IKE: Countdown to D-Day

2004 | Docudrama | 89 minutes | English

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General Eisenhower’s decision to invade the European continent was agonizing. With Eisenhower in the same  room were highly-  opinionated military officers like General Bernard Montgomery and General Omar Bradley. The question was not whether to invade but when. The problem was the inclement weather over the English Channel. When all opinions were rendered, it was left for Ike to make the final decision. 

“Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because as has been said, it is the quality which guarantees all others.” – Winston Churchill.   

Cast
Tom Selleck (Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower) / James Remar (Gen. Omar Bradley) / Bruce Phillips (Gen. Bernard Law Montgomery) / Timothy Bottoms (Walter Bedell “Beetle) Smith)
Why Stream This Film?
In the end Ike: Countdown to D-Day is about a man agonizing over a decision that would cost thousands American lives. The film also points out that, although rare, wartime commanding officers can be men of compassion and high moral values.
Accolades
  • Primetime Emmy Awards: Nominations, Outstanding Made for Television Movie; Outstanding Director (Robert Harmon) 
  • AARP Movies: Nominated, Best Breakaway Performance (Tom Selleck)
Lionel Chetwynd’s script paints Eisenhower as dynamic as they come. Add to that a straightforward performance byTom Selleck and you have a worthy tribute for this holiday weekend.
Laura Fries

VARIETY

IKE: COUNTDOWN to D-DAY is a study in leadership, decision making and moral clarity–how one man had to cut through the fog and smoke and mist to decide whether, when and where to put tens of thousands of lives at risk in what would become the decisive battle of World War II.
Peter Applebome

The New York Times

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