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

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Directors:
Ken Burns (co-director)
Lynn Novick (co-director)
Writer:
Geoffrey C. Ward (written by)
TV Series:
Original Air Date:
30 September 2007 (Season 1, Episode 5)
Genre:
Plot:
Victory in Europe seems imminent, but in Holland, the Vosges Mountains, and the Hurtgen Forest, GIs... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 (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
Sarah Botstein .... producer
Ken Burns .... executive producer
Ken Burns .... producer
Meghan Horvath .... associate 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 
 
Sound Department
Mariusz Glabinski .... sound effects editor
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... dialogue editor
Michael Miller .... original dialogue mixer
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Ira Spiegel .... sound effects editor
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Animation Department
John Bair .... animation supervisor
Paul Docherty .... digital animator
 
Editorial Department
Paul Barnes .... executive editor
Paul Docherty .... assistant editor
John Dowdell .... digital intermediate colorist
Meagan Frappiea .... post-production associate
Mike Trinker .... digital intermediate editor
Daniel J. White .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Bill Charlap .... musician: piano
Amanda Forsyth .... musician: cello
Victor Goines .... musician: clarinet
Jacob Ribicoff .... music editor
Andy Stein .... musician: violin
Doug Wamble .... musician: guitar
 
Other crew
Ted Alcorn .... production associate
Jessie Anderson .... production intern (uncredited)
 


Additional Details

Runtime:
125 min
Certification:

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Soundtrack:
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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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