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Ike – Countdown to D-Day

June 18, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

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A film that depicts the tense 90 days leading up to the d-day invasion & how dwight eisenhower against all odds brilliantly orchestrated the most important military maneuver in modern history. Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 08/23/2005 Starring: Tom Selleck Gerald Mcraney Run time: 89 minutes Rating: PgAmazon.com
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 ass… More >>

Ike – Countdown to D-Day

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5 Responses to “Ike – Countdown to D-Day”
  1. I wanted so much to like this movie. D-Day, and the Allied drive to Berlin is, indeed my favorite chapter in World War II history. I have read dozens of books on the topic, as well as bios of Dwight D. Eisenhower and his principle lieutenants. I truly admire Ike, and I am also a huge Tom Selleck fan. So what happened?

    The themes of the film are well handled. Selleck is a top-notch actor, and portrayed Ike’s burdens of command admirably. The casting of the film’s characters, however, spoils any chance that I can sit through this film and thoroughly enjoy it. I can forgive a reasonable amount of artistic license in war films, such as the multitude of exotic scenes in every take in Patton (1970), but I need my characters to at least resemble their historical figures. Despite the cropped haircut, Sellect is much too tall, and too young as Ike. James Remar looks and acts nothing like Omar Bradley and Gerald McRaney perhaps turns out the worst performance of his long acting career as Patton. I was under the impression that actors do research on their characters. In our time of great historical film epics, I guess I was expecting another great performance like “Gettysburg.” The film and the script had so much promise. The actors on the screen did not look or act at all like the true historical figures that orchestrated this climatic moment in history. I realize this is a movie, not a documentary, however, as a Selleck and D-Day fan, I was terribly disappointed. Giving this film a three-star rating is being generous.

    Rating: 3 / 5

  2. Ken Moore says:

    I’m not a history buff, but I enjoy learning about historical events. I loved the movie “Thirteen Days,” so I looked to see what other films Amazon recommended under this genre. I purchased “IKE” because of the great reviews. I couldn’t finish watching the film because from the start, I had a difficult time understanding what the characters were talking about – I felt like I was thrown into the middle of heavy strategic planning and intense relationships among historical characters. It took me a while to figure out who was who and where they were. But by the time I started figuring out the basic details, I realized that I was missing so much of the other important details and story lines; I was lost. I think I would have enjoyed the film more if I had done some detailed reading before-hand about the relationships that took place among the military figures leading up to D-Day. Again, I’m not a history buff so I don’t know much about the details, but I was hoping this film could help me learn more. I would only recommend this film to those who have studied WWII and/or lived during that time.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  3. Steve Ink says:

    This film is a true representation of General Eisenhower’s personality and style of leadership as he plans and prepares to lead the Allied Forces in the largest battle in history – the invasion of Normandy.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  4. This is an excellent historical drama of the period shortly before D-Day, when General Eisenhower is faced with making earthshaking decisions upon which hundreds of thousands of lives, and Allied success, will depend. Selleck is a very credible General Eisenhower, and manages to capture the angst that Ike must have felt on the eve of the greatest invasion of all time. He also captures Eisenhower’s essential humanity. This is an excellent drama.

    The supporting cast was not so good. There is a cardboard-caricature of General Patton to be gotten past, and numerous other supporting roles are similarly one-dimensional. Overall though, this is a fine presentation of a great general at work.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  5. R. P. Smith says:

    Told from the point of view of Ike, which becomes obvious at the end. The cast of this piece of history retold, is absolutely a wonderful and compelling portrait of the men whose responsibility was the taking back of europe from the clutches of a madman. And the one man whose task it was to make sure that it happened….IKE! Tom Selleck as General Dwight David Eisenhauer, Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Forces, European Theatre of Operations…does an outstanding job of making this story come alive. All with the assist of a great supporting cast!

    There is only one word that describes this motion picture….

    OUTSTANDING!!!!
    Rating: 5 / 5

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