Ike: Countdown to D-Day
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Ike: Countdown to D-Day

Year:
Duration:
89 min
Genres:
Drama | History | War
IMDB rate:
7.2
Director:
Robert Harmon
Awards:
Nominated for 6 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 2004-05-31
Filming Locations: Ardmore Airport, Ardmore, Auckland, New Zealand
Cast
Actor
Character
Tom Selleck
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
James Remar
Gen. Omar Bradley
Timothy Bottoms
Walter Bedell "Beetle" Smith
Ian Mune
Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Bruce Phillips
Gen. Bernard Law Montgomery
John Bach
Air Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory
Nick Blake
Air Marshal Arthur W. Tedder
Kevin J. Wilson
RAdm. Bert Ramsay
Gerald McRaney
Patton
Christopher James Baker
Group Cpt. Major James Stagg (as Christopher Baker)
George Shevtsov
General Charles DeGaulle
Gregor McLennan
Captain Chapman
Paul Gittins
Major General Henry Miller
Bruce Hopkins
U.S. Colonel at Savoy
Catherine Boniface
Woman at Savoy
Mick Rose
King George
Carole Seay
Queen Elizabeth
Paul Barrett
Major Wiatt
Rachel Wallis
WAC Sergeant
Stephen Brunton
Corporal Younger
Brian Gidley
Chief Whip
Andrew Robertt
101st Lieutenant
Robert Pollock
101st Sergeant
Craig Hall
101st Corporal
Millen Baird
101st Private
Clint Sharplin
101st Paratrooper
David Mackie
Projector Sergeant
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Trivia
A written message written by Eisenhower and taking full responsibility by him and to be issued to the media should the D-Day landings fail was found in one of the pockets of his military uniforms years later after D-Day. These details about this message were worked into this tele-movie's script.
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Tom Selleck, a non-smoker, temporarily took up the habit to play Dwight Eisenhower, who was, according to Selleck in the DVD's bonus feature, a four-pack-a-day smoker at the time. In 1949, Eisenhower was advised by his doctor and friend, Howard Snyder, to cut down on the cigarettes to one pack per day. Eisenhower initially did so, but after a few days, he decided that counting cigarettes was worse than smoking and quit permanently in 1949. He never smoked again.
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D-Day was on the 6th of June 1944. This tele-movie marked the 60th Anniversary of D-Day as it was both filmed and first broadcast in 2004, sixty years after D-Day.
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Goofs
The person forecasting the weather mentioned "the jet stream" as the cause for the rapid moving weather pattern. The jet stream wasn't fully understood until the fall of 1944 and wasn't named until even later.
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In the scene where Eisenhower is holding the clip-board you can clearly see a laser scan bar code on the back.
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Ike is shown visiting the paratroopers on D-Day, June 6, 1944. This actually occurred the day before, on June 5th. Most of the planes were in the air by the night of June 5th, on their way to France. (likely an editorial mistake)
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Quotes
Walter Bedell "Beetle" Smith: Last one at the dance or the first?
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Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower: Of course Overlord did not fail. How could it? With so many fine young men and women from all corners of the earth, all determined to do their best to free a world gone half mad.
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General Charles DeGaulle: You say local administrations will stay in place?
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Photos from cast
Mark Cirillo
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