The Longest Day Cast: Look Into The Details Of Their Characters

We will have a look into The Longest Day Cast in this article. Producer Darryl F. Zanuck honored the Allies who fought in the Normandy Invasion during World War II in his 1962 American military film, The Longest Day.

The preparations for the Allied invasion of occupied France, which began on June 6, 1944, are the main focus of The Longest Day. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower (Henry Grace), the overall commander of the Allied forces in western Europe, is able to launch the operation after a brief respite in the inclement weather that had been keeping troops waiting impatiently onboard ships in England.

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The Longest Day Cast

  • John Wayne (Lieut. Col. Benjamin Vandervoot)
  • Henry Fonda (Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.)
  • Robert Mitchum (Brig. Gen. Norman Cota)
  • Curd Jürgens (Maj. Gen. Gunther Blumentritt)
  • Peter Lawford (Lord Lovatt)
  • Red Buttons (Pvt. John Steele)
  • Richard Burton (Flying Officer David Campbell)

The Allies would land in Pas-de-Calais, France, rather than the beaches of Normandy, according to an error made by Adolf Hitler, despite the fact that the Germans are aware of the impending onslaught. German General Erwin Rommel cannot muster enough forces to oppose the Allies by the time the error is revealed.

Both sides suffer tremendous losses in the struggle, which is observed not just from the viewpoint of military leaders like Eisenhower but also from the standpoint of regular soldiers. The Allies gain control of the beach amid great destruction and great loss, and the demise of the Third Reich becomes certain.

Henry Fonda, Richard Burton, Robert Mitchum, and John Wayne were among the cast members that played the characters in Zanuck’s film, which also successfully captured the scope of the vast military operation. Zanuck had to fight off Twentieth Century-Fox studio officials who wanted to hasten the release of The Longest Day as a typical war movie in order to quickly raise money after seeing the growing costs of Cleopatra (1963).

The Longest Day Cast

Due to Zanuck’s disparaging remarks about Wayne’s epic film The Alamo (1960), Wayne initially refused to appear in the movie. However, Zanuck felt that Wayne was so important to the project that he paid him the then-staggering sum of $250,000 for only a few days of work and promised that he would receive special billing. Paul Anka, who also acted in the movie, wrote and sang the title song.

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Production Notes And Credits

  • Studio: Twentieth Century-Fox
  • Directors: Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, and Darryl F. Zanuck (uncredited)
  • Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck
  • Writers: Cornelius Ryan, Romain Gary, James Jones, David Pursall, and Jack Seddon
  • Music: Maurice Jarre
  • Running time: 178 minutes
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  • Cinematography (black and white)*
  • Special effects*
  • Editing
  • Art direction (black and white)

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