To mark D-day anniversary, Kentucky Theatre plans 3 screenings of 'The Longest Day'

June 5, 2014 

John Wayne is among the big-name stars of The Longest Day, about the D-day invasion.

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The Kentucky Theatre will mark the 70th anniversary of the D-day invasion of the beaches of Normandy, France, by screening a movie about that seminal moment in World War II: The Longest Day.

The 1962 film focuses on preparations by Allied and Axis forces before the June 6, 1944, landings on France's northern coast.

Styled like a docudrama, the black-and-white film stars a veritable cavalcade of the era's top actors: John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Richard Burton, Sean Connery, Henry Fonda, Red Buttons, Rod Steiger, Peter Lawford, Robert Wagner and Paul Anka.

It was nominated for the Oscar for best picture (it lost to Lawrence of Arabia) but won two others, for cinematography and special effects.

The Longest Day runs a long time: 2 hours, 58 minutes.

The Kentucky Theatre, 214 East Main Street, will show it at noon Friday through Sunday. Admission is $6. (859) 231-7924. Kentuckytheater.com.

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