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Ike: Countdown to D-Day

Ike: Countdown to D-Day

Robert Harmon (2004)

85min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Director Robert Harmon (The Hitcher, Gotti) breathes life, and more importantly emotion, into the strategic planning of the 1944 Normandy Landings in this quality Second World War drama. By focusing on the key decisions of Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D Eisenhower, he benefits from an outstanding lead performance from Tom Selleck. The actor is almost unrecognisable without his trademark moustache, delivering an in-depth portrayal of the American general that captures both his military insight and his unpretentious charm. Enhanced by strong dialogue, Selleck's personality eclipses the otherwise adept supporting players, with only Bruce Phillips and George Shevtsov (as generals Montgomery and De Gaulle) holding their own. The end result is a thoughtful if subjective look behind the scenes of history that remains tensely compelling despite its predetermined outcome.

Summary

Fact-based Second World War drama about the appointment of American general Dwight D Eisenhower to the post of Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, charting the months of preparation leading up to the Normandy landings, and the conflicts that developed between British, French and American leaders. Starring Tom Selleck, James Remar, Timothy Bottoms, Bruce Phillips and Ian Mune.

Cast & Crew

Gen Dwight D Eisenhower Tom Selleck
Gen Omar Bradley James Remar
Gen Walter Bedell "Beetle" Smith Timothy Bottoms
Gen George Patton Gerald McRaney
Winston Churchill Ian Mune
Gen Bernard Law Montgomery Bruce Phillips
Air Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory John Bach
Air Chief Marshal Arthur W Tedder Nick Blake
Rear Adm Bert Ramsay Kevin J Wilson
Group Capt Maj James Stagg Christopher Baker
General Charles De Gaulle George Shevtsov
Director Robert Harmon
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Other Information

Language: English Colour and Black and White Guidance: Violence. Available on: Available on DVD

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