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D-Day, June 6, 1944: Favorite D-Day Movies
Vanity | June 6, 2010 | Vanity

Posted on 06/06/2010 2:04:06 PM PDT by PROCON

Last week, during Memorial Day weekend, we had fun telling of our favorite WWII movies .

On this solemn day, what are you're favorite D-Day movies?


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My favs are (again), "The Longest Day" and "Saving Private Ryan"...how about your favs?
1 posted on 06/06/2010 2:04:06 PM PDT by PROCON
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To: PROCON

“The Longest Day” and “Saving Private Ryan”. No contest.


2 posted on 06/06/2010 2:06:10 PM PDT by unkus
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To: PROCON

Private Ryan.


3 posted on 06/06/2010 2:06:33 PM PDT by THX 1138 ("Harry, I have a gift.")
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To: PROCON

The Big Red One


4 posted on 06/06/2010 2:08:07 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: PROCON

The Longest Day. Saving Private Ryan had excellent special effects but the plot was ludicrous and had many factual errors per my father who landed on Omaha Beach On D-Day.


5 posted on 06/06/2010 2:08:51 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: unkus
These were REAL MEN!!


6 posted on 06/06/2010 2:09:35 PM PDT by PROCON (Proudly Served U.S. Army 6/69-1/72 & 12/75-1/82)
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To: PROCON

The Longest Day.

The Dirty Dozen. (The raid took place on D-Day)


7 posted on 06/06/2010 2:10:22 PM PDT by ILS21R
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To: PROCON

My son and I watched the first two episodes of “Band of Brothers” last night.


8 posted on 06/06/2010 2:11:36 PM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: PROCON

Hard to beat the “Longest Day”.

John has a long mustache


9 posted on 06/06/2010 2:12:42 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: PROCON

The Allied forces face the daunting cliffs at Normandy June 6, 1944.
10 posted on 06/06/2010 2:12:57 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (11/03/2010 - What did Obama know and when did he know it?)
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To: PROCON
"Saving Private Ryan" for the realism portrayed at Omaha Beach - you REALLY could feel what it must have been like for those guys ...

Brig. Gen. Norman Cota (Robert Mitchum) in "The Longest Day" for the following quote:

"Only two kinds of people are gonna stay on this beach: those that are already dead and those that are gonna die. Now get off your butts. You guys are the Fighting 29th."

11 posted on 06/06/2010 2:13:13 PM PDT by Lmo56
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To: PROCON

The Longest Day!


12 posted on 06/06/2010 2:16:04 PM PDT by tallyhoe
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My favorite scenes involved the two lone German pilots, and how much disdain they had for their superiors.

Col. Josef ‘Pips’ Priller: [speaking in German] Thank you, my dear Hans! You have just killed both of us!
[slams down phone]

Luftwaffe major: It is getting very difficult to get any sleep around here.

Col. Josef ‘Pips’ Priller: Your prospects for a long sleep have just improved. The invasion has begun at Normandy. We are to fly there and attack with our two planes.


13 posted on 06/06/2010 2:16:14 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: HereInTheHeartland
"Hard to beat the “Longest Day”."

No doubt.

14 posted on 06/06/2010 2:17:24 PM PDT by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: BulletBobCo
My son and I watched the first two episodes of “Band of Brothers” last night.

Just a GREAT series, have the DVD's and watch often!

15 posted on 06/06/2010 2:17:36 PM PDT by PROCON (Proudly Served U.S. Army 6/69-1/72 & 12/75-1/82)
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To: PROCON

Absolutely!


16 posted on 06/06/2010 2:18:36 PM PDT by unkus
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To: dfwgator

I can picture that scene without even trying. I must have seen that movie 10 times. “Patton” at least 15 times.


17 posted on 06/06/2010 2:22:00 PM PDT by unkus
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To: unkus

BTW, I served in RVN a year before you with A 1/9 Cav, thank you for your Service!!


18 posted on 06/06/2010 2:22:22 PM PDT by PROCON (Proudly Served U.S. Army 6/69-1/72 & 12/75-1/82)
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To: PROCON
Has anyone visited Normandy and walked the beaches?
It's high on my list of things to do.
19 posted on 06/06/2010 2:24:27 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: unkus

That is one of the great things about The Longest Day, the Germans weren’t just these blood thirsty madman like they are usually portrayed. They were just as scared out of their wits as the Allies storming the beaches, and knew they were screwed.

Like the scene with Richard Burton, when he pointed out that the dead German soldier there next to him had put his boots on the wrong feet.


20 posted on 06/06/2010 2:26:31 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: HereInTheHeartland
Has anyone visited Normandy and walked the beaches? It's high on my list of things to do.

Mine too! :=)

21 posted on 06/06/2010 2:26:51 PM PDT by PROCON (Proudly Served U.S. Army 6/69-1/72 & 12/75-1/82)
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To: PROCON

Thank you for your service, too. Welcome Home!


