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Ike: The War Years 

Ike (original title)
Made-for-television biography of General Dwight D. Eisenhower.




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Series cast summary:
Lloyd Alan ...
 3rd Sergeant 2 episodes, 1979
Terence Alexander ...
 Gen. Arthur Tedder 2 episodes, 1979
 Gen. George C. Marshall 2 episodes, 1979
 1st Sergeant 2 episodes, 1979
 Mamie Eisenhower 2 episodes, 1979
William Boyett ...
 Gen. Ward Hoffenberg 2 episodes, 1979
 Mrs. Westerfield 2 episodes, 1979
 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
 Gen. Charles DeGaulle 2 episodes, 1979
 Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower 2 episodes, 1979
Clifford Earl ...
 Mountbatten 2 episodes, 1979
 Gen. Carl Spaatz 2 episodes, 1979
 Capt. Ernest 'Tex' Lee 2 episodes, 1979
Redmond Gleeson ...
 Gen. 'Freddie' DeGuingand 2 episodes, 1979
Charles H. Gray ...
 Gen. Lucian Truscott 2 episodes, 1979
Mitchell Group ...
 2nd Sergeant 2 episodes, 1979
 Gen. Omar Bradley 2 episodes, 1979
Lise Hilboldt ...
 Jean Dixon 2 episodes, 1979
 Capt. Burns 2 episodes, 1979
 Sgt. Hunt 2 episodes, 1979
 Corporal 2 episodes, 1979
 Gen. Pagel 2 episodes, 1979
 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
 Noel Coward 2 episodes, 1979
 Gen. George S. Patton 2 episodes, 1979
 Col. Offenheim 2 episodes, 1979
Patricia Michael ...
 Gertrude Lawrence 2 episodes, 1979
Wensley Pithey ...
 Winston Churchill 2 episodes, 1979
 Field Marshal Alfred Jodl 2 episodes, 1979
 Kay Summersby 2 episodes, 1979
 Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery 2 episodes, 1979
Stephen Roberts ...
 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt 2 episodes, 1979
 Gen. Mark Clark 2 episodes, 1979
Major Wiley ...
 Sgt. Mooney 2 episodes, 1979


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


Biography | Drama | War





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1979 (USA)  »

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Ike: The War Years  »

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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 »


Edited into Ike: The War Years (1980) See more »

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Remarkable recount of WW II intricacies.
15 April 1999 | by 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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