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Ike: Countdown to D-Day (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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Robert Harmon

Writer:

Lionel Chetwynd
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Selleck ... Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
James Remar ... Gen. Omar Bradley
Timothy Bottoms ... Walter Bedell "Beetle" Smith
Ian Mune ... Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Bruce Phillips ... Gen. Bernard Law Montgomery
John Bach ... Air Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory
Nick Blake Nick Blake ... Air Marshal Arthur W. Tedder
Kevin J. Wilson ... RAdm. Bert Ramsay
Gerald McRaney ... Patton
Christopher James Baker ... Group Cpt. Major James Stagg (as Christopher Baker)
George Shevtsov George Shevtsov ... General Charles DeGaulle
Gregor McLennan Gregor McLennan ... Captain Chapman
Paul Gittins Paul Gittins ... Major General Henry Miller
Bruce Hopkins ... U.S. Colonel at Savoy
Catherine Boniface ... Woman at Savoy
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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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Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

A&E

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ike: Thunder in June See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9
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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 »

Goofs

During his discussion with Churchill at the beginning of the film, Ike refers to General "Jimmy Spaatz." General Spaatz's first name was Carl and his nickname was "Tooey." The writers were perhaps confusing him with General "Jimmy" Doolittle. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower: Of course Overlord did not fail. How could it? With so many fine young men and women from all corners of the earth, all determined to do their best to free a world gone half mad.
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Features Henry V (1944) See more »

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Selleck Gets the Job Done
4 June 2004 | by DD-931See 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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