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Ike - Countdown to D-Day (2004)

Tom Selleck , James Remar , Robert Harmon  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Selleck, James Remar, Timothy Bottoms, Ian Mune, Bruce Phillips
  • Directors: Robert Harmon
  • Writers: Lionel Chetwynd
  • Producers: David Craig, Delia Fine, Dennis A. Brown, Lionel Chetwynd, Stephanie Germain
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 31, 2004
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002I833Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,077 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ike - Countdown to D-Day" on IMDb

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  • IKE: The filmmakers reflect

Editorial Reviews

Tom Selleck gives a restrained yet powerful performance as General Dwight D. Eisenhower in Ike: Countdown to D-Day. This made-for-cable feature focuses on the solemn, brilliant but plain-speaking Ike as he fine-tunes, over 90 days, tactical and political concerns involved with the Allies' imminent D-Day invasion of Normandy, i.e., America and Britain's long-awaited joint assault against Nazi-occupied Europe. A strong cast--James Remar as General Omar Bradley, Timothy Bottoms as Ike's assistant, Walter Bedell "Beetle" Smith--anchors the film's mesmerizing, blow-by-blow account of Eisenhower's leadership under the shadow of many uncertainties (predicting the weather for D-Day becomes a suspenseful refrain) and pressure from conflicting egos (Montgomery, DeGaulle, Patton). Ian Mune is a delight as a wary, darkly bemused Churchill, who encourages Ike's strategy of supreme leadership and low-key diplomacy. The script by Lionel Chetwynd (DC 9/11: Time of Crisis) captures the unbearable tension of commencing the invasion--and awaiting the results. --Tom Keogh

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Tom Selleck, James Remar, Timothy Bottoms. Selleck delivers an outstanding performance as tough-as-nails General Dwight D. Eisenhower during those painstaking and strategic 90 days counting down to D-Day, deciding the fate of millions with every move he made. 2004/color/89 min/PG/widescreen.

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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars on freeing "a world gone half mad" November 11, 2004
With a marvelous and for the most part accurate script based on historical documents (though embellished with "certain composite and representative scenes and characters"), Lionel Chetwynd has written a compelling drama about General Eisenhower and the planning of the D-Day invasion, with thoughtful and well paced direction by Robert Harmon, and a superb performance by Tom Selleck, who captures Eisenhower's strength, manly charisma, and many of the subtle mannerisms reminding me of this hero of mine since youth.

The cinematography by David Gribble is wonderful, and the atmospheric score by Jeff Beal also adds much to the film.

Filmed in New Zealand in less than 3 weeks, the terrific cast is mostly from Australia and New Zealand (with exceptions like Timothy Bottoms, excellent as Eisenhower's Chief of Staff Walter Bedell Smith); stellar among them is Ian Mune who plays Churchill. Others include Bruce Phillips as General Montgomery, and George Shevtsov as Charles DeGaulle, in a scene where DeGaulle displays such arrogance towards Eisenhower that it will vex those of us who remember and honor the American blood left on French soil.

This is far from a wartime action film; it is sometimes sober and introspective, and always fascinating, with the intricacy of the planning for D-Day, and the many characters and huge egos involved, some upset by Eisenhower's insistence of being the Supreme Commander, always holding one's attention. The expectation of the massive casualties for D-Day makes one wonder how this type of operation would be viewed in today's media age, where long-term objectives are rarely considered. Eisenhower in addressing King George VI (Mick Rose) on the king's fear of expected losses says "...
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising! July 1, 2004
By Ben T.
I admit that I love Tom Selleck. He was always a childhood hero of mine, "Magnum P.I." that is. Let's face it, Tom is a Man's Man. The perfect Hero. He can do light comedy, hard drama and everything in between. Tom rules.
It is only because Tom headlined this story that I was willing to watch it at all. From the first 2 minutes, I was hooked! Instead of your traditional "beginning, middle and end" the first 60 seconds of the story dumps you straight into heavy drama. There is no joking around. Thousands of allied troops are at stake and losses could reach from 80% to Total if these men get this wrong.
The acting is strong and earnest. The director uses many close shots that assist the audience in the feeling that they are also at this tiny table surrounded by smoke. You can feel the tension in the air as the intelligence and counter-intelligence reports come in.
How much do the Germans know? How many troops can we secretly move without being detected? Are all the allied nations and their respective troops on the same page here with us? Is there anything we've missed? Is the new equipment really going to perform as it should? What if it doesn't? What will happen if the weather goes bad?
These and other questions way heavily on Dwight Eisenhower as he tries to negotiate and coordinate the most massive commitment of air, sea and land troops the world had ever seen. So much could go wrong and everything hinged on minutes, not hours to turn the tide of battle.
Tom is fantastic in a role that is unlike anything he's ever done. You can feel the tension and anguish in his voice as he talks about projected allied casualties. You can feel as if you're in the room with his senior staff and even though you may know the history, this film presents the story as fresh.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A WWII VET GIVES IT A THUMBS UP January 4, 2005
Back when this movie first premiered on TV on A&E, I had the chance a couple of days later to be sitting around a Doctor's waiting room and an elderly gentleman asked if I had seen the movie. I told him I had and furthermore I was always very interested in WWII history. He was happy to hear that as he was not only a WWII vet, but had had the opportunity to meet and talk with Ike during WWII.

