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"The War" FUBAR: September 1944 - December 1944 (2007)

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The War: Season 1: Episode 5 -- Victory in Europe seems imminent, but in Holland, the Vosges Mountains, and the Hurtgen Forest, GIs learn painful lessons as old as war itself--that generals make plans, plans go wrong and soldiers die. Meanwhile, on the island of Peleliu, the Marines fight one of the most brutal, and unnecessary, battles of the Pacific.


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Ken Burns (co-director)
Lynn Novick (co-director)
Geoffrey C. Ward (written by)
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Original Air Date:
30 September 2007 (Season 1, Episode 5)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Keith David ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Quentin Aanenson ... Himself - Resident of Luverne, Minnesota
Emma Belle Pelcher ... Herself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama
Paul Fussell ... Himself - Infantry
Harry Schmid ... Himself - Resident of Sacramento, California
Dwain Luce ... Himself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama
Sidney Phillips ... Himself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama
Katharine Phillips ... Herself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama
Willie Rushton ... Himself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama
Burt Wilson ... Himself - Resident of Sacramento, California
William Perkins ... Himself - Resident of Sacramento, California
Walter Thompson ... Himself - Resident of Sacramento, California
Jeroline Green ... Herself - Resident of Sacramento, California
Barbara Covington ... Herself - Resident of Sacramento, California
Sascha Weinzheimer ... Herself - Resident of Sacramento Valley, California
Robert Kashiwagi ... Himself - Resident of Sacramento, California
Susumu Satow ... Himself - Resident of Sacramento, California
Tim Tokuno ... Himself - Resident of Sacramento, California
Jim Sherman ... Himself - Resident of Luverne, Minnesota
Tom Galloway ... Himself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama
Jackie Greer ... Herself - Resident of Louisiana
Joe Medicine Crow ... Himself - Resident of Montana

Tom Hanks ... Al McIntosh
Rebecca Holtz ... Reader (voice)

Josh Lucas ... Reader (voice)

Carolyn McCormick ... Reader (voice)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Ken Burns (co-director)
Lynn Novick (co-director)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Geoffrey C. Ward  written by

