History Trivia / TheLongestDay

27th Oct '16 12:41:03 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* TheDanza: Sort of. Gen. James Gavin, played by Robert Ryan, was actually born James Ryan, but put up for adoption at age two, and adopted by Martin and Mary Gavin at age seven.
* DawsonCasting: Creator/JohnWayne as Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Vandervoort. The real Benjamin Vandervoort was 12 years younger than Wayne, and on D-Day he had been just 27, while Wayne was '''54''' when the movie was filmed.

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* TheDanza: TheDanza:
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Sort of. Gen. James Gavin, played by Robert Ryan, was actually born James Ryan, but put up for adoption at age two, and adopted by Martin and Mary Gavin at age seven.
** Creator/RichardBurton plays Richard Campbell.
* DawsonCasting: DawsonCasting Creator/JohnWayne as Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Vandervoort. The real Benjamin Vandervoort was 12 years younger than Wayne, and on D-Day he had been just 27, while Wayne was '''54''' when the movie was filmed.
26th Oct '16 6:57:11 AM Saveelich
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* TheDanza: Sort of.
Gen. James Gavin, played by Robert Ryan, was actually born James Ryan, but put up for adoption at age two, and adopted by Martin and Mary Gavin at age seven.

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* TheDanza: Sort of. \n Gen. James Gavin, played by Robert Ryan, was actually born James Ryan, but put up for adoption at age two, and adopted by Martin and Mary Gavin at age seven.
14th Oct '16 11:33:37 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** Creator/BrigitteBardot and Marina Vlady turned down the role of Janine Boitard.
14th Oct '16 11:33:37 AM CumbersomeTercel
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9th Sep '16 9:25:32 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* TheDanza: Sort of.
Gen. James Gavin, played by Robert Ryan, was actually born James Ryan, but put up for adoption at age two, and adopted by Martin and Mary Gavin at age seven.


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* DeletedRole: Dewey Martin, whose character was named Lt. Wilder, was deleted from the final cut.
9th Sep '16 8:54:15 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* CastTheExpert: Richard Todd, who plays Major Howard of the British Airborne, was a British paratrooper during the war and actually took part in the D-Day landings -- in fact, he was initially approached to play ''himself'' in the film.
* DawsonCasting: John Wayne as Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Vandervoort. The real Benjamin Vandervoort was 12 years younger than Wayne, and on D-Day he had been just 27, while Wayne was '''54''' when the movie was filmed.

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* CastTheExpert: CastTheExpert:
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Richard Todd, who plays Major Howard of the British Airborne, was a British paratrooper during the war and actually took part in the D-Day landings -- in fact, he was initially approached to play ''himself'' in the film.
** As a 22-year-old private, Joseph Lowe landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day with the Second Ranger Battalion and scaled the cliffs at Point-Du-Hoc. He scaled those 100-foot cliffs all over again, for the cameras, some 17 years later.
* DawsonCasting: John Wayne Creator/JohnWayne as Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Vandervoort. The real Benjamin Vandervoort was 12 years younger than Wayne, and on D-Day he had been just 27, while Wayne was '''54''' when the movie was filmed.



* MoneyDearBoy: This was one of several high-profile projects which Creator/JohnWayne took in the wake of the extremely expensive ''Film/TheAlamo''. He had used his own funds to help finance the project, and he was in desperate need of a quick payday.



** Roddy [=McDowall=] asked for a small role to spare his boredom after ''Film/{{Cleopatra}}'' was delayed... AGAIN.

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** Creator/RichardBurton and Roddy [=McDowall=] asked for a small role roles to spare his the boredom after ''Film/{{Cleopatra}}'' was delayed... AGAIN.




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** Creator/JohnWayne's role was originally offered to Creator/CharltonHeston.
** Creator/AlecGuinness was sought for a cameo.
** The part of the British padre was first offered to Creator/DirkBogarde, who turned it down.
1st Sep '16 9:40:51 PM Doug86
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** Another almost with former President DwightEisenhower. Eisenhower actually would have played himself except he looked too old for his younger self from two decades before so the idea was scrapped.

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** Another almost with former President DwightEisenhower.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.
18th Apr '16 12:03:58 PM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Besides the ones mentioned below, there's Red Buttons, John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Eddie Albert, Paul Anka, Fabian, Robert Wagner, Richard Dawson...
** Also cartoonist and comedian Creator/{{Loriot}} in an uncredited bit part as a German staff officer.
** Two German actors were future ''Film/JamesBond'' villains:
*** Gert Fröbe -- best known for playing the title role in ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' -- as the German sergeant [[KnownOnlyByTheirNickname "Kaffeekanne"]] (coffee-pot), who rides his horse to the beach every morning to bring coffee to the troops.
*** Curd Jürgens (credited here as Curt Jürgens) -- who played Karl Stromberg in ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' -- as Major General Günther Blumentritt.
*** The first Film/JamesBond himself, Sean Connery, is one of the British soldiers landing on Sword beach.
** Wolfgang Preiss as General Pemsel. He became almost ubiquitous in WWII films, appearing in ''The Train'', ''Film/VonRyansExpress'', ''Film/IsParisBurning'', ''Film/ABridgeTooFar'' and ''[[Literature/TheWindsOfWarAndWarAndRemembrance The Winds of War]]'', among others. Of course, European audiences at the time probably recognized Preiss as [[Film/Die1000AugenDesDrMabuse Dr. Mabuse]].
** André Bourvil playing the Mayor of Colleville. Bourvil was a popular French comedy star, though he occasionally [[PlayingAgainstType played against type]] in dramatic roles. International viewers might recognize him best from ''Film/TheRedCircle''.
** Austrian actor Dietmar Schönherr, best known as Major [=McLane=] from ''Series/{{Raumpatrouille}}'', has a small part as a Luftwaffe major.
2nd Dec '15 2:04:43 PM BobTanaka
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* PlayingAgainstType: Red Buttons usually played goofy comic-relief or funny hero types. Here, while there's some humor with him, his main scene is one of the film's most horrific parts.
16th Sep '15 2:33:27 PM h27kim
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** Another almost with former President DwightEisenhower. Eisenhower actually would have played himself except he looked too old for his younger self from two decades before so the idea was scrapped.
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