The Pacific (2010)
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After V-J Day Leckie and Sledge return home and try to readjust to civilian life.

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Sgt. John Basilone (credit only)
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Marion Leckie
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Edward Sledge (as Josh Close)
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Mary Frank Sledge
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Vera Keller
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Charles Dunworthy
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Sgt. Lena Basilone
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Troop Train Porter
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Mary Houston Phillips
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The war is over and the men wonder what the future might hold for them. Robert Lechie returns home to his cold family and gets his old job back. His main purpose is to see if he can start a relationship with Vera who lives across the street. Eugene Sledge makes it home some six months after VJ Day and is met by his old friend, Sid Phillips. Eugene is having trouble settling into civilian life and cannot quite understand why some men like himself survived with no physical injuries when so many others died. Lena visits John Basilone's parents and has something of John's she thinks they should have. Written by garykmcd

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16 May 2010 (USA)  »

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When Leckie was "re-interviewing" for his old job at the Bergen Evening Record, he said he wanted to cover a high school football game between Don Bosco Prep and Bergen Catholic. Bergen Catholic did not open until 1955, ten years after the war ended. See more »

Quotes

PFC Sidney Phillips: [driving Eugene home from the train station] What d'you remember about Mary Huston?
Eugene B. Sledge: Mary Huston?
PFC Sidney Phillips: Yeah.
Eugene B. Sledge: *The* Mary Huston? Well, like everybody else in Mobile, I was in love with Mary Huston
PFC Sidney Phillips: Well, that's too bad for you, 'cause she's marryin' me.
Eugene B. Sledge: [sarcastically] Yeah, sure she will. The minute she goes blind.
PFC Sidney Phillips: Well, I asked her. She said yes. So you're just gonna have to deal with it, brother.
Eugene B. Sledge: You're saying that Mary Huston is gonna be Mary Huston Phillips?
PFC Sidney Phillips: [happily] In the eyes of God and the law.
Eugene B. Sledge: ...
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With The Old Breed - End Title Theme From The Pacific
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Composed by Blake Neely, Geoff Zanelli, Hans Zimmer
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A difficult, fitting finale
17 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The final episode of "The Pacific" is difficult not in subject matter - narratively it's formulaic to a fault - but in contrast to the prior episode, on Okinawa. We have (arguably) the darkest and ugliest episode, follow by the most sentimental and rosy. Sledgehammer suffers the earliest reactions to PTSD, postwar, while Leckie sweet-talks his way into his old job and into the arms of his sweetheart across the street. Incidentally, I found the Leckie and Vera scenes to be an appropriate conclusion. And dare I say, endearing? Cliché they may be, but wasn't this the era that invented such cinematic clichés to begin with? Also, the Vera-Leckie angle is satisfying, considering that Leckie was probably the only really engaging character in the whole series.

Many rightly consider "Band of Brothers" the best television miniseries, ever; it's a tough act to follow, and "The Pacific" doesn't really try. Instead it endeavors to show a side of of the Second World War not often portrayed in mainstream entertainment, and not just in a geographic sense. Although wildly uneven in tone, taken as a whole "The Pacific" effectively captures the brutality of the Pacific Theater, particularly the psychological pain of its combatants.


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