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Band of Brothers 

TV-MA | | Action, Drama, History | TV Mini-Series (2001)
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The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord, through V-J Day.
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Series cast summary:
Scott Grimes ...  Donald G. Malarkey 10 episodes, 2001
Damian Lewis ...  Richard D. Winters 10 episodes, 2001
Ron Livingston ...  Lewis Nixon 10 episodes, 2001
Shane Taylor ...  Eugene G. Roe 10 episodes, 2001
Donnie Wahlberg ...  C. Carwood Lipton 10 episodes, 2001
Peter Youngblood Hills ...  Darrell C. (Shifty) Powers 10 episodes, 2001
Matthew Leitch ...  Floyd M. (Tab) Talbert 10 episodes, 2001
Rod Strohl Rod Strohl ...  Himself 10 episodes, 2001
Nicholas Aaron ...  Robert E. (Popeye) Wynn 9 episodes, 2001
Philip Barantini ...  Wayne A. (Skinny) Sisk 9 episodes, 2001
Michael Cudlitz ...  Denver (Bull) Randleman 9 episodes, 2001
Dexter Fletcher ...  John W. Martin 9 episodes, 2001
Rick Gomez ...  George Luz 9 episodes, 2001
James Madio ...  Frank J. Perconte 9 episodes, 2001
Ross McCall ...  Joseph D. Liebgott 9 episodes, 2001
Doug Allen ...  Alton M. More 8 episodes, 2001
George Calil George Calil ...  James H. (Mo) Alley Jr. 8 episodes, 2001
Nolan Hemmings Nolan Hemmings ...  Charles E. (Chuck) Grant 8 episodes, 2001
Robin Laing ...  Edward J. (Babe) Heffron 8 episodes, 2001
Neal McDonough ...  Lynn D. (Buck) Compton 8 episodes, 2001
Rick Warden ...  Harry F. Welsh 8 episodes, 2001
Dale Dye ...  Col. Robert F. Sink 7 episodes, 2001
Michael Fassbender ...  Burton P. (Pat) Christenson 7 episodes, 2001
Frank John Hughes ...  William J. Guarnere 7 episodes, 2001
Tim Matthews ...  Alex M. Penkala Jr. 7 episodes, 2001
Rene L. Moreno ...  Joseph Ramirez 7 episodes, 2001
Douglas Spain ...  Antonio C. Garcia 7 episodes, 2001
Richard Speight Jr. ...  Warren H. (Skip) Muck 7 episodes, 2001
Kirk Acevedo ...  Joseph D. Toye 6 episodes, 2001
Eion Bailey ...  David Kenyon Webster 6 episodes, 2001
Craig Heaney ...  Roy W. Cobb 6 episodes, 2001
Peter McCabe ...  Donald B. Hoobler 6 episodes, 2001
Matthew Settle ...  Ronald C. Speirs 6 episodes, 2001
Ben Caplan ...  Walter S. (Smokey) Gordon Jr. 5 episodes, 2001
Mark Huberman ...  Lester Hashey 5 episodes, 2001
Phil McKee ...  Maj. Robert L. Strayer 5 episodes, 2001
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This is the story of "E" Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division from their initial training starting in 1942 to the end of World War II. They parachuted behind enemy lines in the early hours of D-Day in support of the landings at Utah beach, participated in the liberation of Carentan and again parachuted into action during Operation Market Garden. They also liberated a concentration camp and were the first to enter Hitler's mountain retreat in Berchtesgaden. A fascinating tale of comradeship that is, in the end, a tale of ordinary men who did extraordinary things. Written by garykmcd

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Ordinary men. Extraordinary times. See more »

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Action | Drama | History | War

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English | Dutch | French | German | Lithuanian

Release Date:

9 September 2001 (USA) See more »

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$125,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The Hatfield Aerodrome in Hertfordshire, previously host to part of the Saving Private Ryan (1998) shoot, became the principal location, and sets of the English, Dutch, and French sites, including a river and massive dikes, were created there. See more »

Goofs

In "Currahee", Robert Strayer is (correctly) wearing the rank insignia of a major when Easy Company is celebrating its paratrooper qualification. Strayer was promoted to lieutenant colonel in January or February of 1943, and Winters refers to him as such during his explanation to Sobel about the latrine inspection incident. On D-Day (in episode 2) just prior to the attack on the 105mm guns at Brecourt Manor, Winters and another officer refer to Strayer as a major. He had been an LTC long enough (16 or 17 months) to rule out a slip of the tongue, especially by two different officers. See more »

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Liebgott: [on a convoy to Bavaria] It's gonna be good times, Web... When we get home I mean... First thing I'm gonna do is get my job back at the cab company in Frisco. Make a killing of all those fucking sailors coming home, you know? Then I'm gonna find me a nice Jewish girl, with great big soft titties and a smile to die for. Marry her. Then I'm gonna buy a house... A big house, with lots of bedrooms for all the little Liebgotts we're gonna be making.
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Alternate Versions

All episodes except the third were rated "Not under 16" in Germany. For commercial reasons (films with a rating higher than "Not under 16" are restricted in distribution and may not be sold online) the third episode, which was rated "Not under 18", was edited for violence. The uncut DVD is available separately in video stores in a red snapper case. See more »

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Featured in The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2002) See more »

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Band Of Brothers (Suite One)
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Composed by Michael Kamen
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Realistic WWII Drama With Warts Included
6 November 2001 | by bsmith5552See all my reviews

"Band of Brothers" in a word is awesome. I couldn't wait to see each episode. Co-Executive Produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, it has the realism, look and feel of Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" (1998) but with more insight into the characters. Hanks even directed one episode himself.

Told over ten gut wrenching episodes, the story centers on a company of soldiers in the 101st American Airborne Division in WWII from their initial basic training to their landing in France on D-Day to their many battles and ordeals through to the liberation of a concentration camp and finally through to the end of the war.

The soldiers are ordinary people thrust into horrific situations and shows how each is able (or not able) to deal with the situations. The battle scenes are realistic and convincing and the special effects are breath taking. While the series depicts the trials and tribulations of the company, it isn't afraid to show how the war affects seemingly sane and rational men. For example there is a scene where the nominal hero of the story, Winters (Damien Lewis) shoots an unarmed German soldier out of frustration. There is also a scene where a group of German prisoners are cut down by an American officer after he had given them cigarettes. Even after the German surrender there are instances of out and out murder of Germans. This is very rare for an American war story.

The cast is of largely unknown actors, which makes for a more effective telling of the story. There is no John Wayne leading the troops to victory kind of thing. Damien Lewis is very good as Winters who rises through the ranks to lead the company. Ron Livingston plays his friend and second in command, Nixon. Others include David Schwimmer, excellent as the training officer, Scott Grimes as Malarkey the grizzled sergeant and ex New Boys on the Block member Donnie Wahlberg effective as Corporal Lipton.

"Band of Brothers" is a story that could only be told in a mini-series. It clearly shows that war really is hell.


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