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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gen. Omar Bradley
Air Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory
Air Marshal Arthur W. Tedder
RAdm. Bert Ramsay
Group Cpt. Major James Stagg (as Christopher Baker)
George Shevtsov ...
Gregor McLennan ...
Captain Chapman
Paul Gittins ...
Major General Henry Miller
U.S. Colonel at Savoy
Woman at Savoy


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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Drama | History | War

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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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31 May 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ike: Thunder in June  »

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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 »


At least twice the size of the airborne attack force is mentioned as being thirty thousand men. In actuality, about 18,000 men total in three airborne divisions - the British 6th and the American 82nd and 101st - made the jump, See more »


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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Not a single shot fired -
22 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

  • thank God. The closest we come to a battle scene in "Ike" are the quotes from Laurence Olivier's "Henry V". I do believe that's a small mistake, though: I don't think that film hit the theaters until 1945, somewhat too late for D-day. However, it's justified, artistically: we think of Henry's bombast (one of the greatest speeches at that) when Ike pays his own, humble tribute to the airborne troopers just before D-day. And there is a more subtle reference to Henry V when Ike has to sacrifice an old friend (and nearly sacrifices Patton, too, another old friend.) His thoughts on that also bring Shakespeare to mind.

I loved the film. It stayed true to its purpose, the portrayal of a general making a very tough decision. Selleck was great, and so were they all. Montgomery had a human face to him, and so did DeGaulle (although 90% of it was nose) and he was just as irritating as he is supposed to have been, power-greedy and quite oblivious to the fact that most of his France had in fact sold out to Nazi Germany. The script is great - philosophical and well-written to a fault. Now, why did I think I would be bored? I wasn't, for even one second.

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