The Longest Day (1962)

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    There are 93 replies in this Thread. The last Post () by MichaelHarrison.

    • dukefan1 wrote:

      I understood your point. For historical accuracy, Duke looked way too old for the part. But Zanuck knew if he wanted this war movie to be successful, he had to have Duke in it. They seem to be more into accuracy in today's films than they did back in the day. Movies are roasted now, if they are not accurate to history. It didn't seem as important back then.
      I think a lot of old films would be criticised if they were made today. "Braveheart" was probably the most historically inaccurate film I've seen.

      Now everyone can easily find out the facts on wikipedia and other sites.
    • "The Longest Day" was filmed in black & white due to cost reasons as much as any...the movie "Cleopatra" was sucking up most of the financing of the studio (and almost bankrupted it) at the time and the war film had to cut costs where it could...and even then it was the most expensive black & white film ever done until "Schindler's List" in the '90s. I've read that Darryl Zanuck had to provide his own money to keep it going and complete it as he desired...true or not I can't say. Maybe it's an urban legend.

      There was a colorized version of the film released in the early '90s on videotape but other releases have all be in black & white...even blu-ray versions.
      "It was me...I shot Liberty Valance."
    • OriginalMexicanBob wrote:

      "The Longest Day" was filmed in black & white due to cost reasons as much as any...the movie "Cleopatra" was sucking up most of the financing of the studio (and almost bankrupted it) at the time and the war film had to cut costs where it could...and even then it was the most expensive black & white film ever done until "Schindler's List" in the '90s. I've read that Darryl Zanuck had to provide his own money to keep it going and complete it as he desired...true or not I can't say. Maybe it's an urban legend.

      There was a colorized version of the film released in the early '90s on videotape but other releases have all be in black & white...even blu-ray versions.
      They should colourise the film again as it would be of a higher quality, like the recolourisation of "The Shaggy Dog".

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