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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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Trivia

Tom Selleck, a non-smoker, temporarily took up the habit to play Dwight Eisenhower, who was, according to Selleck in the DVD's bonus feature, a four-pack-a-day smoker at the time. In 1949, Eisenhower was advised by his doctor and friend, Howard Snyder, to cut down on the cigarettes to one pack per day. Eisenhower initially did so, but after a few days, he decided that counting cigarettes was worse than smoking and quit permanently in 1949. He never smoked again. See more »

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Laurence Olivier's film of Henry Vis screened within this film in the spring of 1944, despite the fact that Olivier's film was not completed by that time and was not released in the UK until six months after the period depicted in this film. See more »

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Gen. Bernard Law Montgomery: I'll be off, then.
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower: I'll walk you out.
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower: Supposed to be a good movie.
Gen. Bernard Law Montgomery: Not much taste for the cinema myself. Besides, Never enough time for preparation, is there?
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower: Well, we all need some recreation. A movie once a week, let the hair down seems to do the trick.
Gen. Bernard Law Montgomery: If you say so. Although, if you don't mind me saying so... that jeering when you came on the screen. A bit much.
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower: Good natured as I see it.
Gen. Bernard Law Montgomery: Undisciplined.
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower: So is using German troop movements to push your plan for a dagger thrust again. The broad...
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Selleck Gets the Job Done
4 June 2004 | by (Norman, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

I have to say I think this may be Tom Selleck's best acting performance. He doesn't necessarily deserve an Emmy, but I'm also not being sarcastic; this is definitely a quality performance, not because it is some scene-chewing piece of grandstanding, but because it is subtle, honest, and to the point. The way Selleck shows Ike's moments of anguish over his awful responsibility are understated but no less compelling, and actually give some sense of what the actual man had to go through.

Although there are some inaccuracies in the film (Ike visits the paratroopers in the DAYTIME on June 6th? Those guys had dropped into France some 12 hours earlier!), I think we still get a good sense of how things were happening around Ike before D-Day. And contrary to some other opinions, I thought the portrayals of Churchill and Montgomery were both well-done and totally fair.


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