The Pacific (2010)
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Iwo Jima 

Frustrated with his bond selling tour, Basilone goes back to training troops and after marrying a pretty marine sergeant, leads his men at Iwo Jima.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
PFC Robert Leckie (credit only)
Pfc. Eugene Sledge
Dwight Braswell ...
Cpl. R.V. Burgin
Pfc. Jay De L'eau
Capt. Le Francois
Dora Basilone
1st Lt. Ben Sohn
Stephen Leeder ...
Lt Gen. Alexander Vandegrift
Luigi Lucente ...
Carlo Basilone


The men have been relieved on Peleliu and return to Pavuvu where they are resting and awaiting their next assignment. Sledge sees something being thrown out in the trash and decides to keep it. Back in the USA, John Basilone requests re-assignment from his bond promotion duties and is transferred to Camp Pendleton as an instructor. There he meets Sgt. Lena Riggi, who is in charge of the mess hall. She's no pushover and it takes several attempts before she will even go out with him. Basilone's enlistment is up in a few months and he must decide if he is going to return to civilian life or sign up for another tour and accompany his men to Iwo Jima, their next assignment. He and Lena decide they are going to make the most of the time they have together. Written by garykmcd

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2 May 2010 (USA)  »

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In the Guadalcanal episode, Basilone's forearms were heavily burned by the machine gun barrel. In this episode, when he undresses with Lena, his forearms are unscarred. See more »


[as Basilone rouses the platoon for an early-morning training exercise]
PFC 'Steve' Evanson: How come we're the only ones runnin' like this every damn morning?
PFC Charles Tatum: Make us the best.
PFC 'Steve' Evanson: Shut up. I'm so sick of this shit. I just want to get out there and slap a Jap.
[Basilone overhears this and walks down the line to Evanson]
Sgt. John Basilone: What did you say?
PFC 'Steve' Evanson: I said I wanna slap a Jap, Gunny.
[the platoon chuckles; Basilone pauses for a bit]
Sgt. John Basilone: "Slap a Jap." Well, how 'bout it, boys? I bet you all wanna do more than "slap a Jap."
Marines: Yes, Gunny!
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A Different Review of Iwo Jima (1.8)
15 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree with the previous reviews decrying the Iwo Jima episode as a tad melodramatic. I disagree about its merits as both a series and the episode in particular, however. The sheer brutality, macabre reality of this series is notches beyond the romanticized military history portrayed in much of "BoB"; this is not, I should stress, a negative comparison of the series in terms of entertainment quality. "Band of Brothers" is a remarkable feat of cinema and fictionalized history, perhaps the best ever. Admittedly, "The Pacific" is in many ways an ugly, disgruntled, not entirely satisfactory little brother. To my mind, entirely mirroring the reality Is it sappy at times? Sure. It's also entirely disgusting, vivid, and revolting in its reenactment of the brutalizations brought about by modern war. The highs and lows are what make "The Pacific" a series worthy of consideration beyond naive comparisons to "BoB". It doesn't fit everyone's expectations... which is not an adequate indictment of a remarkable bit of fiction.

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