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Ike: Countdown to D-Day (2004)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  31 May 2004 (USA)
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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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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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D-Day was on the 6th of June 1944. This tele-movie marked the 60th Anniversary of D-Day as it was both filmed and first broadcast in 2004, sixty years after D-Day. See more »

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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 »

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Walter Bedell "Beetle" Smith: Last one at the dance or the first?
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower: Hell, it's just the way it is, Bedell. One minute I'm exactly what Churchill described, the most powerful man in history. Now the order's given, hell; I'm just audience, front row center to be sure. But a Corporal on Juno, a Private on Utah, they're the ones who will affect the outcome, not me. It's up to them now.
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This was a very good movie to watch on memorial day. Tom Selleck does a wonderful job as Eisenhower. The movie takes place mostly in a headquarters setting in england just before D-DAY. I am a big fan of Tom Selleck , but even I have "type casted" him as Magnum PI. Well let me tell you , he breaks that type cast, with a wonderful performance. Really really showed a warm and kind side to the Supreme Allied Commander. Especially good movie in our times of a war with Iraq. It makes you wish we had leaders like this today. This is not a gore movie. This is not saving private ryan, it is a movie about big decisions and small decisions and how those choice affect everyone. From a manager perspective, it is a great manager movie. I wish I had a boss like IKE.


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