History Film / TheLongestDay

1st Mar '17 5:42:10 AM Bissek
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* DwindlingParty: One minor character is a fighter pilot who had fought in the Battle of Britain - and had just watched the only other pilot in his squadron with that distinction get shot down.
-->'''Pilot:''' Funny thing about being one of the few. We keep getting fewer.
26th Feb '17 8:47:03 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** In a meta example, SeanConnery (who is very proud of his Scottish heritage) complaining about somebody playing the bagpipes.

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** In a meta example, SeanConnery Creator/SeanConnery (who is very proud of his Scottish heritage) complaining about somebody playing the bagpipes.
6th Jan '17 3:36:09 PM Bissek
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* SpySpeak: Every evening, British radio stations sent dozens of nonsensical messages into France. Some of them were coded messages to Resistance cells, and others were just nonsense meant to confuse German Counterintelligence. At least two of the messages sent out on the night of June 5th, 1944 ("Jean has a large moustache" and "Wounds my heart with a monotonous langour") meant "invasion imminent".
6th Jan '17 9:54:38 AM Bissek
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* {{Conscription}}: An inter-unit variation. After crosswinds scatter the 82nd and 101st Airborne all over Normandy, officers from both units tell any paratroopers they run into they are now a member of the officer's unit and will be joining them on that unit's mission.
-->'''Colonel Vandervoort:''' Are you with the 82nd?\\
'''Soldier:''' No, sir. The 101st.\\
'''Colonel Vandervoort:''' Well, you're with the 82nd now. Move out!
25th Dec '16 6:29:29 PM jamespolk
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In 1962, the book was made into a film with an AllStarCast and LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. Rather than focussing on one particular group of participants in the manner of ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', the work aimed to provide an overview of the events of D-Day as they unfolded. Viewpoint characters include French resistance fighters, German generals and local commanders, Allied generals and commanders as well as members of the Airborne troops, Rangers, infantry, air force and navy components of the landings.

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In 1962, the book was made into a film with an AllStarCast and LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. Rather than focussing on one particular group of participants in the manner of ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', the work aimed to provide an overview of the events of D-Day as they unfolded. Viewpoint characters include French resistance fighters, German generals and local commanders, Allied generals and commanders as well as members of the Airborne troops, Rangers, infantry, air force and navy components of the landings.
landings. It was such an EpicMovie that it required three directors: Ken Annakin for the scenes with the British, Andrew Merton to direct scenes with Americans, and Bernhard Wicki for scenes with Germans.
6th Nov '16 4:18:27 AM Saveelich
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Because the film was made just 18 years after the events it depicts, many of the older actors had fought in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and some had even taken part in the landings -- Richard Todd even played his own commanding officer from 1944.[[note]]Todd had participated in the Pegasus Bridge operation as a young soldier, and is even shown in the film interacting with "himself", although this is never mentioned in the film. Supposedly, he was offered the chance to play himself, but he picked his CO instead because he felt his own role in the landings was too small. [[/note]]

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Because the film was made just 18 years after the events it depicts, many of the older actors had actually fought in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and some had even taken part in the landings -- Richard Todd even played his own commanding officer from 1944.[[note]]Todd had participated in the Pegasus Bridge operation as a young soldier, and is even shown in the film interacting with "himself", although this is never mentioned in the film. Supposedly, he was offered the chance to play himself, but he picked his CO instead because he felt his own role in the landings was too small. [[/note]]
6th Nov '16 4:17:55 AM Saveelich
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In 1962, the book was made into a film with an AllStarCast and LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. Rather than focussing on one particular group of participants in the manner of ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', the work aimed to provide an overview of the events of D-Day as they unfolded. Viewpoint characters include French resistance fighters, German generals and local commanders, Allied [[note]]American, British and Free French[[/note]] generals and commanders as well as members of the Airborne troops, Rangers, infantry, air force and navy components of the landings.

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In 1962, the book was made into a film with an AllStarCast and LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. Rather than focussing on one particular group of participants in the manner of ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', the work aimed to provide an overview of the events of D-Day as they unfolded. Viewpoint characters include French resistance fighters, German generals and local commanders, Allied [[note]]American, British and Free French[[/note]] generals and commanders as well as members of the Airborne troops, Rangers, infantry, air force and navy components of the landings.
6th Nov '16 4:17:17 AM Saveelich
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In 1962, the book was made into a film with an AllStarCast and LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. Rather than focussing on one particular group of participants in the manner of ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', the work aimed to provide an overview of the events of D-Day as they unfolded. Viewpoint characters include French resistance fighters, German generals and local commanders, Allied generals and commanders as well as members of the Airborne troops, Rangers, infantry, air force and navy components of the landings.

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In 1962, the book was made into a film with an AllStarCast and LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. Rather than focussing on one particular group of participants in the manner of ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', the work aimed to provide an overview of the events of D-Day as they unfolded. Viewpoint characters include French resistance fighters, German generals and local commanders, Allied [[note]]American, British and Free French[[/note]] generals and commanders as well as members of the Airborne troops, Rangers, infantry, air force and navy components of the landings.
26th Oct '16 8:18:58 PM jamespolk
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* INeedAFreakingDrink: One German General, upon realizing that the Allies are going to get their beachhead and start driving his people back to Germany, tells his aide that he has a bottle of Napoleon Brandy he'd been saving for a special occasion. He bitterly notes that this is ''not'' the kind of special occasion he originally had in mind, but it would have to do.



* UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons: Present, naturally.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: One German General, upon realizing that the Allies are going to get their beachhead and start driving his people back to Germany, tells his aide that he has a bottle of Napoleon Brandy he'd been saving for a special occasion. He bitterly notes that this is ''not'' the kind of special occasion he originally had in mind, but it would have to do.



* UltimateJobSecurity: Priller (see TheAce above). Lampshaded a few seconds before we even meet him, when we find out that the reason he hasn't been court-martialed yet is that he's shot down over a hundred enemy planes. This allows him to chew out his own superior officer in a way that would almost certainly never be tolerated from a less exceptional pilot.



* UltimateJobSecurity: Priller (see TheAce above). Lampshaded a few seconds before we even meet him, when we find out that the reason he hasn't been court-martialed yet is that he's shot down over a hundred enemy planes. This allows him to chew out his own superior officer in a way that would almost certainly never be tolerated from a less exceptional pilot.

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* UltimateJobSecurity: Priller (see TheAce above). Lampshaded a few seconds before we even meet him, when we find out that the reason he hasn't been court-martialed yet is that he's shot down over a hundred enemy planes. This allows him to chew out his own superior officer in a way that would almost certainly never be tolerated from a less exceptional pilot.

21st Oct '16 5:03:30 AM Saveelich
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Actors appearing as part of the AllStarCast in this film include Creator/RichardBurton, Creator/SeanConnery, Creator/HenryFonda, Creator/RobertMitchum, and Creator/JohnWayne.

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Actors appearing as part of the huge AllStarCast in this film include Creator/RichardBurton, Creator/SeanConnery, Creator/HenryFonda, Creator/RobertMitchum, and Creator/JohnWayne.
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