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Parents' Guide to

The Longest Day

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Authentic 3-hour WWII D-Day drama; no graphic violence.

Movie G 1962 179 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

A great movie about the invasion of Normandy "D-Day!" But Don't be fooled by the G rating!

A classic movie, with amazing war scenes before the use of CGI! Though it is rated G, G ratings were different back then. If it were to be rated now, it would most likely be a PG or PG-13. Since it is a war movie, you'd probably expected deaths, and your right! Countless of soldiers are killed throughout the film. You'll see dozens of people dying during the sands of Normandy. Many deaths show no to little blood, but a few occasions you will see a person with a bloody patched up wound. Or blood around the face area. Many uses of swear words are said, about a couple of dozens uses of H*ll & D*amn, and one use of B**tard.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (3 ):

The Longest Day is a solid, engaging introduction to a heroic chapter in recent world history. A marvel in its day -- imagine re-creating authentic battle sequences without the help of computer-generated special effects or any of the technical advances of the last 50 years -- the film remains an artistic achievement and must be seen as a sincere effort to bring authenticity to a momentous historical event for moviegoers in 1962.

There's a decided simplicity to the story. The characters, as is the film itself, are black and white. The heroes have pure motives, uncompromising values, and steadfast allegiances. Most of the villains are desperate and ferocious in their efforts to hold back the Allied tide or glorify their Führer; some effort was made, however, to humanize at least a few of the German military elite. Though the film is certainly a vivid portrayal of combat, unlike many later battlefield movies, it does not focus on the graphic horrors of death and injury, nor is war depicted with brutal savagery.

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