Easy Company paratroopers jump behind enemy lines in Normandy on D-Day and struggle to reunite in hostile territory.

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David Blair ...
Co-Pilot
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Hans Schmidt
Steve Chaplin ...
Pilot
Alexis Conran ...
George Lavenson
Matthew Duquenoy ...
Co-Pilot - Plane 66
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Gerald J. Lorraine
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Nolan Hemmings ...
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In the very early hours of the D-Day invasion, Easy Company along with thousands of other Allied paratroopers land behind enemy lines in Normandy. In the chaos of the jump however, they are spread far and wide with many landing far from their expected drop zone. Lt. Winters assembles the few men they can find and slowly make their way to their rendezvous point. As the men straggle in, they also must adjust such as when Malarkey meets a German soldier who grew up in Oregon. Easy's Company commander is still missing so Winters is left in charge and is ordered to take out a German artillery bunker that is wreaking havoc with the troops landing on the beach. They do so with great efficiency and are rewarded with several Bronze and Silver Stars and the Distinguished Service Cross for Winters. Written by garykmcd

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Action | Drama | History | War

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9 September 2001 (USA)  »

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Trivia

After Lt Winters tells Sgt Guarnere, "Sergeant, I'm not a Quaker!" and then leaves to a burst of laughter, Guarnere comments, "Being from Lancaster County, he's probably a Mennonite." In his memoirs, written a few years after the release of this miniseries, Winters mentions that his ancestry actually was Mennonite although his immediate family were not firm practitioners of the religion. See more »

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When Speirs comes up during the assault on the German artillery, he hands Winters what is supposed to be a bag full of ammo, which should be quite heavy. The bag clearly weighs almost nothing, as both actors toss it around as if it were a t-shirt. See more »

Quotes

1st Lt. Lynn 'Buck' Compton: Any word on Lieutenant Meehan yet, sir?
Maj. Richard D. Winters: No, not yet.
Bill Guarnere: Don't that make you our commanding officer, sir?
Maj. Richard D. Winters: Yeah, it does.
SSgt. Joseph Toye: Sir?
[offers Winters a bottle of whiskey]
Bill Guarnere: Joe, the Lieutenant don't drink.
Maj. Richard D. Winters: [Takes the bottle] It's been a day of firsts.
[drinks, then hands bottle to Guarnere]
Maj. Richard D. Winters: Don't you think, Guarnere?
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Main Theme
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Composed by Michael Kamen
Performed by The London Metropolitan Orchestra
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Similar Atmosphere to Saving Private Ryan, More Depth
19 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The episode begins with interviews with American veterans of World War II, which lets the viewer know that the following program is as close to the true story as a reenactment can be. Like Saving Private Ryan, it opens with a graphic, disturbing scene as the US paratroopers prepare to jump into Normandy. Planes burst into flames, men are shot. The cinematography is beautiful, which helps immerse the viewer, who feels the same fear as the soldiers themselves. The cast is mostly character actors, with few familiar names, even to a film buff like me. This is good, as it prevents the viewer from having any preconceptions about the characters. The set pieces are masterfully designed, noting the cows chewing cud in the background while soldiers are talking. It doesn't look like a Hollywood film set; it looks like a once-inhabited village. This is the first episode of Band of Brothers I have seen. I will most definitely watch all the other episodes.


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