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The Longest Day

The Longest Day(1962)

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Trivia

  • Richard Todd (Major Howard of the British 6th Airborne) was himself in Normandy on D-Day, and participated as Lt. Todd of the British 6th Airborne in the glider assault on the Orne River Bridge.
  • As a 22-year-old private, Joseph Lowe landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day with the Fifth Ranger Battalion and scaled the cliffs at Pointe Du Hoc. He scaled those hundred-foot cliffs all over again, for the cameras, some 17 years later.
  • Darryl F. Zanuck was quoted in an interview as saying that he didn't think much of actors forming their own production companies, citing 'Wayne, John' 's Alamo, The (1960) project as a failure of such ventures. Wayne found out about this interview before being approached by Zanuck, and refused to accept to be in this movie unless he was paid $250,000 for his role (when the other famous actors were being paid $25,000 for the same movie). Wayne got his requested salary.
  • Henry Grace was not an actor when being cast as Dwight D. Eisenhower, but his remarkable resemblance to Eisenhower got him the role.
  • Sean Connery, who made his debut as James Bond also in 1962, acted in the movie along with Gert Frobe and 'Curt Jurgens' - two future Bond villains.

Contributions

  • Holz (2007-03-27)

    Source: http://www.warbirdalley.com/a1.htm

    A number of Douglas A-10 Skyraiders can be seen flying over the invasion armada. The prototype of the Skyraider was first flown on 18 March 1945. The Normady invasion occured on June 6, 1944.

  • Holz (2009-06-01)

    Source: not available

    Richard Todd, who played Major John Howard, leader of the British Airborne assault on the Pegasus Bridge, took part in the real bridge assault on D-Day. Todd was offered the chance to play himself, but thought the part would be too small, so he asked to play the part of Major John Howard instead. Shortly after the British have captured the Orne bridge in the film, one of the soldiers tells Todd that all they have to do now is sit tight and wait for the 7th Parachute Battalion to relieve them, to which Todd replies dismissively that the Paras are always late. This was a private joke, as Todd had been the adjutant of the 7th Parachute Battalion on D-Day and did help relieve the forces on the bridge. During the scene of Todd as Howard awaiting relief from the beachhead, an officer in a Para beret next to Todd is an actor playing the real Richard Todd.

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