22 posted on 06/06/2010 2:27:13 PM PDT by unkus
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To: unkus
Welcome Home!

You too, can't believe it's been 40 years!

23 posted on 06/06/2010 2:28:57 PM PDT by PROCON (Proudly Served U.S. Army 6/69-1/72 & 12/75-1/82)
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To: Man50D

I too thought the SPR plot was ludicrous. The two big battle scenes, however, at the beginning and end were top notch. TLD was good, but ... a little too long.


24 posted on 06/06/2010 2:30:09 PM PDT by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: dfwgator

Like the scene with Richard Burton, when he pointed out that the dead German soldier there next to him had put his boots on the wrong feet.


The movie was full of scenes like that and that’s probably the most appealing thing about it.

Even little remarks such as Rommel and his wife’s shoes.


25 posted on 06/06/2010 2:30:33 PM PDT by unkus
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To: ILS21R

The Dirty Dozen. (The raid took place on D-Day)


Did it? Don’t seem to remember them saying that.


26 posted on 06/06/2010 2:30:51 PM PDT by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: PROCON

I know! I’ll be 60 next Feb.

One of the worst World War II movies was “Battle of the Bulge” with Henry Fonda and Robert Ryan.


27 posted on 06/06/2010 2:32:38 PM PDT by unkus
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One of the worst World War II movies was “Battle of the Bulge” with Henry Fonda and Robert Ryan.

Agreed, dreadful.

28 posted on 06/06/2010 2:33:01 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: PROCON

Other than the Military Channel, have not seen much on the left boob tube today re D-Day.


29 posted on 06/06/2010 2:33:28 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (Read the Bible. It tells you clearly about these times. These days are all covered, clearly, there)
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To: PROCON

“The Longest Day”


30 posted on 06/06/2010 2:33:40 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: rbg81

It was supposed to take place in advance of the D-Day attack to create as much disruption in the German chain of command immediately before the landings.


31 posted on 06/06/2010 2:33:54 PM PDT by dfwgator
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I always thought so. After they run through the drill for the last time, Lee Marvin says something like “D-Day, and lets hope the invasion hasn’t been a complete disaster.” I watch the end of it tonight.


32 posted on 06/06/2010 2:37:01 PM PDT by ILS21R
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I think John Wayne’s roll in “The Longest Day” wasn’t up to par for him. I didn’t care for the roll he played in the movie.


33 posted on 06/06/2010 2:37:44 PM PDT by unkus
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Gleaned these from a website.

Hollywood Films About D-Day: 1. The Longest Day (1962): Darryl F. Zanuck's ambitious and expensive recreation of the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy, is one of the best -- if somewhat flawed -- war films ever made. Boasting an all-star cast of 41 "A-List" (for 1962, that is) actors from four countries and filmed in various locations around France (Corsica doubling for most of the five invasion beaches on northern France) and made with the assistance of NATO's armed forces, The Longest Day was, for over 30 years, the most expensive movie ever shot in black and white. It's the only major movie to attempt to convey the scope and drama of the D-Day landings from a multinational viewpoint. 2. Saving Private Ryan (1998): If 1993's Schindler's List was director Steven Spielberg's soul-searching and ultimately redemptive examination of why we fought the war (the movie graphically shows the Third Reich's true nature as an evil regime), then 1998's Saving Private Ryan is the emotional bookend that depicts the sacrifices made by citizen-soldiers who put their lives on hold -- and often lost them -- to save the world from becoming a charnel house ruled by Adolf Hitler and his Axis partners. It is a powerful if viscerally graphic film that has, in retrospect, reawakened our nation's interest in World War II and made us realize, however belatedly, how much we owe to the men and women of the rapidly dwindling "Greatest Generation." Based loosely on the real story of the Niland brothers, Saving Private Ryan tells the tale of an eight-man squad of U.S. Army Rangers detailed to retrieve Pvt. James Ryan from Normandy after the death of his three brothers. Featuring the most intense and realistic cinematic depiction of the D-Day invasion, Spielberg's film is certainly far more violent and bloody than its closest cinematic cousin, Darryl Zanuck's The Longest Day. 3. The Big Red One (1980): Although Sam Fuller’s semi-autobiographical film covers more of World War II than just the Normandy invasion, The Big Red One does have a D-Day invasion sequence that, made with a smaller budget and showing only a tiny sliver of Omaha Beach, still captures the emotional and physical horrors faced by the young G.I.’s of the 1st Infantry Division as they hit the beaches under heavy German fire. Starring Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine, and Bobby Di Cicco, this film wasn’t a big hit, but it is perhaps one of the most honest war movies ever made. 4. D-Day: The Sixth of June (1956): Robert Taylor, Dana Wynter, and D-Day veteran Richard Todd star in this somewhat melodramatic romance set mostly in pre-D-Day Britain during the build-up to the Normandy invasion. Taylor plays a married U.S. Army colonel who’s in love with Valerie Russell (Wynter), who’s also involved with Lt. Col. John Wynter (Todd). The film is essentially an extended flashback as the two officers head to the Normandy beaches and exchange tales about the woman they are unwittingly both in love with. 5. The Americanization of Emily (1964): One of the strangest films loosely tied to the Normandy invasion, this dark comedy, written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Arthur Hiller, is a combination of bittersweet romance and a satire about war, inter-service rivalry, and public relations in general. Starring James Garner, Julie Andrews, and Melvyn Douglas, its D-Day connection comes from an admiral’s nutty idea, hatched to upstage the Army, of having the first American fatal casualty on Omaha Beach be a Navy man. 6. Ike: Countdown to D-Day (2004): Tom Selleck stars as Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower in this original made-for-cable movie that dramatizes the Allied Supreme Commander’s tension-filled life during the preparations for D-Day. Co-starring Gerald McRaney as Lt. Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., this modestly budgeted film is more of a character study of a man under intense pressure as the fate of the free world rides on his every command decision.

