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D-Day, the Sixth of June (1956)

Robert Taylor , Richard Todd , Henry Koster  |  NR |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Taylor, Richard Todd, Dana Wynter, Edmond O'Brien, John Williams
  • Directors: Henry Koster
  • Writers: Harry Brown, Ivan Moffat, Lionel Shapiro
  • Producers: Charles Brackett
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 4.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2002
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063URY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,901 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "D-Day, the Sixth of June" on IMDb

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Robert Taylor portrays an American officer on the front lines of the massive Allied landing, whose special commando unit must destroy a key German gun position. But for Capt. Parker (Taylor), the mission is also fraught with personal complications because he and his commander (Richard Todd) are in love with the same woman (Dana Wynter). Featuring Edmond O'Brien, and building to a stirring climax on the beaches of Normandy, D-Day The Sixth Of June is a moving story of courage and sacrifice both on and off the battlefield.

D-Day the Sixth of June is a misleading title for a very tame wartime romance with barely 10 minutes of combat in the last reel. What we mostly get is a year's worth of flashbacks depicting the reluctant, London-based affair of a married U.S. staff officer (Robert Taylor) and a British Red Cross worker (Dana Wynter) whose commando suitor (Richard Todd) is fighting in Africa. To be sure, the emotional desperation and embattled decency of good people in time of war is as worthy of film treatment as any military campaign, and the script works preinvasion Anglo-American tensions into the story. But the CinemaScope production is utterly formulaic, with leaden direction by Henry Koster. Wynter's porcelain beauty apparently didn't permit changes of expression, and Taylor looks about 15 years past his prime. On the plus side, the DVD serves up Lee Garmes's pleasantly pastel Deluxe Color with commendable crispness. --Richard T. Jameson

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Formulaic love triangle amid wartorn London July 10, 2002
The title of this movie is deceptive advertising, the war is a backdrop to a very predictable love triangle. There is about 15 minutes of decent action which recreates (but does not credit)the Point du Hoc battle. Robert Tayor is sincere but 10 years to old to be a Captain leading troops in 1946. Dana Wynter is pretty enough to inspire two manly suitors but oddly doesn't seem to have any real passionate feelings for either. The brit commando third of this triangle is likable but out of the picture for all but a few minutes at the beginning and at the end. In short, a chic flic spun with a not very compelling tried and true wartime love triangle. Solid actors try but fail with mediocre material.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Formula '50's romance/adventure April 13, 2000
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If you're expecting anything like "Saving Private Ryan" or "The Longest Day," you've come to the wrong film. This film focuses primarily on the love interests of Todd and Taylor for Dana Wynter (a rather lovely Dana at That). The second world war focuses primarily as a backdrop.
The film takes place in England and the English are stereotyped as American loathers and ingrates. This is admittedly hard for the viewer to stomach. We are also treated to a mundane script which doesn't give the good ol' boys (Richard Todd, Robert Taylor, Jerry Paris) much to chew on.
The film redeems itself somewhat in the end with an excellent although short pre-invasion landing on one of Normandy's beaches by American and British troops. The battle sequences are effective and very convincing as the group attempts to knock out a bunker complex.
In true Hollywood fashion, the film concludes with Dana Wynter fading into the sunset, having lost both her loves, one at the Normandy landing, the other through mutual self-righteousness. There's nothing to sink your teeth into here, but if you like candy coated versions of war, this is a good place to start.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time March 16, 2003
Michael Bay must have studied this film before he made his own execrable "Pearl Harbor." In both cases, the filmmakers cynically titled their product after a famous WWII battle although they were really more interested in developing a dull, cliched love triangle than honestly confronting and exploring the meaning, experience, and drama of a significant historical event. At least, Bay relieved the tedium with some action. "D-Day" director Henry Koster doesn't address the actual invasion until the final ten minutes or so of this overlong film, and by then it is far too little far too late. Robert Taylor, Dana Wynter, and Richard Todd deliver their performances with all the animation of store-front mannequins. Taylor is far too old for this role, but Wynter, at least, is very nice to look at.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Is This a War Movie or A Love Story??! August 16, 2002
Disapointing. I was looking forward to a good action movie, but most of the movie is a love story, and the movie only gets to D-Day at the very end. The title is misleading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Waterloo Bridge it ain't January 21, 2009
This 1956 effort is pure production line stuff given a CinemaScope and Stereophonic gloss, with the emphasis on romantic, rather than military, manoeuvres. Robert Taylor (understandably) loves Dana Wynter, who also (not so understandably) loves Richard Todd; Edmond O'Brien loves glory; and John Williams just hangs around the sidelines of both plot and frame as the quintessential old-world fogey. After much talk, guilt and plot contrivances, O'Brien loses his nerve, Taylor loses the girl and Todd loses even more. Waterloo Bridge it ain't.

