Movie Monday: The Longest Day
A movie of epic proportions, The Longest Day recounts the WWII D-Day invasion of Normandy in June 1944 from all five invasion invasion sectors which constructed the gargantuan operation. Based on Cornelius Ryan's history book of the same moniker, it is the uncompromising authenticity of this star studded film that sets it apart from its counterparts. In place of modern day movie sentimentality and dramatic embellishment is a careful moment by moment build up to and execution of the day's momentous events from the interwoven viewpoints of Allied and Axis forces and the Free French Resistance. Alongside the big Hollywood names which appeared on screen, including Richard Burton, Sean Connery, John Wayne and Henry Fonda, were the behind the scenes military advisors who assisted in the production of the film and were actual participants in the Normandy Landings giving The Longest Day its much revered credibility. As devotees to maintaining the real McCoy in the production of our flight jackets, Cockpit USA are fans of the historical genuineness of this legendary movie making it a Movie Monday favorite!