History Film / TheLongestDay

4th Apr '18 6:08:05 PM maxwellsilver
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* PercussiveMaintenance: Captain Maud fixing a stalled Universal Carrier on the beach with a baton. The baton in the film was the genuine article used during the real landings.

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* PercussiveMaintenance: Captain Maud fixing a stalled Universal Carrier on the beach with a baton. shillelagh. The baton shillelagh in the film was the genuine article used during the real landings.



** RAF fighter pilot David Campbell was shot down and split his leg open from groin to knee. A medic found him, pumped him full of morphine and pinned the leg together with safety pins, promising to come with proper supplies (hopefully ''before'' the morphine wore off). This is not shown.

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** RAF fighter pilot David Campbell was shot down and split his leg open from groin to knee. A medic found him, pumped him full of morphine and pinned the leg together with safety pins, promising to come with proper supplies (hopefully ''before'' the morphine wore off). This The actual injury is not shown.
4th Apr '18 6:06:14 PM maxwellsilver
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* TakeOurWordForIt:
** Lt. Col. Vandervoort breaks his ankle on landing. His medic informs him it's a compound fracture (the bone is sticking out of the skin), so he has the medic lace his boot tightly. This is entirely (just) out of view of the camera.
** RAF fighter pilot David Campbell was shot down and split his leg open from groin to knee. A medic found him, pumped him full of morphine and pinned the leg together with safety pins, promising to come with proper supplies (hopefully ''before'' the morphine wore off). This is not shown.



* TemptingFate: While scanning the beach, Col. Pluskat sighs "Not even a seagull..." At that precise moment, [[OhCrap the invasion fleet emerges from the fog.]]

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* TemptingFate: TemptingFate:
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While scanning the beach, Col. Pluskat sighs "Not even a seagull..." At that precise moment, [[OhCrap the invasion fleet emerges from the fog.]]



** The paratroopers crashing into Sainte-Mère-Église. The paratrooper caught on the belltower (John Steele, played by RedButtons) can only dangle and watch in horror as his fellow jumpers get mowed down. [[RealLifeWritesThePlot It really happened that way, too.]]

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** The paratroopers crashing into Sainte-Mère-Église. The paratrooper caught on the belltower (John Steele, played by RedButtons) Creator/RedButtons) can only dangle and watch in horror as his fellow jumpers get mowed down. [[RealLifeWritesThePlot It really happened that way, too.]]
4th Apr '18 5:43:31 PM maxwellsilver
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* DramaticGunCock: "Two clicks... I heard... two clicks..."

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* DramaticGunCock: "Two clicks... I heard... two clicks..."" Turns out the toy clicker given to American paratroopers for friendly identification [[spoiler:sounds exactly like a Mauser rifle being cocked.]]
4th Apr '18 5:41:40 PM maxwellsilver
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** Commander (Acting Captain) Colin Maude's dog, Winnie, was a German Shepherd. The director decided to "improve" history by using a British Bulldog instead.

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** Beachmaster Commander (Acting Captain) Colin Maude's dog, Winnie, was a German Shepherd. The director decided to "improve" history by using a British Bulldog instead.



* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: ''Spectacularly'' averted by the French commandos shown taking Ouistreham, who continue the fight in the face of a nearly impregnable artillery position and some serious casualties. And by the French nuns who walk (not run) across the battlefield in the middle of the battle to provide first aid to the commandos. And by the French resistance group shown sabotaging a German train the previous night - particularly the woman who volunteers to distract the German patrol that's about to discover the explosives, and then takes on one of the soldiers herself when her diversion doesn't work out. And don't forget the French sailors in their ships who were part of the ships protecting the invasion force, who were willing to pay the ultimate price for their freedom by shelling their own homeland.

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* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: ''Spectacularly'' averted by the French commandos shown taking Ouistreham, who continue the fight in the face of a nearly impregnable artillery position and some serious casualties. And by the French nuns who walk (not run) across the battlefield in the middle of the battle to provide first aid to the commandos. And by the French resistance group shown sabotaging a German train the previous night - particularly the woman who volunteers to distract the German patrol that's about to discover the explosives, and then takes on one of the soldiers herself when her diversion doesn't work out. And don't forget the French sailors in their ships who were part of the ships protecting the invasion force, who were willing to pay the ultimate price for their freedom by shelling their own homeland.
4th Apr '18 5:41:00 PM maxwellsilver
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** Engineers are seen removing explosives from the Orne Bridge. In reality they hadn't been placed in their slots when the gliders landed. Zanuck chose to ignore Howard's telling him this for the sake of drama.
** Averted when a scene where German soldiers are seen running out of the café near that bridge wasn't shot, as one of the owners insisted vehemently she had never allowed Germans to sleep there.