Very much an American take on the invasion (although in fact it deals primarily with a diversionary raid), Taylor's arrogance and the screenplay's clumsy culture clashes do give off an unfortunate aura of seeing the British as a bunch of ingrates who couldn't tie their shoelaces without help from the Yanks that is less than endearing. Sample dialogue: "I don't go for them Limeys. They talk fast, but fight slow." The Home Guard too are singled out for contempt. The very few other British to make it into the film are of the "Cor, luvaduck guv'nor" variety, although, to be fair, even fewer Germans are on view - while not exactly a cheapie, the budget obviously didn't extend to more than five German uniforms.

Despite director Henry Koster's limited visual imagination - if there are three people in any given shot, you can bet he'll line them up left, right and centre without fail - and a total absence of close-ups so prevalent in early widescreen pictures, the old-fashioned CinemaScope is a virtue and one of the chief reasons for buying this: with little in the way of battle scenes and much mushy stuff, this is more one for undemanding romantics and readers of Harlequin romances than the Boys Own brigade.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining June 2, 2007
I love this movie - always have. I guess I'm more interested in the entertainment value than combat scenes (after all, "From Here to Eternity" is considered a classic and there is only a very small amount of combat at the end in that one as well). Of course, I would probably like any movie that had Dana Wynter, Robert Taylor and Richard Todd in it. Do I think this movie is Academy Award worthy? Of course not, but this movie is reminiscent of the old Hollywood love stories that I have enjoyed so much throughout my life and it has a wonderful cast.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars I watched because Richard Todd is a favorite of mine the one star is...
I watched because Richard Todd is a favorite of mine the one star is for him
Published 27 days ago by grambeau
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie is garbage. Cheating is winked at and a terrible American...
This movie is garbage. Cheating is winked at and a terrible American Officer who can't execute a proper Parachute Landing Fall or maneuver troops while under fire skulks in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by David R Jaquith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Karen Simpson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good ove story with great actors, but not much about D--day.
Published 2 months ago by Carmen L. Spindler
4.0 out of 5 stars FIRST CLASS STORY
Published 9 months ago by BILGEBOB
5.0 out of 5 stars War is Hell
In the midst of War there is love. This is the best love story I have seen in a long time Robert Taylor is very good in this film it keeps you interested through to the final seen. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Leo Younglowe
4.0 out of 5 stars A Thoughtful Look at War
Viewers who want an all out action war movie with guns blazing and corpse strewn landscapes should avoid D-Day the Sixth of June. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Judith E. Hanhisalo
1.0 out of 5 stars Not A War Story
This is not a war story, its a love story. I was really disappointed. I thought it would be somewhat like the ' The Longest Day"
movie. Read more
Published 13 months ago by James P. Curoe
2.0 out of 5 stars D-Day movie
I really thought this movie was only fair. The plot was more on a love scene instead of the invasion. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jack M. Cook
3.0 out of 5 stars Love or War?
This movie spent all of 8 minutes on the beaches of Normandy. The entire film massaged the audience with a love story. There are plenty of great D-Day movies... Read more
Published 17 months ago by History On Fire
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