employed as a third-string prop man in the Fox-studio's and on the set he became close friends with director John Ford for whom he began doing bit parts.
Wayne got his break winning the the lead in Fox's upcoming Western epic The big trail. He changed his name in John Wayne and became in 1939 a star in the role of The Ringo kid in Stagecoach.
In 1948 for the first time, critics sat up and took notice when the duke starred in Howard Hawks' Red River (1948). The 50s gave Wayne an opportunity to depth and poignancy in films like She wore a yellow ribbon (1949), Rio Grande (1950), The Searchers (1956) and Rio Bravo (1959).
In real life he was a patriot, an ultra-American who reflected his right-wing political stance in The Alamo (1960) and in The green berets (1968). John won his only Academy Award with True Grit (1969).
1970 Won Best actor for: True grit (1969)
1961 Nominated Best picture for: The Alamo(1960)
1950 Nominated Best actor for: Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
S. Zmijewsky and B. Zmijewsky and M. Ricci -> The Complete Films of John Wayne (1983/1995)
Randy Roberts and James S. Olson -> John Wayne, American (1995)
Ronald L. Davis -> Duke: The Life and Image of John Wayne (1998)
Emanuel Levy -> John Wayne: Prophet of the American Way of Life (1988/1998)