Friday, June 7, 2024

Tom Selleck As General Eisenhower in 'Ike: The Countdown To D-Day'

As yesterday was the 80th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, I rewatched Ike: The Countdown to D-Day, a 2004 TV movie with Tom Selleck as General Dwight Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of the D-Day invasion. 

The film, which originally aired on A&E, covers General Eisenhower at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force planning the most complicated military landings in history. 

We see General Eisenhower deal with Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the British King and Queen, and prickly and proud generals such as Patton, Montgomery and de Gaulle. We also see General Eisenhower deal with his staff and make some of the toughest decisions a general has ever made.  

Tom Selleck, best known for portraying Thomas Magnum, a former Navy SEAL and private investigator in Hawaii on Magnum P.I., is excellent as General Eisenhower. 

With his head shaved and sans his famous mustache to better resemble the late general and future president, Tom Selleck offers what is perhaps his finest role.  

I enjoyed watching the film again and I salute General Eisenhower and all of the brave military members who participated in D-Day.   

I’m curious to read what Tom Selleck has written about the movie in his new memoir.

You can watch the film via the below link: 

Ike: Countdown to D-Day | Full Length Movie (Tom Selleck, James Remar, Timothy Bottoms) (  

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