Ike: Countdown to D-Day

  • PG
  • Robert Harmon (2004)
  • US
  • 85 min
Ike: Countdown to D-Day
Film Review
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3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Biographical Second World War drama starring Tom Selleck as the supreme Allied commander in Europe, General Dwight D Eisenhower, who faces opposition from his own side as he prepares thousands of troops for the landing on the Normandy beaches in June 1944.

Cast and 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


Robert Harmon

Other Information

Colour and Black and White
Available on DVD
Certificate PG
Columbia/Tri-Star Home Video