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Ike: Countdown to D-Day DVD

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Tom Selleck portrays General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower, popularly known by his nickname of "Ike". The film deals with the difficult decisions he made leading up to D-Day, including the varied personalities of his command: Lieutenant General Omar N. Bradley, U.S. Army (James Remar), Lieutenant General George S. Patton, Jr. , U.S. Army (Gerald McRaney), General Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, British Army (Bruce Phillips) and General Charles De Gaulle, Free French Forces (George Shevtsov).

The film focuses on the inner workings of Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force that led to the successul D-Day invasion on June 6th, 1944. Concentrating on decisions actually made by Eisenhower and the pressures brought to bear on him personally, it includes his personal relationship with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Ian Mune) and his own Chief of Staff, Liertenant General Walter Bedell Smith, U.S. Army (Timothy Bottoms).

The film is also notable for being the only major production in which General Montgomery's portrayal concentrates on his role as a competent military professional, instead of focusing on his alleged personality disorders, while still showing his egocentricity and foibles. General Patton's complex personality is also outlined in a very brief set of scenes played by Gerald McRaney.

An A&E made for TV production directed by Robert Harmon and written by Lionel Chetwynd. 89 minutes.


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