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The Breaking Point 

Easy Company remains in the Ardennes Forest preparing for an inevitable attack on German forces in the town of Foy. However, morale is low due to cold weather, constant shelling, poor leadership, and numerous casualties.

Director:

David Frankel

Writers:

Stephen Ambrose (based on the book by) (as Stephen E. Ambrose), Graham Yost
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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
Jamie Bamber ... Jack E. Foley
George Calil George Calil ... James H. (Mo) Alley Jr.
David Crow David Crow ... Corporal
Michael Cudlitz ... Denver (Bull) Randleman
Dale Dye ... Col. Robert F. Sink
Michael Fassbender ... Burton P. (Pat) Christenson
Dexter Fletcher ... John W. Martin
Jordan Frieda Jordan Frieda ... Replacement
Rick Gomez ... George Luz
Scott Grimes ... Donald G. Malarkey
Frank John Hughes ... William J. Guarnere
Craig Heaney ... Roy W. Cobb
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Storyline

Easy Company is still in the Ardennes forest but the Germans are in retreat. The men are cold and living in foxholes knowing that they will likely be ordered to try and take the town. The Germans have been pushed back to the town of Foy but they are well positioned and have heavy artillery. Their artillery barrages take a heavy toll and several of the veterans of Easy Company are severely wounded including Bill Guarnere and Joe Toye. Those injuries have a particularly heavy impact on their good friend, Lt. Buck Compton. When the attack does come, Easy Company is led by the ineffectual Lt. Dike who makes several tactical errors leading to unnecessary casualties. Capt. Winters, who is observing the battle would like nothing better than to rush into battle to lead his old Company but cannot. In the end, he orders Lt. Speirs to take command of the attack. 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:

14 October 2001 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

First Sergeant Lipton tells a wounded soldier to "Hang tough". As a member of New Kids on the Block, Donnie Wahlberg, who played First Sergeant Lipton, sang lead vocals on the 1989 hit song "Hangin' Tough". See more »

Goofs

Hoobler shoots the German officer (on horseback) in the head an kills him. However, while falling off the horse, the German soldier's helmet comes off and he grabs his head. A few shots later, his helmet is back on. See more »

Quotes

C. Carwood Lipton: [Voiceover, during Speirs' rush across enemy lines in Foy] At first the Germans didn't shoot at him. I think they couldn't quite believe what they were seeing. But that wasn't the really astounding thing. The astounding thing was, after he hooked up with I Company, he came back.
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Soundtracks

Buck In Hospital
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Composed by Michael Kamen
Performed by The London Metropolitan Orchestra
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Outstanding episode
23 June 2019 | by tswiftmaSee all my reviews

This might be the best episode of the first seven. It shows the emotional toll on Easy Company, bravery, leadership and loss.


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