During World War II, General Dwight D. Eisenhower serves as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe. On a personal level, he has an extramarital affair with his driver Kay Summersby.




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Series cast summary:
Lloyd Alan Lloyd Alan ...  3rd Sergeant 2 episodes, 1979
Terence Alexander ...  Gen. Arthur Tedder 2 episodes, 1979
Dana Andrews ...  Gen. George C. Marshall 2 episodes, 1979
Jonathan Banks ...  1st Sergeant 2 episodes, 1979
Bonnie Bartlett ...  Mamie Eisenhower 2 episodes, 1979
Whit Bissell ...  Admiral 2 episodes, 1979
William Boyett ...  Gen. Ward Hoffenberg 2 episodes, 1979
K Callan ...  Mrs. Westerfield 2 episodes, 1979
J.D. Cannon ...  Gen. Walter Bedell Smith 2 episodes, 1979
Anne Clements Anne Clements ...  Cockney Mum 2 episodes, 1979
Patrick Culliton Patrick Culliton ...  Young Lieutenant 2 episodes, 1979
David de Keyser David de Keyser ...  Field Marshall Sir Alan Brooke 2 episodes, 1979
Vernon Dobtcheff ...  Gen. Charles DeGaulle 2 episodes, 1979
Robert Duvall ...  Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower 2 episodes, 1979
Clifford Earl Clifford Earl ...  Mountbatten 2 episodes, 1979
Don Fellows ...  Gen. Carl Spaatz 2 episodes, 1979
Paul Gleason ...  Capt. Ernest 'Tex' Lee 2 episodes, 1979
Redmond Gleeson Redmond Gleeson ...  Riley 2 episodes, 1979
Charles Gray ...  Gen. 'Freddie' DeGuingand 2 episodes, 1979
Charles H. Gray ...  Gen. Lucian Truscott 2 episodes, 1979
Mitchell Group Mitchell Group ...  2nd Sergeant 2 episodes, 1979
Richard Herd ...  Gen. Omar Bradley 2 episodes, 1979
Lise Hilboldt Lise Hilboldt ...  Jean Dixon 2 episodes, 1979
Peter Hobbs ...  Admiral 2 episodes, 1979
Robert James ...  Capt. Burns 2 episodes, 1979
Clifton Jones ...  Sgt. Hunt 2 episodes, 1979
James Keane ...  Corporal 2 episodes, 1979
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ...  Gen. Pagel 2 episodes, 1979
Laurence Luckinbill ...  Maj. Rchard Arnold 2 episodes, 1979
Julia MacKenzie Julia MacKenzie ...  Sybil Bryan 2 episodes, 1979
Michael Malnick Michael Malnick ...  Gen. Strong 2 episodes, 1979
Maurice Marsac ...  Gen. Henri Giraud 2 episodes, 1979
Vincent Marzello Vincent Marzello ...  Mickey McKeogh 2 episodes, 1979
Francis Matthews ...  Noel Coward 2 episodes, 1979
Darren McGavin ...  Gen. George S. Patton 2 episodes, 1979
Richard McKenzie ...  Col. Offenheim 2 episodes, 1979
Patricia Michael Patricia Michael ...  Gertrude Lawrence 2 episodes, 1979
Wensley Pithey Wensley Pithey ...  Winston Churchill 2 episodes, 1979
Wolfgang Preiss ...  Field Marshal Alfred Jodl 2 episodes, 1979
Lee Remick ...  Kay Summersby 2 episodes, 1979
Ian Richardson ...  Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery 2 episodes, 1979
Stephen Roberts Stephen Roberts ...  President Franklin Delano Roosevelt 2 episodes, 1979
William Schallert ...  Gen. Mark Clark 2 episodes, 1979
Lowell Thomas ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1979
Joe Unger ...  Private 2 episodes, 1979
Major Wiley Major Wiley ...  Sgt. Mooney 2 episodes, 1979


Miniseries detailing the life of Dwight D. Eisenhower, who commanded American forces during World War II, romanced his driver Kay Summersby and later became President of the United States. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Mightiest Invasion Force in History Fights Its Way to Victory. Led by the Greatest American Hero of the 20th Century. The Man Everyone Called...Ike


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Release Date:

1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ike: The War Years See more »

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ABC Circle Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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According to the cast list, Wolfgang Preiss plays Field-Marshal Alfred Jodl. Jodl was actually a Generaloberst - one rank below Field Marshal. See more »


Edited into Ike: The War Years (1980) See more »

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Robert Duvall makes this for me
25 October 2003 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

Someone said that this film is much ado about nothing. They said that it spends an entire miniseries debating an absurdly narrow historical question. Did General Eisenhower have an affair with his English driver Kay Summersby? Harry Truman, who never liked Eisenhower, said that he wrote to General George C. Marshall and asked permission to divorce Mamie so he could marry this woman. Truman said Marshall wrote such a blistering response that he abandoned the idea. Truman said he destroyed the letter so it cannot be proven today. This aside, Robert Duvall is an amazing actor who really brings Eisenhower to life. He shows his humanity and his decency, especially when he has to make the decision for the Normandy Invasion. This is a fine miniseries in the tradition of Holocaust and Roots that gives a fine history lesson.

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