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THE LONGEST DAY

Faith, family and fighting Hitler are what bond the mothers of a small town in Virginia after their sons are slaughtered on the beaches of France in the opening wave of D-Day on June 6, 1944 AKA "The Longest Day." Sell THE LONGEST DAY as "The Waltons" meet "Saving Private Ryan" with some "24."

THE LONGEST DAY is a unique show about the greatest military operation ever as the mother of three peerless World War II warriors, Joan Shanks, is the protagonist. Highly intelligent but lacking a formal education like so many other females of her generation, she tends to the farm and works at a factory in the rural south, just outside Bedford, Virginia. While literally the entire world was impacted by World War II, THE LONGEST DAY will focus on those living in Virginia and fighting in France. Those fighting in France include Americans, French, German and those captives of the Nazis who were forced into combat wearing the uniform of the hated Hitler. Also living in Virginia are German POWs who work on the local farms. In addition to being intelligent, the Virginia mothers are tough. The Great Depression of the 1930s has been replaced by World War II, starting in 1941. Like every mother in every war, those from Virginia want their relatives to return home safely. Little does Joan Shanks and other mothers know General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander and mastermind behind D-Day, has chosen the unit from Bedford, the 116th Regiment of the 29th Division, to spearhead the amphibious assault and be chewed up the morning of THE LONGEST DAY as chronicled in the book, “The Bedford Boys.” Her youngest was also selected for the war effort, but not as cannon fodder...a different talent: nuclear weapons. THE LONGEST DAY was inspired by both sides of my family being from the same area of Virginia as Bedford with my father and innumerable uncles all serving in World War II along with the book "Born Fighting" by Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) immortalizing the warrior spirit of that region, as it is his heritage, too. THE LONGEST DAY: "The Waltons" meet "Saving Private Ryan" with some "24."

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TV Pilot
Posted:
02/22/2020
Updated:
02/22/2020
Author Bio:
Quarter-Finalist in The Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards Holiday Contest (first time I ever entered a contest with first script I ever wrote). Made THE RED LIST with another, too. Thousands of articles published under my byline in Newsweek, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, among other venues. Host of several shows. Degrees from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Georgetown University Law Center. Much of my career was spent on Capitol Hill, where I had Top Secret Clearance twice.

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