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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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In the Overlord briefing for King George VI there are a series of flags and regimental colors displayed in the Headquarters. All of the US flags are displayed with the blue field of stars in the upper right hand corner when they should be hung with the field in the upper left hand corner. This could be written off as a historically representative mistake, but this many flags in the presence of the King of Great Britain, the Prime Minister of the UK and the Supreme Commander of the Allied forces would be hung correctly. 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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"There is no true glory in war."
1 September 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ike is a dialog movie, a movie about decisions, if you're looking for a action film with no substance, this movie is not for you.

Tom Selleck in decisively his greatest role, broke all molds, portraying the compassion, thoughfulness, and deliberation of Supreme Commander General Dwight D Eisenhower.

The film showed no battle, except the inner battle Eisenhower faced, alone, concerning the decisions he had to make, the risks, that were ultimately successful. The supporting roles were well played, the ending emotionally touching, the film both fascinating, deliberate, and decisively rich with consternation.

The film was both heartfelt and moving, and very finely made. Tom Selleck deserves an Emmy for his performance.

For more information on the 34th president of the United States

http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/de34.html

Timeline:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/dday/timeline/index.html


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