The Longest Day

Synopsis: Tells the story of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in WWII. There are dozens of characters, some seen only briefly, who together weave the story of five separate invasion points that made up the operation.
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
178 min

At every beach, on every dune...

...on every rock.

I repeat:

I've ordered alerts again and again.

Tell me this:

-Anything else?

-No, sir.

Good morning, Field Marshal.

-Any news?

-Nothing important.

Snap it up. Jerk the lead.

Snap it up.

Jerk the lead.

Snap it up.

Jerk the lead.

You expect us to eat this slop again?

I don't care what you do with it, mac.

Eat it, throw it out.

I get paid for cooking it.

Come on. Put it on.

Snap it up.

Jerk the lead.

Didn't you get any sleep?

Are you kidding? I haven't slept

since we got here.

I got the absolute lowdown.

It's on for tonight. For sure.


I got in this crap game

with this guy from F Company.

-He's an orderly for some general.

-Move it. Move it.

Hey, Hutchy!

Hutchy, I want to ask you something.

Hey, Hutchinson... you think they'd let me write

home? If it was really important?

Not likely, mate. Security.

I don't think old Churchill trusts us.

It's the wife, you see.

She's going to have a baby.

Your first, is it?

Oh, it's not mine, but I'm dead

worried about her.

She's not too strong, you see.

Man, that stink.

Diesel oil, backed-up toilets, vomit.

And there ain't no place left

to get sick in.

The puke bags is full.

The fire buckets is full.

All we got left is our helmets.


Every June my old man

used to take me camping...

...up in the Blue Mountains.

We'd hunt and fish all day long.

And at night...

...we'd sleep out under the stars.

Didn't even need a blanket.


Wind and rain. Wind and rain.

Don't it ever stop?

Look, Dad, all I want

to do is get going.

Wind or no wind. Even if we land

in Paris on the Eiffel Tower.

-Come to think of it...

-Colonel wants us.

All of us.

All troops will participate

in ground tactics and deployment.

In this weather, sir?

Of course, Harding, if you can ensure

that we'll land in France... sunshine and dry weather.

-Didn't mean that.

-What did you mean?

-It isn't the weather.

It's the waiting.

These men are itching to go.

I don't think I have to remind you...

...that this war has been going on

for almost five years.

Half of Europe has been

overrun and occupied.

We're comparative newcomers.

England's gone through a blitz with

a knife at her throat since 1940.

I am quite sure that they too

are impatient and itching to go.

Do I make myself clear?

Yes, sir. Quite clear.

Three million men penned up

on this island.

All over England,

in staging areas like this.

We're on the threshold

of the most crucial day of our times.

Three million men out there...

...keyed up, and waiting for

that big step-off.

They aren't exactly alone.

Notify the men. Full packs

and equipment, 14:00 hours.

Yes, sir.

This allows you more freedom.

Quicker to get rid of

when we hit the beach.


-It's on.

Tonight, as scheduled.

-If the weather isn't worse.

-How worse can it get?

Ike has called a high-level

conference for 9:30.

I am not Eisenhower. I am

an assistant division commander.

I don't know from nothing,

but he can't call it off again.

Frank, turn that thing off.

Four thousand ships loaded for bear.

Troops ready to go.

Eleven thousand planes on the line.

Eighteen thousand paratroopers.

God only knows how many gliders.

Norm, relax.

RAF says the gale can stop

as suddenly as it began.

So they told us yesterday

and the day before.

Look, Norm.

We're all of us just as...

...dedicated to this thing as you are,

just as anxious to get going.

And that includes Ike.

Now if he calls it off again,

he knows what he's doing.

Of course he does. I know that.

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Cornelius Ryan

Cornelius Ryan (5 June 1920 – 23 November 1974) was an Irish journalist and author mainly known for his writings on popular military history, especially his World War II books: The Longest Day: 6 June 1944 D-Day (1959), The Last Battle (1966), and A Bridge Too Far (1974). more…

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