The Pacific: Season 1, Episode 1

Guadalcanal/Leckie (14 Mar. 2010)

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Veteran Sergeant John Basilone ships out soon after Pearl Harbor for Guadalcanal while other young enlistees are sent to boot camp.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
PFC Eugene Sledge (as Joe Mazzello)
Tom Budge ...
Linda Cropper ...
Vera Keller


Directly following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Seargent John Basilone ships out to fight the enemy somewhere in the Pacific, and a young journalist called Robert Leckie enlists in the Marine Corps. Sidney Phillips ships off to boot camp after saying farewell to his friend Eugene Sledge, who cannot go with him due to a heart murmur. Eight months later, Phillips and Leckie, having completed boot camp are sent to secure a airfield on Guadalcanal, and to help defend it against counterattack. Written by David Fuller

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PFC Robert Leckie: [reading a letter from home] "P.S., your mother would like to know if you want us to send you your dress blue uniform."
[they all laugh]
PFC Robert Leckie: Must think we get a lot of fancy dress balls around here.
PFC Wilbur 'Runner' Conley: Hey, if we have one, can I be your date?
PFC Robert Leckie: *You* are ugly. I want Hoosier.
PFC Bill 'Hoosier' Smith: [casually] Take a number.
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Very good start
20 March 2010 | by (Lithuania) – See all my reviews

Greetings from Lithuania.

I've been waiting for this show from the first time i heard that creators of "Band of Brothers" are making this. And, i can say now, i'ts been worth waiting. First episode is very good. It's not a masterpiece, it's nothing we haven't see before, but it's a very good first episode of (hopfuly) great mini series. Acting, directing is good

  • no surprise, when S.Spielberg is ex-producer. Watching the first

episode, i start thinking about "The Thin red line", but it's a totally different (no surprise here). So far so good.Can't wait for next episode.

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