Band of Brothers (2001)

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The story of Easy Company of the US Army 101st Airborne division and their mission in WWII Europe from Operation Overlord through V-J Day.

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 TSgt. Donald Malarkey / ... (10 episodes, 2001)
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 SSgt. Floyd 'Tab' Talbert / ... (10 episodes, 2001)
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 Lt. Richard D. Winters / ... (10 episodes, 2001)
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 Capt. Lewis Nixon / ... (10 episodes, 2001)
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 Cpl. Eugene Roe / ... (10 episodes, 2001)
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 C. Carwood Lipton / ... (10 episodes, 2001)
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 SSgt. Darrel 'Shifty' Powers / ... (10 episodes, 2001)
Rod Strohl ...
 Himself (10 episodes, 2001)
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 Pvt. Robert 'Popeye' Wynn / ... (9 episodes, 2001)
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 Sgt. Wayne 'Skinny' Sisk / ... (9 episodes, 2001)
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 Sgt. Denver 'Bull' Randleman / ... (9 episodes, 2001)
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 Sgt. George Luz / ... (9 episodes, 2001)
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 Sgt. Frank Perconte / ... (9 episodes, 2001)
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 Cpl. Joseph Liebgott / ... (9 episodes, 2001)
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 Sgt. Alton More (8 episodes, 2001)
George Calil ...
 Pvt. James 'Moe' Alley / ... (8 episodes, 2001)
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 SSgt. John Martin / ... (8 episodes, 2001)
Nolan Hemmings ...
 Sgt. Charles 'Chuck' Grant / ... (8 episodes, 2001)
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 1st Lt. Lynn 'Buck' Compton / ... (8 episodes, 2001)
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 1st Lt. Harry Welsh / ... (8 episodes, 2001)
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 Pvt. Edward 'Babe' Heffron / ... (8 episodes, 2001)
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 German Soldier / ... (8 episodes, 2001)
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 Col. Robert Sink / ... (7 episodes, 2001)
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 Sgt. Burton 'Pat' Christenson (7 episodes, 2001)
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 Pvt. Joseph Ramirez / ... (7 episodes, 2001)
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 SSgt. William 'Wild Bill' Guarnere / ... (7 episodes, 2001)
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 Cpl. Alex Penkala / ... (7 episodes, 2001)
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 Pvt. Antonio Garcia (7 episodes, 2001)
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 Sgt. Warren 'Skip' Muck / ... (7 episodes, 2001)
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 Pvt. David Kenyon Webster (6 episodes, 2001)
Craig Heaney ...
 Pvt. Roy Cobb / ... (6 episodes, 2001)
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 SSgt. Joseph Toye / ... (6 episodes, 2001)
Peter McCabe ...
 Cpl. Donald Hoobler / ... (6 episodes, 2001)
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 Capt. Ronald Speirs (6 episodes, 2001)
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 Cpl. Walter 'Smokey' Gordon / ... (5 episodes, 2001)
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 Lt. Col. Robert L. Strayer / ... (5 episodes, 2001)
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 Pvt. Lester 'Leo' Hashey (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 Berchtesgarten. 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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The hard shock that many of the paratroopers spoke of when they jumped at Normandy - causing them to lose their leg bags, helmets, and other equipment - was caused by the parachute the troopers were using (not the type shown in the film). That parachute was called a T-1, and as it deployed out of its pack the canopy came out first, then the suspension lines and finally the risers connected to the harness. With this design, by the time all of the lines are fully deployed the canopy has completely filled with air, acting as a brake for the lines, causing the paratrooper to come to an abrupt stop at the end of the deployment. The heavier the paratrooper and the more equipment he was carrying, the more sudden the stop or shock. Current design parachutes deploy in the completely opposite way (lines first, then canopy), greatly reducing the opening shock. On D-Day, not only were the leg bags a new "innovation" that the paratroopers hadn't practiced with, but frequently the aircraft were flying much faster than expected (to avoid flak) and the shock of opening was, therefore, increased. See more »

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In, "Points", when Easy Company first enters Berchtesgarden, the first shot showing the white flags, on the left, in a first-floor window, you can see someone with a handycam/miniDV shooting the actual film crew and cast. See more »

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Sgt. Alton More: I'm guessing they were Hitler's photo albums, sir. Sure had a lot of pictures of him in it.
Ronald Spiers: So, you looked at 'em, but you didn't take 'em?
Sgt. Alton More: That's right, sir.
Ronald Spiers: I don't believe you! I'll be watching you. You're dismissed.
[as Moore leaves, smirking]
Ronald Spiers: You'd better not be lying to me.
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Realistic WWII Drama With Warts Included
6 November 2001 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See 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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