A long Days Dying 1968 film

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  1. Anyone remember this? Follows 3 Brit para's in Normandy, i think. Looking for a copy(DVD or on Video), anyone got one for sale or point me in the right direction? Cheers, paradox
  2. Use Google

    Quoted from various sources:

    "All I can remember is that it was about a small group of British paratroppers and is set during WW II. At one stage they capture a group of German paratroopers in a house/barn? and get them to sit down with their hands on their heads. One of the Germans tries to hide a bayonet, by sticking it in the floor of the building behind him but one of the Brits is wise to it. One of the British paras favourite weapon for close contact is a meat skewer ? I seem to remember that he is killed by his own weapon in the film. I thought a young David Hemmings was in this film, but I'm probably wrong as I can't find anything remotely like this movie in any of his filmographies. There's a sequence where the band of soldiers are walking through some trees and there's a "voice over" that is meant to portray what each solider is thinking ?? The Brits try to take the Germans back as prisoners, but underestimate how good the German troops are and come under attack from them at close quarter"

    "Sunds (sic) like a film called The Long Days Dying. Not seen on tv much, mores the pity, as I remember it being pretty good. David Hemmings was in it, with Tom Bell, Alan Dobie, can't remember anybody else. I remember seeing it in the late 60's when David Hemmings was the golden boy of British cinema. "



    This day in the life and death of three British paratroopers and their German prisoner is full of grime, gore, suspense and pretension. John (David Hemmings), Tom (Tom Bell) and Cliff (Tony Beckley) are holed up in a war-scarred country house in a European battle zone, waiting for their sergeant. They kid and bicker, establishing basic character traits (educated John, taciturn Tom, sadistic Cliff). They set out some booby traps, kill some Germans and capture one called Helmut (Alan Dobie). With Helmut in tow, they try to make their way back to their own lines, killing and being killed along the way.

    Death in this movie has a definite Grand Guignol quality. People don't just fall down and lie there with a stain on the uniform and maybe a twitch or two. They writhe and roll, gurgling and spouting the red stuff in enough quantities to make even a paratrooper throw up—which John does with emetic realism. There is also a double helping of portentous stream of consciousness on the sound track, plus some heavy-handed message mongering that is both otiose and silly. "Just you and me," observes one of the characters, lying near death in an inferno of exploding mortars and chattering machine guns. "Skill to live," the other says. "Skill to exist," the first corrects him.

    But the soldiers are convincingly unactorish, and the camera watches them well, making dramatic use of focus shifts (the credits list a focus technician as well as a cameraman and a photography director). At 28, British Director Peter Collinson (The Penthouse and Up the Junction), who doubled as co-producer of The Long Day's Dying, has the technical skills of moviemaking well in hand. Time now to concentrate on the intangibles. Like taste.

    The film has been seen on EBay a long time ago and is also available on Torrents.
  3. Given that copies of the poster for the film are on sale for £45 and that it had rave reviews I'd guess that they are on the shelf above the boxes of hen's teeth.

  4. Thanks Taff, just bought it, cheers bud. Whats the score with DVDR? I realise its a copy, but the seller says make sure your DVD player plays DVDR. Are there some that dont??
  5. chimera

    chimera LE Moderator

    Enjoy. It is a great movie. Showing my age but I saw it first time on TV when I was a Walting Army Cadet in the mid 70s and have never looked back!
  6. Not sure, think he means DVD-R or +R. I bought a few DVDs from him and they played ok. If it does not play on your DVD player, you could always copy it on your comp, to another DVD.
  7. Thanks Taff. Chimera, exactly when I saw it, also as a cadet!