The Longest Day
- Directed by Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, Gerd Oswald and Darryl F. Zanuck. Written by Cornelius Ryan, Romain Gary, James Jones, David Pursall and Jack Seddon.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower
- [deciding on launching the invasion amidst bad weather] I'm quite positive we must give the order. I don't like it, but there it is. Gentlemen, I don't see how we can possibly do anything... but go.
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
- [receives news of the invasion just as he celebrates with his wife on her birthday] Normandy. How stupid of me! How stupid!
Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt
- [stunned at the invasion's actual location] An invasion in Normandy would be against all laws of military logic – against all logic, utterly.
- Major General Gunther Blumentritt: This is history. We are living an historical moment. We are going to lose the war because our glorious Führer has taken a sleeping pill and is not to be awakened. Sometimes I wonder which side God is on.
- Father Louis Roulland: [addressing congregation in in Sainte-Mère-Église; translated from French] In the heart of the darkness, in the deepest of the night, we must never lose hope. Let us keep our faith intact, steadfast! For each of us, deliverance is coming.
- Oberst Josef "Pips" Priller: [having just strafed Gold and Juno Beaches with wingman Herbert Huppertz] Head for home, Bergsdorf! That was the great moment of the German Luftwaffe!
- Capt. Colin Maud, RN: Get off the beach! Move inland! Get off the beach! Move inland! The sooner we get off this beach, the sooner they'll stop this blasted shelling. It's very bad for the dog.
- Flying Officer David Campbell: [to American soldier Schultz] He's dead. I'm crippled. You're lost. I suppose it's always like that. I mean war.
- Allied Radio Announcer: [in French] There is fire at the travel agency. Wounds my heart with a monotonous languor. John has a long mustache.
- [Field Marshall Erwin Rommel inspects the Atlantic Wall]
- Field Marshal Erwin Rommel: We need mines and obstacles along the whole coast. On every beach, in every dune, on every cliff. How many have been installed so far?
- Adjutant Lang: Approximately four million, Herr Feldmarschall.
- Rommel: Until May it must be six! Six million!
- Oberstleutnant Hans von Salmuth: Our men have been operating continuously, Herr Feldmarschall. There can be no talk about sufficient rest. The troop is completely exhausted.
- Rommel: My dear Herr von Salmuth, what would your men rather like to be: exhausted or dead?" [marches in front of the coastline] Just have a look at this, gentlemen ... how calm, how peaceful this is. A small strip of water between England and the continent, between the Allies and us. - But behind that peaceful horizon ... a monster! A solid mass of men, ships and planes which is lying in wait to be released upon us. But gentlemen, not one man of the Allies shall set foot upon the beach. Not one soldier of the Allies will ever reach the shore. This invasion, gentlemen, wherever and whenever it may come, there! - right at the water's edge - right there I will break it up! Believe me, gentlemen, the first 24 hours of the invasion will be decisive! For the Allies, but also for the Germans, it will be the longest day ... the longest day."
- [Lt. Col Vandervoort addresses troops]
- Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Vandervoort: I don't think I have to remind you that this war has been going on for almost five years. Over 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'm quite sure that they, too, are impatient and itching to go. Do I make myself clear?
- Capt. Harding: Yes, sir. Quite clear.
- Vandervoort: 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, just waiting for that big step-off. We aren't exactly alone. Notify the men, full packs and equipment 1400 hours.
- Capt. Harding: Yes, sir.
- [General Wolfgang Häger and Oberst Josef Priller argue about the deployment of Luftwaffe units away from the French coast]
- Adjutant: [to the phone] Just a moment, Herr Oberst. [to his superior] I wonder why he hasn't been court-martialled yet.
- General Wolfgang Häger: First of all, he has shot down 132 planes. [speaks jovially] Hello, Pips, my old boy!
- Oberst Josef Priller: [sarcastically, irritably] Now don't try to get me this way: 'Pips, my old boy!' My dear Hart, you were an abysmal pilot when we were in Russia together. Now you're directing from a desk - BUT YOU'RE STILL AN ABYSMAL PILOT!
- Häger: Excuse me? What are you talking about?
- Priller: I'm just talking about sitting on this empty, God-forsaken airfield near Lille, with only two planes left ... two pathetic bangers! - [drinks] Yes, yes - your orders were followed to the letter, that means that my three squadrons are flitting around God-knows-where! Ground crews, supplies, everything is ferried around by truck. So can you tell me what I'm still supposed to do here?!
- Häger: [irritably] "Now listen up, Pips. We had to spread out our combat squadrons - we had to! Just look at what's been happening at the airfields near Pars-de-Calais for the past two nights now!
- Priller: "But this whole idea is pure madness! Madness, I'm telling you!! You're placing all the detachments to the rear instead of the front! - Yeah, yeah, I know myself that the weather is dreadful and that they will hardly come over here with their invasion in all this muck ... but what happens if they do? Will we relocate then, eh? - You know damn well that I can't contact my supply units within the space of tomorrow or the day after! Oh man, you're all just crazy. YOU'RE TOTALLY NUTS, MAN!! [slams down the receiver]
- [At his coastal observation post, Major Werner Pluskat is stunned to see the Allied invasion fleet just offshore and reports to headquarters]
- Major Pluskat: Herr Oberstleutnant! The invasion has come! Five thousand ships, there - there must be over 5,000 ships out there!!
- Oberstleutnant Ocker: [ignorantly confident] Now get a hold of yourself, Pluskat. The Americans and the British don't have half as that many ships all together.
- Pluskat: DAMMIT, IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME, COME UP HERE AND SEE FOR YOURSELF!! - That's fantastic! That's unbelievable! I-I just can't believe it!
- Ocker: [chuckling] My dear Pluskat, what course are these ships heading for?
- Pluskat: STRAIGHT FOR ME!!!
- [the Allied shelling begins, and Pluskat is in the thick of it]
- Oberstleutnant Ocker: Pluskat? Pluskat, can you hear me?! What's the matter with you?? Pluskat, what's going on there??"
- Major Pluskat: "Are you deaf?! Can't you - [a blast holes the bunker roof] Dammit, can't you hear for yourself?!? Yes! We're under fire! Yeah - under fire!! Those five thousand ships the Allies couldn't possibly have as you say - they've got 'em! Yeah, they've got 'em!!
- [at Sword Beach, Capt. Maud's irritated at seeing a Bren Gun carrier acting up.]
- Capt. Colin Maud: My old grandmother used to say anything mechanical, give it a good bash. [Hits hood with his swagger stick] Try it now. [vehicle cranks]
- Private Flanagan: [to Clough] Sure, now; that did it. [Maud looks at him] Ah, now that's what I call a hell of a man!
- Pvt. Clough: Aye, I like his dog too.
- Maud: Move inland. The war's that way!
- [BG Teddy Roosevelt reevaluates map with his men]
- Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr.: As best I can figure it, we're on the wrong beach. The control boat must have been confused by the smoke from the naval bombardment. They landed us about a mile and a quarter south of where we were supposed to land. We should be up there.
- Col. Caffey: I agree with you, but what are we gonna do now? Our reinforcements and heavy equipment will be approaching in a very few minutes. What if they land at the right beach?
- Roosevelt: The reinforcements will have to follow us wherever we are. We're starting the war from right here. Head inland. We're going inland.