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** Engineers are seen removing explosives from the Orne Bridge. In reality they hadn't been placed in their slots when the gliders landed. Zanuck chose to ignore Howard's telling him this for the sake of drama.
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drama. Averted when a scene where German soldiers are seen running out of the café near that bridge wasn't shot, as one of the owners insisted vehemently she had never allowed Germans to sleep there.


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** Commander (Acting Captain) Colin Maude's dog, Winnie, was a German Shepherd. The director decided to "improve" history by using a British Bulldog instead.
4th Apr '18 4:06:52 PM maxwellsilver
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory:
** Engineers are seen removing explosives from the Orne Bridge. In reality they hadn't been placed in their slots when the gliders landed. Zanuck chose to ignore Howard's telling him this for the sake of drama.
** Averted when a scene where German soldiers are seen running out of the café near that bridge wasn't shot, as one of the owners insisted vehemently she had never allowed Germans to sleep there.
** The casino of Ouistreham was blown up by the Germans in 1943 and a bunker was built in its place. [[http://www.histoirenormande.fr/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/casino.jpg The movie's casino]] is still intact with the ground floor turned into a bunker. And it didn't look like [[http://www.ouistreham.mobi/ressources/images/diaporama/1944/casino/1fr.jpg the real casino]] to begin with.


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** Engineers are seen removing explosives from the Orne Bridge. In reality they hadn't been placed in their slots when the gliders landed. Zanuck chose to ignore Howard's telling him this for the sake of drama.
** Averted when a scene where German soldiers are seen running out of the café near that bridge wasn't shot, as one of the owners insisted vehemently she had never allowed Germans to sleep there.
** The casino of Ouistreham was blown up by the Germans in 1943 and a bunker was built in its place. [[http://www.histoirenormande.fr/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/casino.jpg The movie's casino]] is still intact with the ground floor turned into a bunker. And it didn't look like [[http://www.ouistreham.mobi/ressources/images/diaporama/1944/casino/1fr.jpg the real casino]] to begin with.
15th Jan '18 4:41:05 PM ClintEastwood
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** Creator/RichardBurton and Creator/RoddyMcDowall asked for small roles to spare the boredom after ''Film/{{Cleopatra}}'' was delayed... AGAIN.
** Creator/SeanConnery, on the other hand, also has a small role because he was eager to get off to Jamaica and begin filming ''Film/DrNo''.
15th Jan '18 4:34:40 PM ClintEastwood
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory:
** Engineers are seen removing explosives from the Orne Bridge. In reality they hadn't been placed in their slots when the gliders landed. Zanuck chose to ignore Howard's telling him this for the sake of drama.
** Averted when a scene where German soldiers are seen running out of the café near that bridge wasn't shot, as one of the owners insisted vehemently she had never allowed Germans to sleep there.
** The casino of Ouistreham was blown up by the Germans in 1943 and a bunker was built in its place. [[http://www.histoirenormande.fr/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/casino.jpg The movie's casino]] is still intact with the ground floor turned into a bunker. And it didn't look like [[http://www.ouistreham.mobi/ressources/images/diaporama/1944/casino/1fr.jpg the real casino]] to begin with.


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* AsHimself:
** Almost. Actor Richard Todd plays John Howard, the Major whose unit secures Pegasus Bridge. One of the relief units coming to their aid was led by Captain Richard Todd, played by another actor in the movie! There is a picture of Richard Todd, as John Howard, posing next to the other actor, as Richard Todd.
** Another almost with former President UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower. Eisenhower actually would have played himself except he looked too old for his younger self from two decades before so the idea was scrapped.
** Played straight with Joseph Lowe, one of the cliff climbers at Utah Beach who reprised his efforts for the movie.
11th Jan '18 6:48:51 PM jamespolk
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* DistractedByTheSexy:
** You're driving a hay cart with two Resistance operatives hiding in the hay. You need to get past a German checkpoint. So you arrange for an insanely-hot lady Resistance fighter to arrive at the checkpoint at the same time, riding a bike, showing off cleavage with a half-unbuttoned blouse. It works like a charm.
** Later subverted when she tries the same trick to distract a late-night German patrol from discovering the explosives in the railway tracks and nearly gets killed in the process.



* ShowSomeLeg:
** You're driving a hay cart with two Resistance operatives hiding in the hay. You need to get past a German checkpoint. So you arrange for an insanely-hot lady Resistance fighter to arrive at the checkpoint at the same time, riding a bike, showing off cleavage with a half-unbuttoned blouse. It works like a charm.
** Later subverted when she tries the same trick to distract a late-night German patrol from discovering the explosives in the railway tracks and nearly gets killed in the process.
12th Dec '17 5:42:21 PM TinMan
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* AllForNothing: The Ranger assault on Pointe du Hoc ends with the Rangers finding out the guns they were tasked to find and destroy were never there and the assault was unnecessary. In real life, however, the Rangers succeeded in locating and destroying the guns further inland.
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