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Ike: Countdown to D-Day (2004)

PG | | Drama, History, War | TV Movie 31 May 2004
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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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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31 May 2004 (USA)  »

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Ike: Thunder in June  »

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Both Tom Selleck and co-star Timothy Bottoms portray men who went to become President. Tom Selleck playing Dwight D Eisenhower who became President after Harry S. Truman; Timothy Bottoms portrayed George W. Bush, President from 2001 to 2009. See more »

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The peevish way in which De Gaulle salutes Eisenhower when they meet is totally inconsistent with the French military tradition and, especially, De Gaulle's strict discipline and formalism. French military salute is always, like English, with the hand palm to the front. There're several pictures of De Gaulle doing so. See more »

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Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower: I'm not sending a bunch of fresh young kids to die for a people they know nothing about, I'm asking them to die for freedom and they're ready to do it and that's why they're heroes.
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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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