Made-for-TV biography of General Dwight D. Eisenhower.
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Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Lloyd Alan ...
 3rd Sergeant (2 episodes, 1979)
Terence Alexander ...
 Gen. Arthur Tedder (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Gen. George C. Marshall (2 episodes, 1979)
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 1st Sergeant (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Mamie Eisenhower (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Admiral (2 episodes, 1979)
William Boyett ...
 Gen. Ward Hoffenberg (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Mrs. Westerfield (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Gen. Walter Bedell Smith (2 episodes, 1979)
Anne Clements ...
 Cockney Mum (2 episodes, 1979)
Patrick Culliton ...
 Young Lieutenant (2 episodes, 1979)
David de Keyser ...
 Field Marshall Sir Alan Brooke (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Gen. Charles DeGaulle (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower (2 episodes, 1979)
Clifford Earl ...
 Mountbatten (2 episodes, 1979)
Don Fellows ...
 Gen. Carl Spaatz (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Capt. Ernest 'Tex' Lee (2 episodes, 1979)
Redmond Gleeson ...
 Riley (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Gen. 'Freddie' DeGuingand (2 episodes, 1979)
Charles H. Gray ...
 Gen. Lucian Truscott (2 episodes, 1979)
Mitchell Group ...
 2nd Sergeant (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Gen. Omar Bradley (2 episodes, 1979)
Lise Hilboldt ...
 Jean Dixon (2 episodes, 1979)
Peter Hobbs ...
 Admiral (2 episodes, 1979)
Robert James ...
 Capt. Burns (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Sgt. Hunt (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Corporal (2 episodes, 1979)
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ...
 Gen. Pagel (2 episodes, 1979)
Laurence Luckinbill ...
 Maj. Rchard Arnold (2 episodes, 1979)
Julia MacKenzie ...
 Sybil Bryan (2 episodes, 1979)
Michael Malnick ...
 Gen. Strong (2 episodes, 1979)
Maurice Marsac ...
 Gen. Henri Giraud (2 episodes, 1979)
Vincent Marzello ...
 Mickey McKeogh (2 episodes, 1979)
Francis Matthews ...
 Noel Coward (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Gen. George S. Patton (2 episodes, 1979)
Richard McKenzie ...
 Col. Offenheim (2 episodes, 1979)
Patricia Michael ...
 Gertrude Lawrence (2 episodes, 1979)
Wensley Pithey ...
 Winston Churchill (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Field Marshal Alfred Jodl (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Kay Summersby (2 episodes, 1979)
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Stephen Roberts ...
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 Gen. Mark Clark (2 episodes, 1979)
Lowell Thomas ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Private (2 episodes, 1979)
Major Wiley ...
 Sgt. Mooney (2 episodes, 1979)
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Miniseries detailing the life of Dwight D. Eisenhower, who commanded American forces during World War II, romanced his driver Kay Summersby and later became President of the United States. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Immediately following the scene where Ike (Robert Duvall), traveling with General George S. Patton (portrayed by Darren McGavin), in Patton's command car, steps out of the car, and is seen physically taking a step across the German border, after saying "It's been a long, long time since an Eisenhower returned to Germany," an on screen caption states "Ohrdruf, Germany April 13, 1944." Ohrdruf is a small town in south central Germany, the infamous site of the Ohrdruf forced labor and concentration camp, a subcamp of the Buchenwald concentration camp, and famously was the first concentration camp liberated by U.S. troops, specifically the 4th Armored Division of Patton's Third Army, and was visited in person by Eisenhower, Patton, and Omar Bradley April 12-13, 1945. This was ten months and six days after D-Day (June 6, 1944). The on-screen caption is correct as to the location, but incorrect as to the date, since it could not have happened on April 13, 1944, which would have been almost two months before D-Day. See more »

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Remarkable recount of WW II intricacies.
15 April 1999 | by (Lucas Buck, NC) – See all my reviews

Robert Duvall does Stalin, he does Adolf Eichmann, and here he does Dwight D Eisenhower, and does him brilliantly.

This early docudrama chronicles (at 4 hours) Ike's rise from the Pentagon, to Commander of European Operations, and the end of the war. It additionally gives an honest focus on a wartime relationship Ike shared with his female British driver, Kate Summersby (Lee Remick).

The film's inclusion of this aspect of Ike's command not only humanizes what might other wise be quite a hard edged movie, but also is effective counterpoint to war.

Remick is great as Ms. Sommersby, a no-nonsense, level headed English-woman put in the most difficult of wartime circumstances, in love with a man with whom there is no long-term. The ugly contradiction being that, as long as the war continues, so will they.

Duvall gives Ike many dimensions: strength, smart but far from infallible, diligence. I have no doubt that these may well be Ike's own persona, but in Mr. Duvall's portrayal, it is ingratiating, and believable.

Good work guys.


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