He was quite impressed with Tom Selleck's performance as was I. I think he captured the essence of Ike quite well as a man who was born to lead. The movie seemed historically accurate and the fact that there was so much debate over the D-Day invasion was quite fascinating. I also enjoyed James Remar as Gen. Omar Bradley. Better than average TV movie.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 Emmy Nominations May 12, 2005
I didn't see this movie until a year ago when it ran on The History Channel, and was unprepared for its excellence. That it received 6 Emmy nominations offers ample proof of the way Selleck's peers saw his efforts.

I've read quite a bit on Ike from his own writings, to Kay Summersby's writing, to other biographies so I was not unfamiliar with background on either Eisenhower or D-Day. And I've been a fan of Tom Selleck for years not only for his adaptable abilities as an actor, but more down to earth that he is an ex-basketball player for U.S.C.

I was not prepared for how well Tom Selleck blended into the role of Ike, I didn't see Tom Selleck, I saw and heard Dwight Eisenhower. For me this is the role of Tom Selleck's life, just as Sean Connery was made for Bond, and Jeremy Brett for Holmes, Tom Selleck was destined to be Ike. I cannot believe anyone will ever improve on his portrayal of Ike.

So if you want a fairly factual movie on the countdown to D-Day when the lives of millions rested on what one man decided and willed, this is the movie for you.

Without any hesitation, nor reservation, I recommend this DVD.

Semper Fi.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly perfect
It's so hard to find a single flaw in this film. For WWII history fanatics, it's pure bliss. This might just be Selleck's best performance and I'm certain casting made this film so... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Loop7
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Selleck
Outstanding story about the days prior to the Longest Day (D-Day). Mr. Selleck did and beautiful job and gave one of his better performances.
Published 1 month ago by Grandpa Dewey
5.0 out of 5 stars IKE with Tom Selleck
This was a wonderful movie I couldn't picture Tom Selleck as Ike but he did an awesome job. This is well worth watching.
Published 1 month ago by sheann
4.0 out of 5 stars See a different view of the war
This video gave a little known or understood perspective on what the soldiers and generals thought about prior to D-Day.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Stern
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story behind the scenes of D-Day
I liked the stories behind the scenes like the relationship between Eisenhower and Montgomery. The movie kept my full attention. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Blanchard
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Military Movie
I have all ways liked Tom Selleck as an Actor. He did a really great job portraying the role of General Dwight Eisenhower (IKE) during World War II. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Deborah J. Dirk-Haley
5.0 out of 5 stars If some must die, it is in a worthy cause
I'd never heard of this film until last night when I decided to stream it, mainly because Tom Selleck was in it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Damian P. Gadal
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
My husband loves WWII movies & documentaries. This particular movie is one of his favorites. Owning it will mwan he can enjoy it anytime he wants.
Published 3 months ago by Grandma A
5.0 out of 5 stars Study of Leadership
General Dwight D. Eisenhower was designated Supreme Commander, Allied Forces Europe, in order to oversee the invasion of France and the opening of the Western Front. Read more
Published 5 months ago by James D. Crabtree
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional, courageous leadership
While other, more well known movies spectacularly depict the action on the shores of Normandy, this film is concerned with the human dynamics of those who conceived of and executed... Read more
Published 5 months ago by nutune
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