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Ike: Countdown to D-Day (2004)

PG | | Drama, History, War | TV Movie 31 May 2004
A dramatization of the 90 days leading up to Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy, and how General Dwight Eisenhower, against all odds, brilliantly orchestrated the most important military maneuver in modern history.

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Robert Harmon

Writer:

Lionel Chetwynd
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Selleck ... Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
James Remar ... Gen. Omar Bradley
Timothy Bottoms ... Walter Bedell "Beetle" Smith
Ian Mune ... Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Bruce Phillips ... Gen. Bernard Law Montgomery
John Bach ... Air Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory
Nick Blake Nick Blake ... Air Marshal Arthur W. Tedder
Kevin J. Wilson ... RAdm. Bert Ramsay
Gerald McRaney ... Patton
Christopher James Baker ... Group Cpt. Major James Stagg (as Christopher Baker)
George Shevtsov George Shevtsov ... General Charles DeGaulle
Gregor McLennan Gregor McLennan ... Captain Chapman
Paul Gittins Paul Gittins ... Major General Henry Miller
Bruce Hopkins ... U.S. Colonel at Savoy
Catherine Boniface ... Woman at Savoy
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This is the story of the senior-level preparations for the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944 from the time of Dwight D. Eisenhower's appointment as the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, to the establishment of the beachhead in Normandy. The film recounts many of the trials and tribulation Ike had to face, not the least of which were the many prima donnas surrounding him (Patton, Montgomery and especially de Gaulle) and the need for tact and diplomacy to bring all sides together for what would be the largest amphibious assault ever attempted. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | History | War

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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

A&E

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ike: Thunder in June See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9
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Trivia

A written message written by Eisenhower and taking full responsibility by him and to be issued to the media should the D-Day landings fail was found in one of the pockets of his military uniforms years later after D-Day. These details about this message were worked into this tele-movie's script. See more »

Goofs

In the restaurant scene, when Gen. Miller starts talking about the incoming invasion -which, in turn, will lead to his discharge by Eisenhower-, the colonel sitting with him at the table has the artillery badge (the crossed cannons on his jacket's lapels) upside down. See more »

Quotes

General Charles DeGaulle: You say local administrations will stay in place?
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower: For stability, General.
General Charles DeGaulle: Only I shall decide what to do with Vichy officials. No, no, it is all quite impossible. I will never accept that you can speak for all of the allies.
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower: The British have, the Canadians, the Australians, the exiled Dutch and Poles. Roosevelt and Churchill have agreed. Come to think of it, you're the only exception.
General Charles DeGaulle: You will not treat us like Italy. We are not German allies.
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower: In fact the Vichy government is precisely that, ...
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Oustanding: Tom Selleck shines at last
18 January 2005 | by LupercaliSee all my reviews

Ike: Countdown to D-Day (Australian title) is a fine movie relating the 90 days prior to the Normandy landings from the point of view of Dwight D. Eisenhower. It's a film about the hardships of responsibility and leadership, about decisions which you know will cost the lives of perhaps tens of thousands of men. It's not blood and guts and explosions. It's weather reports, terse meetings, and agonising decisions.

There is no action at all in 'Ike'. It's very much a drama and a character study. The ensemble cast is uniformly superb, and none are better than Selleck, who turns in an unforgettable performance. It's ironic that for the longest time Selleck was relegated to B-movies and lightweight fare, his movie career never really managing to take off. It seemed his famous good looks were to consign him to a brief stint as a TV hunk, followed by a decline into obscurity.

In 'Ike', Selleck emerges reborn, balding, moustache long-gone, dour, sensitive and intense. If this movie doesn't finally kick-start his movie career and give him the sort of break that Travolta got with 'pulp Fiction', there is no justice.


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