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Currahee 

Easy Company goes through training under the leadership of a captain who relentlessly pushes them to their limits but may be limited as a leader in the field.

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Stephen Ambrose (based on the book by) (as Stephen E. Ambrose), Erik Jendresen (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Aaron ... Robert E. (Popeye) Wynn
Kirk Acevedo ... Joseph D. Toye
Doug Allen ... Alton M. More
Eion Bailey ... David Kenyon Webster
Dominic Cooper ... Allington
Michael Cudlitz ... Denver (Bull) Randleman
Marcos D'Cruze Marcos D'Cruze ... Joseph P. Domingus
Dale Dye ... Col. Robert F. Sink
Michael Fassbender ... Burton P. (Pat) Christenson
Dexter Fletcher ... John W. Martin
Rick Gomez ... George Luz
Philip Barantini ... Wayne A. (Skinny) Sisk (as Philip Barrantini)
Stephen Graham ... Myron Mike Ranney
George Calil George Calil ... James H. (Mo) Alley Jr.
Ben Caplan ... Walter S. (Smokey) Gordon Jr.
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In 1942, men from across the USA are in Camp Toccoa, Georgia to undergo paratrooper training. For the men of 'E' Easy Company the training is particularly difficult as a result of their demanding commander, Captain Herbert Sobel. He drives them incessantly to excel, canceling their weekend passes on a whim. His favorite chore is to have the men undertake a run up a hill known as Currahee. While the men are fit and ready for battle, thanks to Sobel, he has unfortunately shown himself to be a weak tactical commander. Once in England, and knowing they will soon be invading the Continent, the sergeants stage a rebellion. Sobel's excesses come to an end when Lt. Dick Winters requests a court martial rather than accept punishment for one of Sobel's lame charges. Written by garykmcd

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Action | Drama | History | War

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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English

Release Date:

9 September 2001 (USA) See more »

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Dolby

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Ron Livingston is a Yale graduate just like his character, Captain Nixon. See more »

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When the C-47's are taking off for France some high-altitude aircraft contrails can be seen. It is unlikely that these were from high-altitude heavy bombers on their way to Normandy, since there were too few of them, and they were not in formation. See more »

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Old Man on Bicycle: You've done it now, yanks. You've captured me.
Herbert M. Sobel: Hi-Ho, Silver!
Old Man on Bicycle: Would that be the enemy?
Richard D. Winters: As a matter of fact, yes.
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Features Mr. Lucky (1943) See more »

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The Mission Begins
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Composed by Michael Kamen
Performed by The London Metropolitan Orchestra
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"Currahee" is a strong series premiere with excellent performances and production values
21 April 2018 | by TheDearHunter1878See all my reviews

When it completed its brief run on HBO during the fall of 2001, Band of Brothers was viewed by many as a hallmark for television in terms of production values. Its success arguably paved the way for the network's future successes, with expensive productions like Rome and Game of Thrones proving worthy of investment. Band of Brothers showcased that, given the right amount of money and talent, anything could happen on television. The possibilities were suddenly endless. This mindset put into a motion a stunning improvement regarding attention to detail from networks, especially those on basic cable, who decided that showing audiences serious drama over programs written with half the effort merely because the television medium had not effectively championed film, was in fact necessary to launch the industry into a new age of quality storytelling that it so desperately needed.

Modern television evolved from five shows: Twin Peaks in 1990, which began the water cooler effect (for those unfamiliar with the term, it refers to employees at a workplace gathering around the office water cooler to discuss the shocking developments of the previous night's episode, accompanied with story predictions and personal opinions); The Sopranos in 1999, which gave audiences and, more importantly, networks, a sense of what television could be if taken seriously; Band of Brothers in 2001, which visualized the budget and ambition needed to progress the medium into a deeper sense of reality rather than possibilities; Lost in 2004, which solidified the format of a serialized drama quite like no other series before it, perhaps maybe other than Twin Peaks; and, finally, Mad Men in 2007. Mad Men used Lost's serialized nature on a more personal level. That led to AMC greenlighting Breaking Bad. As everyone knows, Vince Gilligan's engrossing series about an overqualified high school chemistry teacher entering the drug trade kicked off the "current" wave of television program: the "New Golden Age."

It's impossible to discuss Band of Brothers' premiere episode without first discussing the crucial facts surrounding the medium's recent history. Without this show, television would be a very different place. Therefore, after nearly two decades, Band of Brothers has remained highly regarded among film and television enthusiasts. It had a whopping budget of $125 million for a single season, with each episode costing approximately $12.5 million, and because it had two great minds behind it, there was little that could go wrong; even if the series did flop, which was unlikely, it would be a lesson learned for television, much like the grave warning of executive interference brought forth in the second season of the aforementioned Twin Peaks.

So, is "Currahee" a remarkable episode? This is probably the most basic chapter of the series, which is saying a lot, given how close one feels to the characters shown here for a mere hour. David Schwimmer plays Captain Hebert Sobel to perfection. He is a tough individual, for sure, but is slightly challenged when placed outside of his controlled environment. Nevertheless, as evidenced in the opening minutes of "Currahee," the company benefited tremendously from his hardline policies and strict personality: without Sobel, the company would be unprepared to jump for D-Day. As the episode progresses, it becomes evident that this is what Sobel had been preparing the company for, but the growing resistance to his methods also proved that he wasn't a capable leader in every regard, as he had little admiration, and hardly any sincere respect.

David Schwimmer isn't alone in his acting chops. We also receive fine performances from Damian Lewis, who plays the main character of the series, Richard "Dick" Winters, and from Ron Livingston, who plays his best friend and frequent confidant, Captain Lewis Nixon. The cinematography of "Currahee" is something to behold as well, especially when it comes to what television has offered as the status quo in the past. The musical score is brilliant as well. With those things in mind, the closing shots of this episode will send goosebumps tingling down the spine, so be prepared.

So, while "Currahee" isn't some grand spectacle, it is certainly a great way to kick things off. It has several excellent moments of character development. The interactions between Winters and Sobel are especially noteworthy. Keep an eye out for Winters dissing Sobel by not looking at him during a Currahee run. Sobel scoffs at first as Winters ignores his superior (Sobel is under the impression that the two have some sort of friendship built out of respect), but then nods in understanding, plays it cool, and rejoins the group. The tensions between the two sees a zenith of sorts as Sobel tries to turn Winters' own men against him. You'll get no spoilers here; you'll have to see what resolution unfolds, if any, because of Sobel's personality and leadership quarrels. Dialogue is a strong suit for this show too. "Currahee" sports a fine amount of solid writing. With these things in mind, hopefully those who are turned off by the slow and deliberate pace of this episode won't dismiss the series altogether.


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