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Who was the actor who was with Richard Burton at the end of the movie The Longest Day? I saw so many of the cast names and said I didn't see him like Robert Wagner-missed him. But I have no clue who that actor was-he was a member of the 82nd Airborne and he gives Richard a ciggarette.

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Richard Beymer was also the character at the beginning of the movie who won a lot of dough gambling with the others, only to feel hollow after receiving some beads in an envelope (essentially a "Dear John" letter); his character is also the one who notices that the group of soldiers he and some others he's joined just passed by on the other side of the wall were Germans!

 

Robert Wagner was in one of the landing crafts and part of the group that scaled the cliffside to knock out a fortified bunker.

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The U.S. Rangers, who scaled Pointe du Hoc while taking 70% casualties -- only to find that the Germans had already removed their artillery from the bunkers and shipped them to Calais, where Field Marshal von Runstedt expected the Allied invasion to land.

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CineSageJr-I wondered about that the scaling and the soldiers saying there's nothing here-you mean it is empty. The Germans also run out saying something that sounds like 'bitter-bitter" in one point of the movie before the soldires find the empty place don't know if the 2 scenes were related. I mean sooo much was happening during that movie.

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Bitte means "please," depending on the context (it can mean the equivalent of "you're welcome" in response to danke -- "thank you").

 

In THE LONGEST DAY, the Germans, by saying, "Please, please" (with their hands clearly raised) are offering their surrender, asking not to be killed. It's therefore ironic, and a little disappointing, when they're mowed down due to the U.S. troops' inability to understand this basic phrase.

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