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  • Actors: Tom Selleck, James Remar, Timothy Bottoms, Ian Mune, Bruce Phillips
  • Directors: Robert Harmon
  • Writers: Lionel Chetwynd
  • Producers: David Craig, Delia Fine, Dennis A. Brown, Lionel Chetwynd, Stephanie Germain
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : General Audience (G)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Aug. 31 2004
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002I833Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,641 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sunnchilde on July 1 2004
Format: DVD
I admit that I love Tom Selleck. He was always a childhood hero of mine, "Magnum P.I." that is. Let's face it, Tom is a Man's Man. The perfect Hero. He can do light comedy, hard drama and everything in between. Tom rules.
It is only because Tom headlined this story that I was willing to watch it at all. From the first 2 minutes, I was hooked! Instead of your traditional "beginning, middle and end" the first 60 seconds of the story dumps you straight into heavy drama. There is no joking around. Thousands of allied troops are at stake and losses could reach from 80% to Total if these men get this wrong.
The acting is strong and earnest. The director uses many close shots that assist the audience in the feeling that they are also at this tiny table surrounded by smoke. You can feel the tension in the air as the intelligence and counter-intelligence reports come in.
How much do the Germans know? How many troops can we secretly move without being detected? Are all the allied nations and their respective troops on the same page here with us? Is there anything we've missed? Is the new equipment really going to perform as it should? What if it doesn't? What will happen if the weather goes bad?
These and other questions way heavily on Dwight Eisenhower as he tries to negotiate and coordinate the most massive commitment of air, sea and land troops the world had ever seen. So much could go wrong and everything hinged on minutes, not hours to turn the tide of battle.
Tom is fantastic in a role that is unlike anything he's ever done. You can feel the tension and anguish in his voice as he talks about projected allied casualties. You can feel as if you're in the room with his senior staff and even though you may know the history, this film presents the story as fresh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Micheline Montreuil on June 16 2005
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What a hell of a job when you are the Supreme commander of all allied forces in Europe and that you must keep a balance and peace between two of your commanders, Patton and Montgomery, who hates themselves furiously, a French general, Charles de Gaulle, who is always thinking that France must have a predominant role in Europe and forces from other different countries like Canada, Australia, New Zeland and so on. What a hell of a job? So, if you are interested to be in the shoes of the Supreme commander, watch this movie. It is a very good one.
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By Allan H. Adams on Dec 7 2013
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A brilliant movie. True to historical fact. Tom Selleck is entirely credible in his portrayal of Eisenhower. Only the casting of the Patton character leaves something to be desired. Well recommended.
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
on freeing "a world gone half mad" Nov. 11 2004
By Alejandra Vernon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
With a marvelous and for the most part accurate script based on historical documents (though embellished with "certain composite and representative scenes and characters"), Lionel Chetwynd has written a compelling drama about General Eisenhower and the planning of the D-Day invasion, with thoughtful and well paced direction by Robert Harmon, and a superb performance by Tom Selleck, who captures Eisenhower's strength, manly charisma, and many of the subtle mannerisms reminding me of this hero of mine since youth.

The cinematography by David Gribble is wonderful, and the atmospheric score by Jeff Beal also adds much to the film.

Filmed in New Zealand in less than 3 weeks, the terrific cast is mostly from Australia and New Zealand (with exceptions like Timothy Bottoms, excellent as Eisenhower's Chief of Staff Walter Bedell Smith); stellar among them is Ian Mune who plays Churchill. Others include Bruce Phillips as General Montgomery, and George Shevtsov as Charles DeGaulle, in a scene where DeGaulle displays such arrogance towards Eisenhower that it will vex those of us who remember and honor the American blood left on French soil.

This is far from a wartime action film; it is sometimes sober and introspective, and always fascinating, with the intricacy of the planning for D-Day, and the many characters and huge egos involved, some upset by Eisenhower's insistence of being the Supreme Commander, always holding one's attention. The expectation of the massive casualties for D-Day makes one wonder how this type of operation would be viewed in today's media age, where long-term objectives are rarely considered. Eisenhower in addressing King George VI (Mick Rose) on the king's fear of expected losses says "...but if they do not offer the sacrifice of blood now, we will all pay dearly with added gallons later. So if some must die, it is in a worthy cause".

