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Series cast summary:
Keith David ...  Himself - Narrator 7 episodes, 2007
Katharine Phillips Katharine Phillips ...  Herself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama 7 episodes, 2007
Tom Hanks ...  Al McIntosh / ... 7 episodes, 2007
Paul Fussell Paul Fussell ...  Himself - Infantry 6 episodes, 2007
Quentin Aanenson Quentin Aanenson ...  Himself - Resident of Luverne, Minnesota 6 episodes, 2007
Burt Wilson Burt Wilson ...  Himself - Resident of Sacramento, California / ... 6 episodes, 2007
Sascha Weinzheimer Sascha Weinzheimer ...  Herself - Resident of Sacramento Valley, California 6 episodes, 2007
Sam Hynes Sam Hynes ...  Himself - Marine Pilot 5 episodes, 2007
Daniel Inouye Daniel Inouye ...  Himself - Infantry / ... 5 episodes, 2007
Rebecca Holtz Rebecca Holtz ...  Reader 5 episodes, 2007
Glenn D. Frazier Glenn D. Frazier ...  Himself - Prisoner of War / ... 4 episodes, 2007
Emma Belle Pelcher Emma Belle Pelcher ...  Herself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama 4 episodes, 2007
Olga Ciarlo Olga Ciarlo ...  Herself - Resident of Waterbury, Connecticut / ... 4 episodes, 2007
Maurice Bell Maurice Bell ...  Himself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama 4 episodes, 2007
Dwain Luce Dwain Luce ...  Himself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama 4 episodes, 2007
John Gray John Gray ...  Himself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama 4 episodes, 2007
Sidney Phillips Sidney Phillips ...  Himself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama 4 episodes, 2007
Susumu Satow Susumu Satow ...  Himself - Resident of Sacramento, California 4 episodes, 2007
Jim Sherman Jim Sherman ...  Himself - Resident of Luverne, Minnesota 4 episodes, 2007
Robert Kashiwagi Robert Kashiwagi ...  Himself - Resident of Sacramento, California / ... 4 episodes, 2007
Kevin Conway ...  Reader 4 episodes, 2007
Burnett Miller Burnett Miller ...  Himself - Resident of Sacramento, California 3 episodes, 2007
Ray Leopold Ray Leopold ...  Himself - Resident of Waterbury, Connecticut 3 episodes, 2007
Earl Burke Earl Burke ...  Himself - Resident of Sacramento, California 3 episodes, 2007
Asako Tokuno Asako Tokuno ...  Herself - Resident of Sacramento, California 3 episodes, 2007
Tom Galloway Tom Galloway ...  Himself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama / ... 3 episodes, 2007
Jackie Greer Jackie Greer ...  Herself - Resident of Louisiana 3 episodes, 2007
Josh Lucas ...  Reader 3 episodes, 2007
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A seven-part series focusing on the many ways in which the Second World War impacted the lives of American families.

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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The War See more »

Filming Locations:

Luverne, Minnesota, USA See more »

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Florentine Films,WETA See more »
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(7 parts)

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Color
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Connections

Featured in Ken Burns: America's Storyteller (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Variations for the Healing of Arinushka
Written by Arvo Pärt
Performed by Kalle Randalu, piano
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Some Just Don't Get It
30 September 2007 | by gentleman-billSee all my reviews

The music criticisms are from folks who apparently didn't live through the era. Swing songs were what everybody was listening to, dancing to and romancing to during WW II. In my opinion, the music was perfect. Even our GI's listened to it wherever they were. Even I, as a young boy remember nearly every song because I lived during those difficult times. The music picked up our spirits, took our minds off the horrible stories of combat and death occurring all around us. The sad and slow symphonic and odd flute sounds should remind one of the eerie and uncommon circumstances we all had to face during those times. And that death in combat is not a usual experience for most of us. Actually, I think the combat sequences and death scenes should be required viewing for all the kids being raised and educated today. They need to see the horrible sacrifices this nation made to be certain they, we and many other nations remained free from maniacal tyrants and killers like the Jap emperor Hirohito, Tojo, Hitler and all their ilk, and still some who stalk this country as you read this. If everyone watched and listened without criticizing to the message of those who fought this war, the families who remained at home and worried, cried, prayed and mourned their dead, they might just get in tune with why this country is so great. We get to watch films like this because our fighting men and women knew the value of freedom and many, too many, sacrificed, were wounded physically and mentally, and too often paid the ultimate price so we can watch these films and don't have to speak Japanese, German or any other conqueror's language. So, shut up about the music already! Listen to the message! Please.


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