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Band of Brothers

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Band of Brothers tv seriesThis is the story of "E" Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division from their initial training starting in 1942 to the end of World War II. They parachuted behind enemy lines in the early hours of D-Day in support of the landings at Utah beach, participated in the liberation of Carentan and again parachuted into adventure during Operation Market Garden. They also liberated a concentration camp and were the first to enter Hitler's mountain retreat in Berchtesgarten. A fascinating tale of comradeship that is, in the end, a tale of ordinary men who did extraordinary things.

The Band of Brothers miniseries details, if at times exaggerated or condensed, the real-life exploits of Easy Company during the Second World War over the course of ten episodes, starting with their basic training at the Currahee training site and ending with the capitulation of Germany. The experiences of Major Richard Winters are a primary focus, as he attempts to keep his men together and safe. While the series stars a large ensemble cast, episodes generally feature one character prominently, following their particular adventures during certain events (for example, the Siege of Bastogne & Operation Market Garden).

As the series is based on real-life events, characters befall the same fate as their real world counterparts. Numerous characters either die or sustain injuries, some of which lead to them being sent home or escaping from the hospital to rejoin their comrades at the battlefront. The experiences and the moral, mental, and physical hurdles the soldiers must overcome are central to the story.

Band of Brothers - tv series

(9 September 2001 – 4 November 2001) - Damian Lewis, Donnie Wahlberg, Ron Livingston, Scott Grimes

Genre: Action and Adventure


CAST

Damian Lewis ... Maj. Richard D. Winters
Donnie Wahlberg ... 2nd Lt. C. Carwood Lipton
Ron Livingston ... Capt. Lewis Nixon
Scott Grimes ... TSgt. Donald Malarkey
Peter Youngblood Hills ... SSgt. Darrel 'Shifty' Powers
Rick Gomez ... Sgt. George Luz
Michael Cudlitz ... Sgt. Denver 'Bull' Randleman
Robin Laing ... Pvt. Edward 'Babe' Heffron
Nicholas Aaron ... Pvt. Robert 'Popeye' Wynn
James Madio ... Sgt. Frank Perconte
Hiroyuki Tajiri ... Sgt. Frank Perconte
Shane Taylor ... Cpl. Eugene Roe
Dexter Fletcher ... SSgt. John Martin
Ross McCall ... Cpl. Joseph Liebgott
Philip Barantini ... Sgt. Wayne 'Skinny' Sisk
Neal McDonough ... 1st Lt. Lynn 'Buck' Compton
Frank John Hughes ... SSgt. William 'Wild Bill' Guarnere
Dale Dye ... Col. Robert Sink
Doug Allen ... Sgt. Alton More
George Calil ... Pvt. James 'Moe' Alley
Michael Fassbender ... Sgt. Burton 'Pat' Christenson
Nolan Hemmings ... Sgt. Charles 'Chuck' Grant
Rene L. Moreno ... Pvt. Joseph Ramirez
Douglas Spain ... Pvt. Antonio Garcia
Richard Speight Jr. ... Sgt. Warren 'Skip' Muck
Rick Warden ... 1st Lt. Harry Welsh
Kirk Acevedo ... SSgt. Joseph Toye
Eion Bailey ... Pvt. David Kenyon Webster
Matthew Leitch ... SSgt. Floyd 'Tab' Talbert
Tim Matthews ... Cpl. Alex Penkala
Matthew Settle ... Capt. Ronald Speirs
Mark Huberman ... Pvt. Lester 'Leo' Hashey
Peter McCabe ... Cpl. Donald Hoobler
Ben Caplan ... Cpl. Walter 'Smokey' Gordon
Craig Heaney ... Pvt. Roy Cobb
Phil McKee ... Lt. Col. Robert L. Strayer
David Nicolle ... 2nd Lt. Thomas Peacock
Simon Schatzberger ... Pvt. Joseph Lesniewski
Jamie Bamber ... 2nd Lt. Jack Foley
Ezra Godden ... Pvt. Robert van Klinken
Adam James ... Pvt. Cleveland O. Petty
Mark Lawrence ... Cpl. William Dukeman
Rocky Marshall ... Cpl. Earl 'One Lung' McLung
Peter O'Meara ... 1st Lt. Norman Dike
Bart Ruspoli ... Pvt. Edward Tipper
David Schwimmer ... Capt. Herbert Sobel
Marc Warren ... Pvt. Albert Blithe
John Adams ... Pvt. Andrews
Doug Cockle ... Father John Maloney
Marcos D'Cruze ... Joseph P. Domingus
Freddie Joe Farnsworth ... Medic
Stephen Graham ... Sgt. Myron 'Mike' Ranney
Tom Hardy ... Pfc. John Janovec
Matt Hickey ... Pvt. Patrick O'Keefe
Andrew Howard ... Capt. Clarence Hester
Nigel Hoyle ... Pvt. Leo Boyle
Corey Johnson ... Major Louis Kent
Kieran O'Brien ... Pvt. Allen Vest
Jason O'Mara ... 1st Lt. Thomas Meehan
Simon Pegg ... 1st Sgt. William Evans
Iain Robertson ... Pvt. George Smith
Alex Sabga ... Cpl. Francis 'Frank' Mellet
Jonathan Edwards Young ... Lt. John W. Kelley
Dave Power ... Pvt. Dietrich
Michael Edmiston ... Training jumpmaster
Ian Virgo ... Soldier
Tom Hanks ... British officer
James Alley Jr. ... Himself
Brendan Carr ... German Soldier
Lynn 'Buck' Compton ... Himself
Dominic Cooper ... Allington
James Embree ... Easy Company sergeant
Chris Finch ... German Soldier
Brandon Firla ... Lt. Brewer
Chris Geere ... German Soldier
Joanna Gonet ... Choir Girl #12
William Guarnere ... Himself
Jack Gustav ... German soldier
Lester Hashey ... Himself
Philip Hayden ... Corporal
Edward 'Babe' Heffron ... Himself
Moose Heyliger ... Himself
Paul Hornsby ... German soldier
Bruce Lawrence ... Medic
Joe Lesniewski ... Himself
C. Carwood Lipton ... Himself
Ben Loyd-Holmes ... Pvt Macintosh
Donald Malarkey ... Himself
Logan Marshall-Green ... Captured German
John Martin ... Himself
Bill Maynard ... Himself
Earl McClung ... Himself
Dean Mitchell ... American Soldier
Kieran O'Donnell ... German soldier
Mark Oosterveen ... Camp prisoner
John Perkins ... German Soldier
Darrel 'Shifty' Powers ... Himself
Norman Campbell Rees ... German prisoner
Paul Rogers ... Himself
Paul Sacks ... Easy Company jeep driver
Mike Savva ... Easy Company Officer
J.B. Stokes ... Himself
Buck Taylor ... Himself
Ed Tipper ... Himself
Shigeru Ushiyama ... Capt. Herbert M. Sobel
Tim Wildgoose ... Prisoner
Robert 'Popeye' Wynn ... Himself
Koji Yakusho ... Maj. Richard D. Winters
Koichi Yamadera ... Capt. Lewis Nixon