This production for the A & E Network makes perfect viewing for a day like Veteran's Day, to honor the lives of those who have died so heroically for our freedoms. Total time is 2 hours, and the main DVD "Extra" is an interesting interview with writer Chetwynd (who also produced/wrote the excellent "DC 9/11: Time of Crisis") and director Harmon; both speak of how Selleck has some of Eisenhower's admirable characteristics, and Selleck, who tells how as a non-smoker, he played a man with a 4 pack a day habit.
43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Surprising! July 1 2004
By Sunnchilde - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I admit that I love Tom Selleck. He was always a childhood hero of mine, "Magnum P.I." that is. Let's face it, Tom is a Man's Man. The perfect Hero. He can do light comedy, hard drama and everything in between. Tom rules.
It is only because Tom headlined this story that I was willing to watch it at all. From the first 2 minutes, I was hooked! Instead of your traditional "beginning, middle and end" the first 60 seconds of the story dumps you straight into heavy drama. There is no joking around. Thousands of allied troops are at stake and losses could reach from 80% to Total if these men get this wrong.
The acting is strong and earnest. The director uses many close shots that assist the audience in the feeling that they are also at this tiny table surrounded by smoke. You can feel the tension in the air as the intelligence and counter-intelligence reports come in.
How much do the Germans know? How many troops can we secretly move without being detected? Are all the allied nations and their respective troops on the same page here with us? Is there anything we've missed? Is the new equipment really going to perform as it should? What if it doesn't? What will happen if the weather goes bad?
These and other questions way heavily on Dwight Eisenhower as he tries to negotiate and coordinate the most massive commitment of air, sea and land troops the world had ever seen. So much could go wrong and everything hinged on minutes, not hours to turn the tide of battle.
Tom is fantastic in a role that is unlike anything he's ever done. You can feel the tension and anguish in his voice as he talks about projected allied casualties. You can feel as if you're in the room with his senior staff and even though you may know the history, this film presents the story as fresh. The acting is compelling and the story simply refuses to be put in a box. There is nothing about the elements of this story that couldn't be being played out right now in Iraq, Korea or anywhere else in the world.
This is a story of human courage in the teeth of opposition. Opposition, an enemy, that is strong enough to strike back and destroy you if you get even one part of this wrong. This is drama at it's finest, because they didn't need $100 million dollars of digital special effects to sell the story. It's ALL in the acting. I wish Hollywood would sit up and take notice.
34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
A WWII VET GIVES IT A THUMBS UP Jan. 4 2005
By Tim Janson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Back when this movie first premiered on TV on A&E, I had the chance a couple of days later to be sitting around a Doctor's waiting room and an elderly gentleman asked if I had seen the movie. I told him I had and furthermore I was always very interested in WWII history. He was happy to hear that as he was not only a WWII vet, but had had the opportunity to meet and talk with Ike during WWII.

He was quite impressed with Tom Selleck's performance as was I. I think he captured the essence of Ike quite well as a man who was born to lead. The movie seemed historically accurate and the fact that there was so much debate over the D-Day invasion was quite fascinating. I also enjoyed James Remar as Gen. Omar Bradley. Better than average TV movie.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
6 Emmy Nominations May 12 2005
By Kay's Husband - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I didn't see this movie until a year ago when it ran on The History Channel, and was unprepared for its excellence. That it received 6 Emmy nominations offers ample proof of the way Selleck's peers saw his efforts.

I've read quite a bit on Ike from his own writings, to Kay Summersby's writing, to other biographies so I was not unfamiliar with background on either Eisenhower or D-Day. And I've been a fan of Tom Selleck for years not only for his adaptable abilities as an actor, but more down to earth that he is an ex-basketball player for U.S.C.

I was not prepared for how well Tom Selleck blended into the role of Ike, I didn't see Tom Selleck, I saw and heard Dwight Eisenhower. For me this is the role of Tom Selleck's life, just as Sean Connery was made for Bond, and Jeremy Brett for Holmes, Tom Selleck was destined to be Ike. I cannot believe anyone will ever improve on his portrayal of Ike.

So if you want a fairly factual movie on the countdown to D-Day when the lives of millions rested on what one man decided and willed, this is the movie for you.

Without any hesitation, nor reservation, I recommend this DVD.

Semper Fi.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Hallmark of leadership Aug. 30 2004
By ForexTech - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I watch this film every weekend since I got it weeks back. What a leader! Ike was a natural leader, his concern for the young men and woman that would die in battle only shows how a true leader should feel about a decision for war. Tom Selleck does a masterful job and should win an emmy and a golden globe for this. He absolutely digs into the character bring out the fair, hard and emotional parts very well.

The directing is excellent, drawing in close when needed and an excellent combination of music and background to capture the momment. I would recommend an emmy also for the director.

This movie should be shown in any leadership class. The world benefited from two great men being together at the same time, Ike and Churchil. I cannot immagine if Montgomery had been made supreme commander, it would have been a riot house. Ike handled the huge egos of the Generals and the political and media pressure very well.

Ike says something, as he contemplates the decision to attack..."THERE IS NO GLORY IN WAR"...how true, how true...At the end he says "WE WILL NEVER SEE THE KIND OF MEN AND WOMEN WHO DIED EVER AGAIN"


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