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THE LONGEST DAY (17 K)

The Longest Day

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Production Notes: U.S., 20th Century Fox., 1962
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Favorite Scene: Pegasus Bridge

GLIDER APPROACH

View from the cockpit of the lead glider of three approaching the important road bridge over the parallel waterways of the Orne River and Caen Canal. The special effects work in this scene was remarkable considering the state of SFX technology in 1961, from the initial whisper-quiet approach to the splintering crash landing.
UP THE OX AND BUCKS

Major John Howard (portrayed by Richard Todd) leads his men through the barbed wire defenses in front of the bridge, rallying them with cries of "Up the Ox and Bucks" (the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry battle cry). Achieving complete surprise, Howard's unit captured the bridge in less than 15 minutes.


One of many outstanding scenes in a film that is perhaps one of the most historically accurate WW II epics, the depiction of the glider assault ...

HOLD UNTIL RELIEVED

Major Howard surveys the scene, playing his orders out in his head following the capture of Pegasus Bridge. Hold until relieved ... hold until relieved. Barely 15 minutes past midnight on D-Day, the crackle of small-arms fire is rising in the distance. He knows he and his men have a long night ahead of them.


Larry's Take: The Best "Big" World War II Movie Ever Made

ST. MERE EGLISE

Colonel Benjamin Vandervoort (John Wayne, left) and one of his regimental commanders (Steve Forrest, right) discuss their next move on the way to St. Mere Eglise, the 82nd Airborne Division's key objective on D-Day.


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