Created by:
Steven Spielberg
Tom Hanks
Gary Goetzman

Writing credits:
Erik Jendresen
Bruce C. McKenna
John Orloff
Graham Yost
Stephen Ambrose
Erik Bork

Opening theme: "Band of Brothers"
Written by: Michael Kamen

Original music by:
Michael Kamen

Cinematography by:
Remi Adefarasin
Joel Ransom

Language: English
Country: United States

Directed by:
David Frankel
Mikael Salomon

Produced by:
Stephen Ambrose
Erik Bork
Terri Depaolo
Billy Fox
Gary Goetzman
Tom Hanks
Erik Jendresen
Gene Kelly
Mary Richards
Ivan E. Schwarz
Steven Spielberg
Tony To

Number of seasons: 1

Original channel:
Home Box Office

DreamWorks SKG
DreamWorks Television
Home Box Office (HBO)
Playtone
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Awards:
AFI Awards, USA, AFI Movie or Mini-Series of the Year, 2002
American Cinema Editors, USA, Eddie - Best Edited Episode from a Television Mini-Series, 2002
BMI Film & TV Awards, BMI Cable Award, 2002
Banff Television Festival, NHK President's Prize, 2002
Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming, Golden FIPA, 2002
British Society of Cinematographers, GBCT Operators Award, 2001
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, Critics Choice Award Best Picture Made for Television, 2002
Casting Society of America, USA, Best Casting for TV Miniseries', 2002
Emmy Awards, Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special, 2002
Emmy Awards, Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special, 2002
Emmy Awards, Outstanding Miniseries, 2002
Emmy Awards, Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special, 2002
Emmy Awards, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special, 2002
Emmy Awards, Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special, 2002
Emmy Awards, Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or a Movie, 2002
Emmy Awards, Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special, 2002
Golden Globes, USA, Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, 2002
Humanitas Prize, 2002
PGA Awards, 2002
Peabody Awards, 2002
Royal Television Society, UK, Best Visual Effects - Digital, 2002
Satellite Awards, Golden Satellite Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television, 2002
Television Critics Association Awards, TCA Award, Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Mini-Series and Specials, 2002
Writers Guild of America, USA, Adapted Long Form, 2003

Also Known As:
Freres d'armes
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
Elit alakulat, Az
Hermanos de sangre
Kammerater i krig
Krigens brorskap
Relvavennad
Stin proti grammi
Taistelutoverit

Trivia

Almost all the main actors were cast because of their close physical resemblance to the real-life soldiers they were portraying.

Tom Hanks, ‘Steven Spielberg’ , and Stephen Ambrose showed each of the scripts around to real-life soldiers of Easy Company to guarantee authenticity.

In "Crossroads", the British para commander is referred to as a Brigadier General and is wearing a general officer's cap badge. There has been no such rank in the British Army since the 1920s. The equivalent, Brigadier, is not a general officer and wears a different cap badge.

At the end of "Crossroads" when Winters is talking to Nixon, the bayonet in Winters' belt disappears and reappears between shots.

More than 2,000 extras worked on the miniseries during the course of production

The Hatfield Aerodrome in Hertfordshire, previously host to part of the Saving Private Ryan (1998) shoot, became the principal location, and sets of the English, Dutch and French sites, including a river and massive dykes, were created there.

The actors endured a grueling ten day boot camp where they learned the basics, from how to wear a uniform and stand at attention, to sophisticated field tactics and parachute jump training. The average day was 16 hours long, beginning at 5:00 a.m., rain or shine, with strenuous calisthenics and a three-to-five-mile run, followed by hours of tactical training, including weapons handling and jump preparation.

The wardrobe department hired the Corcoran Boot Co. to manufacture 500 pairs of paratrooper jump boots to the original Army specifications.

All of the 1,200 civilian costumes were authentic vintage clothing.

One-third of a million pounds of recycled paper were used to create the snow for the forest set -- the largest ever used in a production -- and it took four weeks to dress the entire set. The total budget for the miniseries was $120,000,000. Of that, construction costs were $17,000,000.

The dummies were modeled after auto crash test dummies, so they had the proper weight and dimensions, and their joints behaved like human joints. When the dummy took a hit, the electromagnet was released and the dummy crumpled as a human would.

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair personally met Steven Spielberg to request that the series be filmed in the UK. In return Spielberg gave Blair's son, 'Euan Blair (I)', a job as a runner in the production.

 

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