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The Longest Day

Darryl F Zanuck's Second World War drama recreates the Allied landings in Normandy in June 1944. The film vividly examines D-Day from the perspectives of the British, American, German and French forces.

The British contingent includes Richard Burton, Kenneth More, Richard Todd and Sean Connery, while the American troops include John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Henry Fonda, Rod Steiger and Roddy McDowall.

Cinematographers Jean Bourgoin and Walter Wottitz deservedly won an Academy Award for their work and a second Oscar went to Robert MacDonald (visual) and Jacques Maumont (audible) for their impressively realistic special effects.

The film cost $10 million to produce, making it one of the most expensive black-and-white movies in the history of cinema. And that sum was bolstered by John Wayne's impressive contract negotiation, which saw him earn $250,000 for just four days' work.

(1962) Cert: PG

The Longest Day synopsis

Darryl F Zanuck's classic Oscar-nominated recreation of the Allied landings in Normandy on June 6 1944, with an all-star British, American, German and French cast

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