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The Longest Day

Action & Adventure and Military & War movie directed by Ken Annakin

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Leadership on the global scale

  • Aug 13, 2010

 As a retired army officer and an adjunct history professor I thought it was important to review what I consider the best war movies depicting the challenges of leadership and the command of men.
"The Longest Day" is one of the best movies showing how important it is for subordinate leaders to see the mission through when the plan falters from the start.  "The Longest Day" tells the story of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in WWII. There are 42 stars in the movie, some seen only briefly, who together interlace the story of five separate invasion points that made up the operation. Although the actual story and hardships depicted of the invasion of the movie outshines all the star power, John Wayne figures prominently as an airborne battalion commander.  I always liked John Wayne in war movies more than in westerns. 

This is a great movie showing the leadership challenges of conducting such a large military operation.

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review by . January 20, 2010
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Although there are many stars in this war movie, there is no star of the movie. It is also one of the best war movies ever made as it accurately chronicles the Allied invasion of France on D-Day. The German soldiers and officers speak German with English subtitles and are not depicted as bumbling clods that cannot shoot straight.    It opens with the depiction of the German officers trying to discern the Allied intentions as they read messages, debate the signals and oversee the work on …
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Recently graduated with a Masters in Humanities degree from Old Dominion University reading in philosophy and history. I graduated from the Univ. of Miami in 1980 with a B.A. in Political Science; specializing … more
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After seeingSaving Private Ryan, this epic tale about the Normandy invasion will look sanitized. But in its re-creation of events leading to the epochal battle, the film is captivating and grand, and the parade of famous actors who cross the screen naturally give the already charged action even more of a boost. Three directors worked on it: Ken Annakin (Battle of the Bulge), Andrew Marton (Crack in the World), and Bernhard Wicki (this film being his only credit).--Tom Keogh
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Director: Ken Annakin
Genre: War, Action, Adventure
Runtime: 178 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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