|Patrick Barr||J.M. Stagg|
|Richard Burton||Flying Officer David Campbell|
|Bryan Coleman||Ronald Callen|
|Sean Connery||Private Flanagan|
|Leo Genn||Brigadier General Edwin P. Parker Jr.|
|John Gregson||British Padre|
|Donald Houston||RAF pilot at flight base|
|Simon Lack||Air Marshal Trafford Leigh-Mallory, Commander Allied Air Forces|
|Peter Lawford||Lord Lovat, Commander 1st Special Service Brigade|
|Michael Medwin||Private Watney|
|Kenneth More||Capt. Colin Maud|
|Louis Mounier||Air Marshal Arthur William Tedder, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander|
|Leslie Phillips||Royal Air Force officer|
|Trevor Reid||General Bernard Montgomery, Commander Allied Ground Forces|
|John Robinson||Admiral Bertram Ramsay, Commander Allied Naval Forces|
|Norman Rossington||Private Clough|
|Richard Todd||John Howard|
|Richard Wattis||British Paratrooper|
|Eddie Albert||Colonel Thompson|
|Paul Anka||U.S. Army Ranger|
|Richard Beymer||Private Schultz|
|Red Buttons||Private John Steele|
|Ray Danton||Captain Frank|
|Fred Dur||U.S. Army Ranger Major|
|Fabian Forte||U.S. Army Ranger|
|Mel Ferrer||Major General Robert Haines|
|Henry Fonda||Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt Jr.,
4th Infantry Div.
|Steve Forrest||Captain Harding|
|Henry Grace||General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander|
|Peter Helm||Young GI|
|Jeffrey Hunter||Sergeant (later Lt.) John H. Fuller|
|Alexander Knox||Major General Walter Bedell Smith, SHAEF Chief of Staff|
|Dewey Martin||Private Wilder|
|Roddy McDowall||Private Morris|
|John Meillon||Admiral Alan G. Kirk, Senior U.S. Naval Commander|
|Sal Mineo||Private Martini|
|Robert Mitchum||Brigadier General Norman Cota, Asst. Commander US 29th Infantry Div.|
|Edmond O'Brien||Major General Raymond O. Barton, Commander 4th Infantry Div.|
|Ron Randell||Joe Williams|
|Robert Ryan||Brigadier General James M. Gavin, Commander 82nd Airborne Div.|
|Tommy Sands||U.S. Army Ranger|
|George Segal||U.S. Army Ranger|
|Rod Steiger||Destroyer Commander|
|Nicholas Stuart||Lieutenant General Omar N. Bradley, Commander US First Army|
|Tom Tryon||Lieutenant Wilson|
|Robert Wagner||U.S. Army Ranger|
|John Wayne||Lt. Col. Benjamin Vandervoort,
Commander 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Reg.
|Stuart Whitman||Lieutenant Sheen|
|Arletty Bathiat||Madame Barrault|
|Jean-Louis Barrault||Father Louis Roulland|
|Irina Demick||Janine Boitard (French Resistance)|
|Christian Marquand||Capitaine de Frégate Philippe Kieffer
Commander French Navy commandos
|Madeleine Renaud||Mother Superior|
|Georges Rivière||Sergeant Guy de Montlaur|
|Jean Servais||Contre-amiral Janjard|
|Georges Wilson||Alexandre Renaud|
|Hans Christian Blech||Major Werner Pluskat|
|Wolfgang Büttner||Dr. Hans Speidel|
|Gert Fröbe||Unteroffizier "Kaffeekanne"|
|Paul Hartmann||Generalfeldmarschall Gerd von Rundstedt|
|Werner Hinz||Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel|
|Karl John||Generalleutnant Wolfgang Häger|
|Curd Jürgens||General der Infanterie Günther Blumentritt|
|Til Kiwe||Hauptmann Helmuth Lang|
|Wolfgang Lukschy||Generaloberst Alfred Jodl|
|Kurt Meisel||Ernst Düring|
|Richard Münch||General der Artillerie Erich Marcks|
|Hartmut Reck||Bernhard Bergsdorf|
|Heinz Reincke||Oberst Josef "Pips" Priller|
|Ernst Schröder||Generaloberst Hans von Salmuth|
|Heinz Spitzner||Helmuth Meyer|
|Wolfgang Preiss||Generalmajor Max Pemsel|
|Peter van Eyck||Oberstleutnant Ocker|
|Vicco "Loriot" von Bülow||Unknown German officer|
- 42 STARS IN THE LONGEST DAY
- This is the day that changed the world... When history held its breath.
- 42 International Stars!