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Ike: Countdown to D-Day (2004)

TV Movie  -   -  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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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 »

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The person forecasting the weather mentioned "the jet stream" as the cause for the rapid moving weather pattern. The jet stream wasn't fully understood until the fall of 1944 and wasn't named until even later. See more »

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Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower: Dearest Mamie...
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower: ...at last the days grow longer and we will soon be in it. I face that with neither dread nor joy. How I wish this cruel business of war could be completed quickly. It leaves me heartsick to think of sending so many young men against Hitler's Atlantic wall. I admit to having developed a veneer of callousness, but counting the human cost is a terribly sad business, and no veneer of callousness allows me to escape the truth that back home the news brings anguish and suffering. So...
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Oustanding: Tom Selleck shines at last
18 January 2005 | by (Tasmania) – See 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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