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Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers is a ten part BBC/HBO television miniseries, co-produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, detailing the role of Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, U.S. 101st Airborne Division, in World War II. It is based on a book of the same name by Stephen Ambrose.
The series was nominated for 19 Emmy Awards, and won six, including prizes for "Outstanding Miniseries", "Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special", and "Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special". It also won a Golden Globe for "Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television", an American Film Institute award, and was selected for a Peabody Award for "...relying on both history and memory to create a new tribute to those who fought to preserve liberty".
As an outline synopsis, the episodes in the series are as follows:
- "Currahee" - Easy Company of the 101st Airborne undergoes training, and introduces the major characters, particularly Lt. Dick Winters and the martinet commanding officer, Capt. Herbert Sobel.
- "Day of Days" - This episode depicts D-Day and Easy Company's participation in the Battle of Normandy.
- "Carentan" - Shows Easy Company in street-to-street fighting with German troops in the French town of Carentan.
- "Replacements" - Easy Company are air-dropped into Holland as a supporting part of Operation Market Garden.
- "Crossroads" - Still in Holland, this episode portrays one of Easy Company's most distinguished battles as well as Lt. Winter's last days in command of Easy.
- "Bastogne" - This episode depicts the fighting around Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.
- "The Breaking Point" - Illustrates the stress felt by the men during the fighting in and around the town of Foy, Belgium.
- "The Last Patrol" - Easy Company pushes on to the town of Haguenau.
- "Why We Fight" - Easy Company crosses into Germany and encounters a concentration camp. This episode won an Emmy.
- "Points" - Easy Company captures Hitler's Eagle's Nest and contemplates a possible redeployment in the Pacific Theater.
"We Stand Alone Together" is companion documentary to Band of Brothers, featuring interviews with the real members of Easy Company who describe their wartime experiences in detail.
- And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
- From this day to the ending of the world,
- But we in it shall be remember'd;
- We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
- For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
- Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
- This day shall gentle his condition:
- And gentlemen in England now a-bed
- Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
- And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
- That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
- Damian Lewis as Maj. Richard D. Winters
- Donnie Wahlberg as 2nd Lt. C. Carwood Lipton
- Ron Livingston as Capt. Lewis Nixon
- Matthew Settle as Capt. Ronald Speirs
- Rick Warden as 1st Lt. Harry Welsh
- Ross McCall as Cpl. Joseph Liebgott
- Frank John Hughes as SSgt. William 'Wild Bill' Guarnere
- Scott Grimes as TSgt. Donald Malarkey
- Neal McDonough as 1st Lt. Lynn 'Buck' Compton
- Rick Gomez as Sgt. George Luz
- David Schwimmer as Capt. Herbert Sobel
- Eion Bailey as Pvt. David Kenyon Webster
- James Madio as Sgt. Frank Perconte
- Kirk Acevedo as SSgt. Joseph Toye
- Michael Cudlitz as Sgt. Denver 'Bull' Randleman
- Richard Speight Jr. as Sgt. Warren 'Skip' Muck
- Dexter Fletcher as SSgt. John Martin
- HBO Band of Brothers - official site
- New Band of Brothers Series: The Pacific War
- Band of Brothers F.A.Q.
- Television Without Pity >> Band of Brothers
- WildBillGuarnere.com: Official site of William 'Wild Bill' Guarnere
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