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THE LONGEST DAY
June 6, 2019  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

The broadcast and cable news operations presented live TV coverage this morning of the D-Day 75th anniversary tribute from Normandy, with Donald Trump giving what easily was the most measured and well-delivered speech of his presidency to date. Much of his speech was spent describing, and trying to paint vivid pictures of, what the young men were facing who stormed the beaches and jumped from airplanes that fateful, momentum-changing day of war in France. The Longest Day, released in 1962 (a mere 18 years after the 1944 invasion of Normandy), took three hours of celluloid to do the same thing, and TCM presents it tonight in prime time, as part of its own month-long Thursday salute to WWII movies. John Wayne and Henry Fonda star, along with Sean Connery and Richard Burton.

 
 
 
 
 
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