History Film / TheLongestDay

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.
12th Sep '16 1:30:32 AM MAI742
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** The 'Honourable ''Wehrmacht''' myth promoted by ''Wehrmacht'' veterans. Though to be fair, the Germans really did consider the ethnically European soldiers of the Western Allies to be only slightly racially inferior to themselves and so did not commit the usual atrocities against them.

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** The 'Honourable ''Wehrmacht''' myth promoted by ''Wehrmacht'' veterans. Though to be fair, the Germans really did consider the ethnically European soldiers of the Western Allies to be only slightly racially inferior to themselves and so did not commit the usual atrocities against them.them with anything even approaching the usual frequency and intensity.
12th Sep '16 1:29:03 AM MAI742
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** The 'Genius Generals, Stupid Hitler' myth promoted by German Generals' memoirs.
** The 'Honourable ''Wehrmacht''' myth promoted by ''Wehrmacht'' veterans.

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** The 'Genius Generals, Stupid Hitler' myth promoted by German Generals' memoirs.
memoirs. Most German Generals, including the ''Wehrmacht'' General Staff, believed that the Norman landings were a diversion. Hitler actually displayed wisdom in trusting their professional opinion.
** The 'Honourable ''Wehrmacht''' myth promoted by ''Wehrmacht'' veterans. Though to be fair, the Germans really did consider the ethnically European soldiers of the Western Allies to be only slightly racially inferior to themselves and so did not commit the usual atrocities against them.
12th Sep '16 1:25:22 AM MAI742
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* DatedHistory: The book was written in ''1959'', and the film was released in ''1962''. But to its credit, only two major elements have been disproven by subsequent research:
** The 'Genius Generals, Stupid Hitler' myth promoted by German Generals' memoirs.
** The 'Honourable ''Wehrmacht''' myth promoted by ''Wehrmacht'' veterans.



* OfficerAndAGentleman: Most of the officer characters are this, even on the German side. In their defense, the creators of the book and film didn't know that actual ''Wehrmacht'' officers had been very, very far from Gentlemanly in their conduct against women, civilians in general, suspected partisans, partisans, POW, and combatants.

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* OfficerAndAGentleman: Most of the officer characters are this, even portrayed this way - including on the German side. In their defense, the creators of when the book and film didn't know that actual were made very few people were aware of just how 'Ungentlemanly' the ''Wehrmacht'' officers and its leadership had been very, very far from Gentlemanly in their conduct against women, civilians in general, suspected partisans, partisans, POW, and combatants.been.
12th Sep '16 1:12:08 AM MAI742
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* NazisWithGnarlyWeapons: Present, naturally.

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* NazisWithGnarlyWeapons: UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons: Present, naturally.



* OfficerAndAGentleman: Most of the officer characters are this, on both sides.

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* OfficerAndAGentleman: Most of the officer characters are this, even on both sides.the German side. In their defense, the creators of the book and film didn't know that actual ''Wehrmacht'' officers had been very, very far from Gentlemanly in their conduct against women, civilians in general, suspected partisans, partisans, POW, and combatants.
12th Sep '16 1:04:29 AM MAI742
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* NazisWithGnarlyWeapons: Present, naturally.



** Averted in the portrayal of most German officers, as when ''The Longest Day'' was produced most Western Academics were under the (false) impression that the German officer corps had been a-political military professionals. Of course, we now know better.

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** Averted in the portrayal of most German officers, as when ''The Longest Day'' was produced most Western Academics were under the (false) impression that the German officer corps had been a-political apolitical military professionals. Of course, we now know better.
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