Band of Brothers (2001)

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The story of Easy Company of the US Army 101st Airborne division and their mission in WWII Europe from Operation Overlord through V-J Day.

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 TSgt. Donald Malarkey / ... (10 episodes, 2001)
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 Pvt. Robert 'Popeye' Wynn / ... (9 episodes, 2001)
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 Cpl. Joseph Liebgott / ... (9 episodes, 2001)
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 Sgt. Alton More (8 episodes, 2001)
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 Pvt. James 'Moe' Alley / ... (8 episodes, 2001)
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 SSgt. John Martin / ... (8 episodes, 2001)
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 Sgt. Charles 'Chuck' Grant / ... (8 episodes, 2001)
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 1st Lt. Harry Welsh / ... (8 episodes, 2001)
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 Pvt. Edward 'Babe' Heffron / ... (8 episodes, 2001)
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 Col. Robert Sink / ... (7 episodes, 2001)
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 Sgt. Burton 'Pat' Christenson (7 episodes, 2001)
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 Pvt. Joseph Ramirez / ... (7 episodes, 2001)
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 SSgt. William 'Wild Bill' Guarnere / ... (7 episodes, 2001)
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 Cpl. Alex Penkala / ... (7 episodes, 2001)
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 Pvt. Antonio Garcia (7 episodes, 2001)
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 Sgt. Warren 'Skip' Muck / ... (7 episodes, 2001)
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 Pvt. David Kenyon Webster (6 episodes, 2001)
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 Pvt. Roy Cobb / ... (6 episodes, 2001)
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 SSgt. Joseph Toye / ... (6 episodes, 2001)
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 Cpl. Donald Hoobler / ... (6 episodes, 2001)
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 Capt. Ronald Speirs (6 episodes, 2001)
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 Cpl. Walter 'Smokey' Gordon / ... (5 episodes, 2001)
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 Lt. Col. Robert L. Strayer / ... (5 episodes, 2001)
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 Pvt. Lester 'Leo' Hashey (5 episodes, 2001)
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This is the story of "E" Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division from their initial training starting in 1942 to the end of World War II. They parachuted behind enemy lines in the early hours of D-Day in support of the landings at Utah beach, participated in the liberation of Carentan and again parachuted into action during Operation Market Garden. They also liberated a concentration camp and were the first to enter Hitler's mountain retreat in Berchtesgarten. A fascinating tale of comradeship that is, in the end, a tale of ordinary men who did extraordinary things. Written by garykmcd

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They depended on each other. And the world depended on them. See more »

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Frères d'armes  »

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$125,000,000 (estimated)
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The series was previewed for the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University several weeks prior to its air date. See more »

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When the 101st Airborne was sent into Belgium just before the Battle of the Bulge they were ordered to remove the Screaming Eagle patch from their uniforms, so the Germans would not know they were facing an elite division. It was only after the battle when they moved into Hagenau that they were able to wear the patches again. See more »

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David Webster: Lieb, I fucking hate this.
Joseph Liebgott: Oh, Jesus Christ. They fingered him! I was in the fucking room, Web! One of those Polacks what was in the slave camps said this is where the guy lives, right here.
[points at house]
David Webster: Which camp?
Joseph Liebgott: Whatever camp! I'm under direct orders and I'm happy to follow them!
[Liebgott and Sisk get out of the jeep. Liebgott cocks his pistol. Webster hesitates, then runs after them]
David Webster: Is this a personal thing, Joe?
Joseph Liebgott: What?
David Webster: Is this personal to you?
Joseph Liebgott: No, it's a goddamn order.
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Magnificent, absolutely magnificent
4 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

BAND OF BROTHERS

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Sound format: Dolby Digital

(10 episodes)

The trials and tribulations of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, from the D-Day landings in Normandy to their capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest in Austria at the end of World War II.

Co-produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, HBO's epic 10-part miniseries (based on a terrific bestselling book by the late Stephen E. Ambrose) was the most expensive TV undertaking of its day, costing a massive $120 million to produce. And, as the old saying goes, every penny is up there on the screen. Borne from the success of Spielberg's SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998) - with which it shares a similar dramatic and visual style - BAND OF BROTHERS' recreation of a glorious (and hard-won) chapter in American history assumed an even greater patriotic significance during its initial US broadcast, when it coincided with the horrific events of September 2001. Written with economy and grace, and directed with emotional intensity by a series of directors (including Phil Alden Robinson, Richard Loncraine and Hanks himself) whose combined efforts achieve a genuine aesthetic uniformity, the movie is a masterpiece of storytelling and historical documentation. Punctuated by horrific battle sequences, in which the camera is placed within mere inches of the death and destruction, the film transcends its educational remit by focusing intently on the human cost of war. Almost every episode opens with testimony from surviving members of Easy Company (none of whom are identified until the end of the series), which further strengthens the emphasis which BAND OF BROTHERS - book and film - places on the bonds which drew them together in times of conflict. And, because it's a true story, there's no telling from one episode to the next which of the 'characters' will live or die, which makes it all the more potent and visceral.

The entire production represents quality writ large: Beautifully filmed on various European locations (including the UK and Austria), the movie is noble without being the least bit pompous or austere, and it manages to humanize a large cast of essential characters with small touches of humanity and humor, all of which serves to heighten the sense of terror as they descend into the maelstrom of conflict. The first - and longest

  • episode is deceptively staid, featuring David Schwimmer (a long way


from TV's "Friends") as a cowardly, bullying commanding officer whose tyrannical methods nevertheless shaped Easy Company into a fighting force which eventually cut a swathe through the heart of occupied Europe. Brit actor Damian Lewis takes the spotlight thereafter as Easy Company's most respected platoon leader, with Ron Livingston as his right hand man. Other standout performances in a flawless cast include Matthew Settle as battle-hardened platoon leader Ronald Speirs whose wartime career was distinguished by numerous acts of bravery (fuelled by a unique - if morbid - personal philosophy), Shane Taylor as company medic Eugene Roe, Neal McDonough as 2nd lieutenant 'Buck' Compton (laid low by his horrific combat experiences), and Donnie Wahlberg as 1st sergeant C. Carwood Lipton, who maintained the morale of his fellow soldiers, even when the odds seemed stacked against them. Every episode has its merits, but stand-outs include David Leland's 'Bastogne' (ep. 6), which recounts the horrendous circumstances surrounding Easy Company's involvement in the Battle of the Bulge, and David Frankel's 'Why We Fight' (ep. 9), in which the full horror of the Nazi regime is uncovered in a German forest. Additionally, the closing moments of chapter 10 ('Points', directed by Mikael Salomon) are truly heartbreaking.

It's doubtful that a more fitting tribute to the men of Easy Company could have been devised than BAND OF BROTHERS, a truly remarkable film in every conceivable way. By turns engrossing, provocative and *deeply* moving, it stands as a testament to those who fought and died for our freedoms, almost a lifetime ago.


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