This post is in dedication and commemoration of the men who fought and died for freedom on D-Day exactly 71 years ago today. The assault on Omaha Beach began at this very minute on 6 June 1944.
“The only hope you have is to accept the fact that you’re already dead. The sooner you accept that, the sooner you’ll be able to function as a soldier is supposed to function: without mercy, without compassion, without remorse. All war depends upon it.” – Ronald Spiers
Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (2001 on TV, DVD and 1-3 Jun 2015)
Brief Synopsis – Chronicles the path during WWII of one US Army unit from training to D-Day thru Belgium and the Netherlands until the eventual end of the War in Germany.
My Take on it – This is one of the best War movies ever created and possibly one of the best movies/mini-series ever.
After making Saving Private Ryan (1998), Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg decided to film a miniseries based on the Award winning book Band of Brothers by famed historian Stephen Ambrose telling the tale of the men of “Easy Company”
At the time, this was the most expensive miniseries ever made costing over 100 million dollars to create this masterpiece.
It is a very brutal depiction of the true horrors of war, but is balanced by the camaraderie and emotional bonds between the men of the unit during WWII.
Looking at the cast list now, many of the actors are quite familiar, but back then, most of them were completely unknown.
You might be surprised to know that Damien Lewis, Ron Livingston, Donnie Wahlberg, Scott Grimes, Michael Cudlitz, Rick Gomez, Neal McDonough, Michael Fassbender, Eion Bailey, Kirk Acevedo, Matthew Settle, James McAvoy, Frank John Hughes, Jamie Bamber, Colin Hanks, Tom Hardy, Jason O’Mara, Simon Pegg, Dominic Cooper, and David Schwimmer (who was only known for comedic roles up until that time) all appear in this film.
Even though this movie is over 10 hours long, it doesn’t come close to being comprehensive enough to cover everything that really happened to these men during the year plus they were brothers in arms under fire in Europe, but what it shows is so amazing to watch.
Each of the ten parts focuses on a different member of the unit and gives us a unique perspective on the events portrayed.
In addition, the beginning of every part, gives us excerpts from interviews with the real men portrayed here giving us an even stronger connection to these men and their heroic and incredible story
Despite it being so long, this is a movie (miniseries) that I know I can watch over and again and still enjoy it (and learn more about these heroes) each and every time.
If you haven’t had a chance to see this, I urge you to try and get a copy.
Bottom Line – One of the best movies / miniseries ever made because of it’s brutal depiction of the horror and friendships caused by war. Amazing cast of almost unknowns who have become more familiar to us all over time. The ability to bring together such a commanding portrayal of what happened to this unit over 10 hours is unbelievable despite it still not being comprehensive enough. Loved how each part highlighted different members of the squad in order to give us different perspectives and individual storylines throughout all ten parts. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Despite having a higher overall rating than The Shawshank Redemption on IMDB, it is not listed as #1 due to the fact that TV mini-series’ are not eligible for the IMDB top 250 (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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