The Longest Day Von Ryan's Express Tora! Tora! Tora!

15/09/2003
  |  Buy to Own: 15/09/2003
  |  421 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Collection of star-studded Second World War films. 'The Longest Day' (1962) has an all-star international cast and retells the events of the Allied Landings in Normandy in 1944. Events are seen from various points of view, including the Germans', in an epic and spectacular style. Along with the 43 international stars, the film used 23,000 Allied troops and, despite costing over $10 million to make, it has now become one of the most successful films of its genre. John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and Henry Fonda head the cast. In 'Von Ryan's Express' (1965), when US pilot Colonel Joseph Ryan (Frank Sinatra) is shot down and placed in a German POW camp, he is more concerned with his own survival than escape. The top-ranking officer in the camp, he is initially reviled by his fellow British and American prisoners, who nickname him 'Von Ryan'. However, Ryan eventually comes to lead them in a daring escape attempt, taking over from the commanding British officer (Trevor Howard) and the escapees face many hazards as they commandeer a train to make their way across Italy, closely followed by the Nazis. Finally, 'Tora! Tora! Tora!' (1970) covers Japan's 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. Told from the perspective of both the Japanese and the Americans, it draws upon the talents of four different directors - including Richard Fleischer and Kinji Fukasuku - and at a cost of $25 million, was one of the most expensive movies ever made. The film won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects.