#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Tells the story of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in WWII. There are dozens of characters, some seen only briefly, who together weave the story of five separate invasion points that made up the operation.
Plot: The retelling of June 6, 1944, from the perspectives of the Germans, US, British, Canadians, and the Free French. Marshall Erwin Rommel, touring the defenses being established as part of the Reich’s Atlantic Wall, notes to his officers that when the Allied invasion comes they must be stopped on the beach. “For the Allies as well as the Germans, it will be the longest day”
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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.
“Wounds my heart with a monotonous languor”
June 6th,1944. The Allied invasion of northern Europe begins along the Normandy coastline. In the early hours of the morning thousands of British and American paratroopers are dropped inland to secure strategic objectives, to be followed at dawn by the main assault force consisting of Americans (Utah and Omaha beaches), British (Gold and Sword beaches), Canadians (Juno beach) and French (attached to the British at Sword). By nightfall it is hoped that the troops will be moving off the beaches and linking up with the Airborne forces inland.
This multi-faceted account of the D-Day landings was a mammoth undertaking in its day. Adapted for the screen by Cornelius Ryan from his book of the same name, it is a very detailed look at the events of that momentous day in history. Every angle is covered, from the commanders, planners and soldiers to the French underground, civilians and the German defenders. The cast list reads like a who’s who of international cinema at the time, to the point where this can detract from the drama of the events at times. Nevertheless, the sheer scale of the production is staggering in its scope, most of it filmed on the actual battle sites where possible. In terms of cost, this would surely be impossible to film these days.
There are a couple of drawbacks, however. Some of the dialogue leans toward the corny at times, especially by todays standards. Also, since the release of ‘Saving Private Ryan’ and ‘Band Of Brothers’ the landings on Omaha beach and the parachute drop sequences look tame and rather antiseptic. This isn’t a criticism of the production, so much as a comment on how the film is starting to show its age.
On the plus side there are some very well executed sequences. The scaling of the cliffs at Point du Hoc by the US Rangers is one, and the storming of the town of Ouistreham by French commandos is another. This is probably the most breathtaking scene in the entire film, as an airborne camera tracks the commandos through the streets and ends up circling a German machine gun nest on top of the casino building.
The film needs to be viewed in its original widescreen aspect ratio to fully appreciate its epic scale. The DVD print is a beautifully clean transfer in the original black & white. I, and I suspect many others, got quite a shock a couple of years back when I tuned in to watch it on TV, to find it has been digitally colourised. In truth this version looks quite good, but it’s not available on DVD.
Despite showing its age a little, ‘The Longest Day’ remains one of the great World War Two films, and is still the definitive cinematic account of D-Day.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 58 min (178 min)
Genre Action, Drama, History, War
Director Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Gerd Oswald, Bernhard Wicki, Darryl F. Zanuck
Writer Cornelius Ryan (screenplay), Cornelius Ryan (book), Romain Gary (additional episodes written by), James Jones (additional episodes written by), David Pursall (additional episodes written by), Jack Seddon (additional episodes written by)
Actors Eddie Albert, Paul Anka, Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault
Awards Won 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations.
Production Company Twentieth Century Fox
Sound Mix 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System), 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Aspect Ratio 2.20 : 1 (70 mm prints), 2.35 : 1
Laboratory Laboratoires Franay Tirages Cinematographiques (LTC) [fr]
Film Length 4,890 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman Double-X 5222, Plus-X 5231)
Cinematographic Process CinemaScope (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 70 mm (blow-up) (re-release prints), 35 mm