THE LONGEST DAY – The Film To mark the anniversary of the D-Day landings.

 In 1944, the U.S. Army and Allied forces plan a huge invasion landing in Normandy, France. Despite bad weather, General Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the okay and the Allies land at Normandy. General Norma Cota travels with his men onto Omaha Beach. With much effort, and lost life, they get off the beach, travelling deep into French territory. The German military, due to arrogance, ignorance and a sleeping Adolf Hitler, delay their response to the Allied landing, with crippling results.

 "For the Allies as well as the Germans, it will be the longest day. The longest day."


Many of the cast actually served in WWII. This is a great film worth seeing again!!


Showing at 3.00 and 7.00 at Emsworth Community Cinema, in the Community Centre, North Street, Emsworth. Doors open at 2.30 and 6.30

Tickets are £5 including free refreshments. Tickets available from Bookends, 7 High Street, Emsworth, and the Community Centre Office weekdays from 10am to 1pm, also on the door. For more information call 01243 3738905.


The preparation for the landings was from Hayling Island Yacht Club where the Special Operations planned the surveys of the beaches to enable the invasion. Very brave people – kayaks, midget submarines, swimmers, etc.!  A short talk will be given before the film about this work

The cast is very impressive:

The film features a large international ensemble cast that includes John WayneKenneth MoreRichard ToddRobert MitchumRichard BurtonSteve ForrestSean ConneryHenry FondaRed ButtonsPeter LawfordEddie AlbertJeffrey HunterStuart WhitmanTom TryonRod SteigerLeo GennGert FröbeIrina DemickBourvilCurd JürgensGeorge SegalRobert WagnerPaul Anka and Arletty. Many of these actors played roles that were essentially cameo appearances. Several cast members had seen action as servicemen during the war, including Albert, Fonda, Genn, More, Steiger and Todd, the latter having been among the first British officers to land in Normandy in Operation Overlord and participate in the assault on Pegasus Bridge.