Episode 33

The Longest Day (1962)


May 20th, 2022

1 hr 57 mins 50 secs

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About this Episode

Hot on the heels of our Saving Private Ryan episode, we return to the beaches of Normandy (this time filmed in Corsica) with the WWII two-time Oscar winning classic, The Longest Day.

Clocking in at three hours, this is the longest film we have covered so far, and our first John Wayne flick!
It has a star-studded cast that includes Richard Burton, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, and a few of our old favorites like Edmund O’Brien and Rod Steiger. They portray everyone from General Eisenhower to the junior Officers hitting the beach, with varying levels of historical accuracy.

Many in the cast were not only WWII Veterans, but actually took part in Operation Overlord less than twenty years prior to filming, and there is plenty of realism to go around, including a lot of subtitled foreign language.

But is all that enough to make a good film? How has this one aged over the years, and how does it compare to Spielberg’s film? Join us and find out!

Next Episode: Outlaw King (2021)

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