Made-for-TV biography of General Dwight D. Eisenhower.
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1979  
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)
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 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)
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 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)
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 Noel Coward (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Gen. George S. Patton (2 episodes, 1979)
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 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)
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 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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Mightiest Invasion Force in History Fights Its Way to Victory. Led by the Greatest American Hero of the 20th Century. The Man Everyone Called...Ike

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When Ike tells Kay that Roosevelt will let her into the US Army and still owe allegiance to a foreign flag, and says she's the first person in history to be allowed to do that. During the Civil War citizens from several countries came to the US to fight for both sides while still remaining citizens of their home countries. 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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