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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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Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

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Series cast summary:
...  Donald G. Malarkey 10 episodes, 2001
...  Richard D. Winters 10 episodes, 2001
...  Lewis Nixon 10 episodes, 2001
...  Eugene G. Roe 10 episodes, 2001
...  C. Carwood Lipton 10 episodes, 2001
...  Darrell C. (Shifty) Powers 10 episodes, 2001
...  Floyd M. (Tab) Talbert 10 episodes, 2001
Rod Strohl ...  Himself 10 episodes, 2001
...  Robert E. (Popeye) Wynn 9 episodes, 2001
...  Wayne A. (Skinny) Sisk 9 episodes, 2001
...  Denver (Bull) Randleman 9 episodes, 2001
...  John W. Martin 9 episodes, 2001
...  George Luz 9 episodes, 2001
...  Frank J. Perconte 9 episodes, 2001
...  Joseph D. Liebgott 9 episodes, 2001
...  Alton M. More 8 episodes, 2001
George Calil ...  James H. (Mo) Alley Jr. 8 episodes, 2001
Nolan Hemmings ...  Charles E. (Chuck) Grant 8 episodes, 2001
...  Edward J. (Babe) Heffron 8 episodes, 2001
...  Lynn D. (Buck) Compton 8 episodes, 2001
...  Harry F. Welsh 8 episodes, 2001
...  Col. Robert F. Sink 7 episodes, 2001
...  Burton P. (Pat) Christenson 7 episodes, 2001
...  William J. Guarnere 7 episodes, 2001
...  Alex M. Penkala Jr. 7 episodes, 2001
...  Joseph Ramirez 7 episodes, 2001
...  Antonio C. Garcia 7 episodes, 2001
...  Warren H. (Skip) Muck 7 episodes, 2001
...  Joseph D. Toye 6 episodes, 2001
...  David Kenyon Webster 6 episodes, 2001
...  Roy W. Cobb 6 episodes, 2001
...  Donald B. Hoobler 6 episodes, 2001
...  Ronald C. Speirs 6 episodes, 2001
...  Walter S. (Smokey) Gordon Jr. 5 episodes, 2001
...  Lester Hashey 5 episodes, 2001
...  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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Action | Drama | History | War

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9 September 2001 (USA)  »

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$125,000,000 (estimated)
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At sixteen and seventeen years of age respectively, Matt Hickey (O'Keefe) and Philip Barantini (Skinny) were the youngest cast members on-set (except for the child extras). 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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German Soldier: [waiting alongside an Allied trooper at the border] Ahh... Thus ends the end of my second war.
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References Saving Private Ryan (1998) See more »

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Band Of Brothers (Suite One)
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Composed by Michael Kamen
Performed by The London Metropolitan Orchestra
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Magnificent, absolutely magnificent
4 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

BAND OF BROTHERS

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Sound format: Dolby Digital

(10 episodes)

The trials and tribulations of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, from the D-Day landings in Normandy to their capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest in Austria at the end of World War II.

Co-produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, HBO's epic 10-part miniseries (based on a terrific bestselling book by the late Stephen E. Ambrose) was the most expensive TV undertaking of its day, costing a massive $120 million to produce. And, as the old saying goes, every penny is up there on the screen. Borne from the success of Spielberg's SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998) - with which it shares a similar dramatic and visual style - BAND OF BROTHERS' recreation of a glorious (and hard-won) chapter in American history assumed an even greater patriotic significance during its initial US broadcast, when it coincided with the horrific events of September 2001. Written with economy and grace, and directed with emotional intensity by a series of directors (including Phil Alden Robinson, Richard Loncraine and Hanks himself) whose combined efforts achieve a genuine aesthetic uniformity, the movie is a masterpiece of storytelling and historical documentation. Punctuated by horrific battle sequences, in which the camera is placed within mere inches of the death and destruction, the film transcends its educational remit by focusing intently on the human cost of war. Almost every episode opens with testimony from surviving members of Easy Company (none of whom are identified until the end of the series), which further strengthens the emphasis which BAND OF BROTHERS - book and film - places on the bonds which drew them together in times of conflict. And, because it's a true story, there's no telling from one episode to the next which of the 'characters' will live or die, which makes it all the more potent and visceral.

The entire production represents quality writ large: Beautifully filmed on various European locations (including the UK and Austria), the movie is noble without being the least bit pompous or austere, and it manages to humanize a large cast of essential characters with small touches of humanity and humor, all of which serves to heighten the sense of terror as they descend into the maelstrom of conflict. The first - and longest - episode is deceptively staid, featuring David Schwimmer (a long way from TV's "Friends") as a cowardly, bullying commanding officer whose tyrannical methods nevertheless shaped Easy Company into a fighting force which eventually cut a swathe through the heart of occupied Europe. Brit actor Damian Lewis takes the spotlight thereafter as Easy Company's most respected platoon leader, with Ron Livingston as his right hand man. Other standout performances in a flawless cast include Matthew Settle as battle-hardened platoon leader Ronald Speirs whose wartime career was distinguished by numerous acts of bravery (fuelled by a unique - if morbid - personal philosophy), Shane Taylor as company medic Eugene Roe, Neal McDonough as 2nd lieutenant 'Buck' Compton (laid low by his horrific combat experiences), and Donnie Wahlberg as 1st sergeant C. Carwood Lipton, who maintained the morale of his fellow soldiers, even when the odds seemed stacked against them. Every episode has its merits, but stand-outs include David Leland's 'Bastogne' (ep. 6), which recounts the horrendous circumstances surrounding Easy Company's involvement in the Battle of the Bulge, and David Frankel's 'Why We Fight' (ep. 9), in which the full horror of the Nazi regime is uncovered in a German forest. Additionally, the closing moments of chapter 10 ('Points', directed by Mikael Salomon) are truly heartbreaking.

It's doubtful that a more fitting tribute to the men of Easy Company could have been devised than BAND OF BROTHERS, a truly remarkable film in every conceivable way. By turns engrossing, provocative and *deeply* moving, it stands as a testament to those who fought and died for our freedoms, almost a lifetime ago.


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