Produced by
Pam Tubridy Baucom .... coordinating producer
Sarah Botstein .... producer
Ken Burns .... executive producer
Ken Burns .... producer
Dayton Duncan .... consulting producer
Meghan Horvath .... associate producer
Karen Kenton .... producer
Taylor Krauss .... associate producer
David McMahon .... co-producer
Peter Miller .... co-producer
Lynn Novick .... producer
Original Music by
Wynton Marsalis (original music by)
Cinematography by
Buddy Squires 
Film Editing by
Erik Ewers 
Tricia Reidy 
Production Management
Kirk Carapezza .... post-production associate
Christopher Darling .... post-production associate
Dalton Delan .... executive in charge of production
Meagan Frappiea .... post-production associate
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elle Carriere .... assistant director
Art Department
Lou Kinard .... visual designer
Sound Department
Stewart Adam .... sound recordist
Gerard Bonnette .... sound recordist
Doug Dunderdale .... sound recordist
Erik Ewers .... sound effects editor
Ryan Gifford .... sound effects editor
Mariusz Glabinski .... sound effects editor
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... dialogue editor
John Haptas .... sound recordist
Sean Huff .... assistant sound editor
Steve Longstreth .... sound recordist
Dave Mast .... assistant sound editor
Michael Miller .... original dialogue mixer
John Osborne .... sound recordist
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Brenda Ray .... sound recordist
Mike Reilly .... sound recordist
Brian Roth .... voice over recording
Mark Roy .... sound recordist
David Schumacher .... sound mixer
Bob Silverthorne .... sound recordist
Ira Spiegel .... sound effects editor
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
Lou Verrico .... voice over recording
Magdaline Volaitis .... dialogue editor
Animation Department
John Bair .... animation supervisor
Paul Docherty .... digital animator
Nathan Meier .... animator
Trevor Sias .... animator
Editorial Department
Paul Barnes .... executive editor
Paul Docherty .... assistant editor
John Dowdell .... colorist
John Dowdell .... digital intermediate colorist
Meagan Frappiea .... post-production associate
Ryan Gifford .... assistant editor
Mark R. McCallum .... additional editing
Tim Spitzer .... post-production coordinator
Mike Trinker .... digital intermediate editor
Daniel J. White .... assistant editor
Music Department
Walter Blanding .... musician: saxophone
Leon Botstein .... music consultant
Bill Charlap .... musician: piano
Tom Evered .... music consultant
Amanda Forsyth .... musician: cello
Victor Goines .... musician: clarinet
Carlos Henriquez .... musician: bass
Ali Jackson .... musician: drums
Wynton Marsalis .... musician: trumoet
Mark O'Connor .... musician: violin
Jacob Ribicoff .... music editor
Gene Scheer .... additional music
Jacqueline Schwab .... musician: piano
Andy Stein .... musician: violin
Doug Wamble .... musician: guitar
John Weston .... music engineer
Other crew
Ted Alcorn .... production associate
Chuck Barger .... education
James Barker .... advisor
Devon Ciampa .... administrative assistant
Lizabeth Cohen .... advisor
David Conlin .... other crew
Joe DePlasco .... publicist
Michael Dolan .... researcher
Brent Dunn .... developer
Gerald Early .... advisor
Paul Fussell .... advisor
Robert N. Gold .... legal services
Anne Harrington .... interactive media
Lisa Hartjens .... archival footage
Sam Haynes .... advisor
Brenda Heath .... chief financial officer
John Hebert .... developer
Mike Hill .... researcher
Sean Huff .... technical director
Craig Impink .... other crew
David Kennedy .... advisor
Patty Lawlor .... associate financial officer
William Leuchtenburg .... advisor
Valerie Marcus .... legal services
Martin E. Marty .... advisor
Dave Mast .... technical director
Mari Miyachi .... researcher
Jim Parker .... researcher
Sharon Rockefeller .... other crew
Reiko Sakuma .... researcher
Stacey Schwartz .... project manager
Susan Shumaker .... researcher
Richard F. Snow .... advisor
Roger Spiller .... advisor
David S. Thompson .... project director
Daniel J. White .... digital image restoration
Jessie Anderson .... production intern (uncredited)

Production Companies

Additional Details

125 min

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
More Battles And Plenty Of Heroics & Suffering, 26 October 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This disc only covers a few months - from September through December in 1944 - but it has a lot in it, just as the other discs, and a lot of its powerful.

I didn't take any notes but I remember a bunch of sights, such as the skies filled with men parachuting in Belgium. That campaign, "Operation Market Garden," initiated by Britain's Gen. Montgomery, was a disaster. Another was a raid on Peleliu, a small island in the Pacific, which also turned brutal, thanks to the Japanese digging in, in these incredibly-built, fortified caves. "There's nothing left to bomb," says one naval officer but then when the Marines land, they get the same surprise as what happened to the soldiers at Iwo Jima (except, thankfully, with fewer losses. However, the assignment was expected to take four days and it took four months!)

A couple of the guys from Mobile, Ala., that have been featured in this series, were among the Marines on that island. One of them wrote a diary, where he writes of his frustration over matters. His most vivid descriptions, I thought, were those of seeing dead bodies in their different stages of death and decay - gruesome stuff. It's a wonder more of these men didn't wind up mental cases the rest of their lives, the horrors they saw described here.

The gist of some of this episode seemed to be how the infantry suffered everywhere, that the men in control of decisions were fairly safe-and-sound but the guys on the ground - the average men - did all the fighting and dying, and all the suffering and witnessing of the almost unspeakable brutality.

Other memorable scenes and words included the bravery of the Japanese-American fighting unit; the horror of a man being introduced to the shock of war by seeing two dead Germans who looked to be 12-year-old boys with brains sticking out of their head and - maybe the most amazing battle site of the entire war - the ultra-thick and dark Hurtgen Forest in Germany - another place that produced a high death-rate total, a disaster on both sides when the fighting stopped.

The stories just keep getting more incredible as the tales of this war continue.

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