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Carentan 

Easy Company takes on German troops in the French town of Carentan, and the battle takes its toll on one soldier who is badly traumatized by the experience.

Director:

Mikael Salomon

Writers:

Stephen Ambrose (based on the book by) (as Stephen E. Ambrose), E. Max Frye
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Aaron ... Robert E. (Popeye) Wynn
Doug Allen ... Alton M. More
Philip Barantini ... Wayne A. (Skinny) Sisk
Ben Caplan ... Walter S. (Smokey) Gordon Jr.
Doug Cockle ... Father John Maloney
Michael Cudlitz ... Denver (Bull) Randleman
Freddie Joe Farnsworth ... Trooper on a Horse
Dexter Fletcher ... John W. Martin
Ezra Godden ... Robert van Klinken
Rick Gomez ... George Luz
Scott Grimes ... Donald G. Malarkey
Nigel Hoyle Nigel Hoyle ... Leo D. Boyle
Mark Huberman ... Lester Hashey
Frank John Hughes ... William J. Guarnere
Adam James ... Cleveland O. Petty
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Storyline

Easy Company's next objective is to take the town of Carenten where they engage in street to street fighting with a doggedly determined enemy. The fighting is hard and there are many casualties. Having pushed the Germans out, Easy Company now has to hold the position and soon face a counter-attack from German forces, including artillery and tanks. For Pvt. Albert Blythe, the pressure and stress pushes him to the breaking point. He even suffers from hysterical blindness but soon recovers with a few words of encouragement from Winters. After 36 days in battle, Easy Company is finally relieved and get to return to their base in England. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Action | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 2001 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

At one point in the attack on Carentan, Private Blithe finds himself at the medic station suffering from "hysterical blindness", a genuine psychiatric condition where one can go temporarily blind through trauma or stress. See more »

Goofs

A 2nd Armored Division soldier is seen firing his Thompson submachine gun while taking cover behind a Sherman tank; there is no firing sound from his Thompson. This occurs after Warren Muck says 'Check it out, Shermans!' See more »

Quotes

Nixon: Harry... what exactly are you doing with your reserve chute? You've been hauling that thing around ever since we jumped.
Harry Welsh: Gonna send it back to Kitty when we get back to England. Silk. Figure it'll make a good wedding dress, you know. What with the rationing and all.
Nixon: [Chuckling] Jeez, Harry, I never would have guessed.
Harry Welsh: What? That I'm so sentimental?
Nixon: No, that you think we're gonna make it back to England.
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Soundtracks

Fire On Lake
(uncredited)
Composed by Michael Kamen
Performed by The London Metropolitan Orchestra
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"Carentan" focuses on a single character, but his story is deeply moving
21 April 2018 | by TheDearHunter1878See all my reviews

More often than not, war films glorify soldiers who do brave things in the face of certain death, and rightfully so. But rarely do we see even an hour devoted to those who have suffered at the hands of mental anguish and absolute fear in the face of combat. Occasionally, something will slip through the status quo, like Spielberg's own Saving Private Ryan for instance, but far too often audiences never really get deep down into the dirt with a soldier traumatized by his surroundings.

In "Carentan," the third Band of Brothers episode, we meet Private Albert Blithe, who struggles with shellshock during a particularly intense battle. The scene is shot in a very effective way. The camera tends to shake alongside gunfire and explosions; we want Blithe to pick up his gun and be a hero, but at the same time, we want to send him home so that he will be out of harm's way. Blithe's progression in "Carentan" is a fine example of proper character-oriented storytelling. In "Carentan," however, the Battle of Carentan is so expertly depicted, that it's nearly impossible not to sympathize - or at least understand - the trauma that Blithe is going through.

While the ending of this episode is factually inaccurate, the point it tries to portray should not be overlooked. Apart from Blithe's storyline, we also receive some minor progressions of major characters scattered throughout the episode's running time, including the rumors surrounding Lieutenant Speirs; this sidelining story has been dragged out to a somewhat questionable level yet still manages to be highly engaging.

"Carentan" is a slow but steady episode that benefits tremendously from Marc Warren's performance as Blithe. There are certainly better single-character episodes to be found within Band of Brothers, but this is one fine installment that shouldn't be overlooked.


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