34 posted on 06/06/2010 2:38:11 PM PDT by PROCON (Proudly Served U.S. Army 6/69-1/72 & 12/75-1/82)
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I think John Wayne’s roll in “The Longest Day” wasn’t up to par for him. I didn’t care for the roll he played in the movie.

"One click, is to be answered with two clicks..."

35 posted on 06/06/2010 2:42:57 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: PROCON

Thanks.


36 posted on 06/06/2010 2:43:12 PM PDT by unkus
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Yes, in 1977, I visited France and literally bummed around. Since I could speak reasonably passable French, it wasn’t a problem; however, many Normans made a great effort to try to speak English. I stayed at a small inn run by an elderly couple in Ste. Mere Eglise; they showed me photos and souvenirs and were very appreciative.

At that time, you could still find small pieces of rusty metal or spent shells on the beach. The tides were terrible in late May.

I believe there are several websites that show photos of Normandy then and now; many of the same buildings are still there.

The visit to the American cemetery on a cold, damp afternoon makes for pretty bad photography but it certainly sets the mood for such a large resting place. The older caretakers seemed much more respectful than the younger workers. As I was leaving, a busload of older Americans and their wives had just arrived. The third man noticed me and smiled and I just said, “Hi!” Wish I could have said more.


37 posted on 06/06/2010 2:43:20 PM PDT by 12Gauge687 (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice)
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To: dfwgator

“One click, is to be answered with two clicks...”


Right. Wayne was not right for that roll. Robert Mitchum as Gen. Cota was great but he and John wayne would have been better switching rolls.


38 posted on 06/06/2010 2:46:44 PM PDT by unkus
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And of course, The Longest Day wins the award for "Hottest French Resistance Babe"


39 posted on 06/06/2010 2:47:00 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: unkus

Nah, Mitchum was perfect as Cota.


40 posted on 06/06/2010 2:48:18 PM PDT by dfwgator
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she is perfect


41 posted on 06/06/2010 2:49:05 PM PDT by advertising guy (Consumer Of Confiscated Liquors Czar)
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To: PROCON
I always liked the scene where the Frenchmen goes crazy waving his flag amidst the bombardment...shouting & laughing with joy, despite the danger. His joy is infectious. I also can't help but laugh about the portly German on the mule with the water cans...he's Goldfinger!
42 posted on 06/06/2010 2:51:24 PM PDT by americanophile (November can't come fast enough....)
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She was Producer Darryl F Zanuck’s lover at the time, that’s why she was cast in the film.


43 posted on 06/06/2010 2:52:05 PM PDT by dfwgator
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Nah, Mitchum was perfect as Cota.


Yeah, you’re right. His whole manner was great. He even found that last cigar before he said “Take me up the hill, son”.


44 posted on 06/06/2010 2:54:20 PM PDT by unkus
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To: dfwgator

She was a “distraction” to the Germans, for sure.


45 posted on 06/06/2010 2:55:24 PM PDT by unkus
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To: dfwgator

she was awesome


46 posted on 06/06/2010 2:55:28 PM PDT by advertising guy (Consumer Of Confiscated Liquors Czar)
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To: americanophile
he's Goldfinger!

Wow, you're right, in my minds eye, I remeber his face, (and girth)...LOL!

47 posted on 06/06/2010 2:56:25 PM PDT by PROCON (Proudly Served U.S. Army 6/69-1/72 & 12/75-1/82)
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To: unkus

I meant “Run me up the hill, son”.


48 posted on 06/06/2010 2:57:16 PM PDT by unkus
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I always liked the scene where the Frenchmen goes crazy waving his flag amidst the bombardment...shouting & laughing with joy, despite the danger. His joy is infectious.

LOL, his wife's reaction to him was hillarious, even trying to see what got into the soup to make him act like that.

49 posted on 06/06/2010 2:57:29 PM PDT by dfwgator
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I saw parts of it the other day. Totally unwatchable. The script and the acting so contrived, it was sickening.


50 posted on 06/06/2010 2:58:28 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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