Band of Brothers (2001) UK
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Director:David Frankel, Tom Hanks
Studio:Hbo Home Video
Writer:Stephen Ambrose, Erik Jendresen
Date Added:2006-03-20
Awards:Won Golden Globe. Another 22 wins & 20 nominations
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.66:1
Languages:English, Dolby Digital 5.1, English, DTS, English, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
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David Frankel, Tom Hanks  ...  (Director)
Stephen Ambrose, Erik Jendresen  ...  (Writer)
Damien Lewis  ...  
Ron Livingstone  ...  
Damian Lewis  ...  Maj. Richard D. Winters
Donnie Wahlberg  ...  2nd Lt. C. Carwood Lipton
Ron Livingston  ...  Capt. Lewis Nixon
Matthew Settle  ...  Capt. Ronald Speirs
Rick Warden  ...  1st Lt. Harry Welsh
Frank John Hughes  ...  SSgt. William 'Wild Bill' Guarnere
Scott Grimes  ...  TSgt. Donald Malarkey
Neal McDonough  ...  1st Lt. Lynn 'Buck' Compton
Rick Gomez  ...  Sgt. George Luz
Eion Bailey  ...  Pvt. David Kenyon Webster
James Madio  ...  Sgt. Frank Perconte
Kirk Acevedo  ...  SSgt. Joseph Toye
Michael Cudlitz  ...  Sgt. Denver 'Bull' Randleman
Richard Speight Jr.  ...  Sgt. Warren 'Skip' Muck
Dexter Fletcher  ...  SSgt. John Martin
Shane Taylor  ...  Cpl. Eugene Roe (10 episodes, 2001)
Peter Youngblood Hills  ...  SSgt. Darrel 'Shifty' Powers (10 episodes, 2001)
Nicholas Aaron  ...  Pvt. Robert 'Popeye' Wynn (9 episodes, 2001)
Philip Barantini  ...  Sgt. Wayne 'Skinny' Sisk (9 episodes, 2001)
Doug Allen  ...  Sgt. Alton More (8 episodes, 2001)
George Calil  ...  Pvt. James 'Moe' Alley (8 episodes, 2001)
Nolan Hemmings  ...  Sgt. Charles 'Chuck' Grant (8 episodes, 2001)
Ross McCall  ...  Cpl. Joseph Liebgott (8 episodes, 2001)
Robin Laing  ...  Pvt. Edward 'Babe' Heffron (8 episodes, 2001)
Dale Dye  ...  Col. Robert Sink (7 episodes, 2001)
Michael Fassbender  ...  Sgt. Burton 'Pat' Christenson (7 episodes, 2001)
Matthew Leitch  ...  SSgt. Floyd 'Tab' Talbert (7 episodes, 2001)
Rene L. Moreno  ...  Pvt. Joseph Ramirez (7 episodes, 2001)
Tim Matthews  ...  Cpl. Alex Penkala (7 episodes, 2001)
Douglas Spain  ...  Pvt. Antonio Garcia (7 episodes, 2001)
Craig Heaney  ...  Pvt. Roy Cobb (6 episodes, 2001)
Peter McCabe  ...  Cpl. Donald Hoobler (6 episodes, 2001)
Ben Caplan  ...  Cpl. Walter 'Smokey' Gordon (5 episodes, 2001)
Phil McKee  ...  Lt. Col. Robert L. Strayer (5 episodes, 2001)
Mark Huberman  ...  Pvt. Lester 'Leo' Hashey (5 episodes, 2001)
Rod Strohl  ...  Himself (10 episodes, 2001)
Damon Driver  ...  German Soldier / ... (8 episodes, 2001)
Comments: This is the story of Great War through soldiers eyes. Recall of each veteran is shocking illustration.

Summary: An impressively rigorous, unsentimental, and harrowing look at combat during World War II, Band of Brothers follows a company of airborne infantry--Easy Company--from boot camp through the end of the war. The brutality of training takes the audience by increments to the even greater brutality of the war; Easy Company took part in some of the most difficult battles, including the D-Day invasion of Normandy, the failed invasion of Holland, and the Battle of the Bulge, as well as the liberation of a concentration camp and the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest. But what makes these episodes work is not their historical sweep but their emphasis on riveting details (such as the rattle of a plane as the paratroopers wait to leap, or a flower in the buttonhole of a German soldier) and procedures (from military tactics to the workings of bureaucratic hierarchies). The scope of this miniseries (10 episodes, plus an actual documentary filled with interviews with surviving veterans) allows not only a thoroughness impossible in a two-hour movie, but also captures the wide range of responses to the stress and trauma of war--fear, cynicism, cruelty, compassion, and all-encompassing confusion. The result is a realism that makes both simplistic judgments and jingoistic enthusiasm impossible; the things these soldiers had to do are both terrible and understandable, and the psychological price they paid is made clear. The writing, directing, and acting are superb throughout. The cast is largely unknown, emphasizing the team of actors as a whole unit, much like the regiment; Damian Lewis and Ron Livingston play the central roles of two officers with grit and intelligence. Band of Brothers turns a vast historical event into a series of potent personal experiences; it's a deeply engrossing and affecting accomplishment. --Bret Fetzer