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Ike: The War Years 

Ike (original title)
During World War II, General Dwight D. Eisenhower serves as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe. On a personal level, he has an extramarital affair with his driver Kay Summersby.




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Series cast summary:
Robert Duvall ...  Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower 3 episodes, 1979
Lee Remick ...  Kay Summersby 3 episodes, 1979
Dana Andrews ...  Gen. George C. Marshall 3 episodes, 1979
J.D. Cannon ...  Gen. Walter Bedell Smith 3 episodes, 1979
Paul Gleason ...  Capt. Ernest 'Tex' Lee 3 episodes, 1979
Darren McGavin ...  Gen. George S. Patton 3 episodes, 1979
Wensley Pithey Wensley Pithey ...  Winston Churchill 3 episodes, 1979
Ian Richardson ...  Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery 3 episodes, 1979
Stephen Roberts Stephen Roberts ...  President Franklin Delano Roosevelt 3 episodes, 1979
William Schallert ...  Gen. Mark Clark 3 episodes, 1979
Vincent Marzello ...  Mickey McKeogh 3 episodes, 1979
Major Wiley Major Wiley ...  Sgt. Mooney 3 episodes, 1979
Lowell Thomas ...  Self - Narrator 3 episodes, 1979
Bonnie Bartlett ...  Mamie Eisenhower 2 episodes, 1979
Vernon Dobtcheff ...  Gen. Charles DeGaulle 2 episodes, 1979
Richard Herd ...  Gen. Omar Bradley 2 episodes, 1979
David de Keyser David de Keyser ...  Field Marshall Sir Alan Brooke 2 episodes, 1979
Francis Matthews ...  Noel Coward 2 episodes, 1979
Patricia Michael Patricia Michael ...  Gertrude Lawrence 2 episodes, 1979
Clifton Jones ...  Sgt. Hunt 2 episodes, 1979


Miniseries detailing the life of Dwight D. Eisenhower, who commanded American forces during World War II, romanced his driver Kay Summersby and later became President of the United States. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Mightiest Invasion Force in History Fights Its Way to Victory. Led by the Greatest American Hero of the 20th Century. The Man Everyone Called...Ike


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Historical sources for the movie included official files of the United States Army; the Office of the Chief of Military History; the National Archives; public records and documents, and "Past Remembering: My Love Affair with Dwight D. Eisenhower" by Kay Summersby Morgan. See more »


When Ike tells Kay that Roosevelt will let her into the US Army and still owe allegiance to a foreign flag, and says she's the first person in history to be allowed to do that. During the Civil War citizens from several countries came to the US to fight for both sides while still remaining citizens of their home countries. See more »


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Strong performances and writing unexpectedly impress
10 October 2001 | by jeffchanSee all my reviews

Strong performances by Duvall as Eisenhower and Remick as his love interest. Duvall's Eisenhower demonstrates grit, determination, fallibility, growth, a sharp and quick wit, and the burden of sending thousands of men to their deaths in a desperate battle against a cunning enemy. Ike's interactions with Chruchill, Roosevelt, Montgomery and others are wonderfully acted, as are the touching scenes with Remick as Kay.

Generally very sharp writing nicely contrasts stratified British culture and largely no-nonsense American character epitomized by Ike. Yet they all pull together under Ike's ever improving leadership and command of the large and small elements of war. The story also expresses a lot of humanity under very extraordinary and trying circumstances, but in a very calm and measured way. These are portraits of truly great men and women, portrayed by great actors.

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Release Date:

3 May 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ike: The War Years See more »

Filming Locations:

Camp Pendleton, California, USA See more »

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ABC Circle Films See more »
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1.33 : 1
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