History Trivia / TheLongestDay

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.
16th Sep '15 2:31:40 PM h27kim
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** 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!

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** 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!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.
24th May '15 7:38:39 PM igordebraga
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* DirectorDisplacement: Given ''five'' people did the thing simultaneously, doesn't surprise producer Darryl F. Zanuck gets more focus than all of them.


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* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Averted - Fox was planning on just doing a quick wide release to earn some cash they needed to offset their losses from ''Film/{{Cleopatra}}''. Darryl Zanuck threatened to bring''The Longest Day'' to Warner Bros. if they didn't do a proper roadshow release, and Fox had to comply. (it still was the box office hit the studio needed)
8th Apr '15 5:28:59 AM Menshevik
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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.
** However, a scene where German soldiers are seen running out of the cafe near that bridge wasn't done, as one of the owners insisted vehemently she had never allowed Germans to sleep there.


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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.
8th Apr '15 5:26:57 AM Menshevik
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* LifeImitatesArt: The code names given to some of the objectives (Pegasus Bridge, Utah, Omaha, Juno, and Sword Beaches) have been retained to this day.
8th Apr '15 5:25:32 AM Menshevik
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** Austrian actor Dietmar Schönherr, best known as Major [=McLane=] from ''Series/{{Raumpatrouille}}'', has a small part as a Luftwaffe major.
8th Apr '15 4:58:14 AM Menshevik
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* DawsonCasting: John Wayne as Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Vandervoort. The real Benjamin Vandervoort was 12 years younger than Wayne when the movie was made. He was actually just 27 during D-Day, when Wayne was '''54''' when the movie was filmed.

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* DawsonCasting: John Wayne as Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Vandervoort. The real Benjamin Vandervoort was 12 years younger than Wayne when the movie was made. He was actually Wayne, and on D-Day he had been just 27 during D-Day, when 27, while Wayne was '''54''' when the movie was filmed.
8th Apr '15 4:56:54 AM Menshevik
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*** Curd Jürgens (credited here as Curt Jürgens) -- who played Karl Stromberg in ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' -- as Major General Gunther Blumentritt.

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*** Curd Jürgens (credited here as Curt Jürgens) -- who played Karl Stromberg in ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' -- as Major General Gunther Günther Blumentritt.
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