Band of Brothers (2001)

 

 

 

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Starring:     Scott Grimes (TSgt. Donald Malarkey), Damian Lewis (Maj. Richard D. Winters), Ron Livingston (Capt. Lewis Nixon), Shane Taylor (Cpl. Eugene Roe), Donnie Wahlberg (C. Carwood Lipton), Peter Youngblood Hills (SSgt. Darrel 'Shifty' Powers), Nicholas Aaron (Pvt. Robert 'Popeye' Wynn), Philip Barantini (Sgt. Wayne 'Skinny' Sisk), Michael Cudlitz (Sgt. Denver 'Bull' Randleman), Rick Gomez (Sgt. George Luz), James Madio (Sgt. Frank Perconte), Doug Allen (Sgt. Alton More), George Calil (Pvt. James 'Moe' Alley), Dexter Fletcher ( SSgt. John Martin), Nolan Hemmings (Sgt. Charles 'Chuck' Grant), Ross McCall (Cpl. Joseph Liebgott), Neal McDonough (1st Lt. Lynn 'Buck' Compton), Rick Warden (1st Lt. Harry Welsh), Robin Laing (Pvt. Edward 'Babe' Heffron), Dale Dye (Col. Robert Sink), Michael Fassbender (Sgt. Burton 'Pat' Christenson), Matthew Leitch (SSgt. Floyd 'Tab' Talbert), Rene L. Moreno (Pvt. Joseph Ramirez), Frank John Hughes (SSgt. William 'Wild Bill' Guarnere), Tim Matthews (Cpl. Alex Penkala), Douglas Spain (Pvt. Antonio Garcia), Richard Speight Jr. (Sgt. Warren 'Skip' Muck), Eion Bailey (Pvt. David Kenyon Webster), Craig Heaney (Pvt. Roy Cobb), Kirk Acevedo (SSgt. Joseph Toye), Peter McCabe (Cpl. Donald Hoobler), Matthew Settle (Capt. Ronald Speirs), Ben Caplan (Cpl. Walter 'Smokey' Gordon), Phil McKee (Lt. Col. Robert L. Strayer), Mark Huberman (Pvt. Lester 'Leo' Hashey).

10-part miniseries for HBO cable.

Based on the bestseller by Stephen E. Ambrose.

Follows the accomplishments of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army. On the DVD version, the film is supported with interviews with the real-life survivors of Easy Company, along with soldiers' journals and letters.

 

 

Their adventures begin with parachuting into France on D-Day morning.  The unit also fought at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.

This is one of the best war movies ever.  I loved every minute of it.  And one gets a lot of insights into the nature of war and the experiences of the common soldiers.  In addition, they have a lot of documentary information (as well as interviews) about the real people on which the film is based, which makes the film experience even better.  I love the main character, the lieutenant, Dick Winter, who had a natural sense of leadership and of battle and who seemed to always make the right decision at the right time.  And you come to love the other soldiers in the movie as well.  David Schwimmer is great as the ridiculous head of the unit when it was still in training in England waiting for D-Day.   

War is a double-edge sword.  It is terrible and many men develop post-traumatic stress disorder, but it is an experience whose intensity is so strong that it can build incredibly strong bonds between men that no one except those who have been in battle (in life and death situations) can fully appreciate  The movie catches both aspects of war.  

 

Patrick Louis Cooney, Ph. D.   

 

 

 

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