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A 10-part miniseries that tells the story of Easy Company, a WWII
U.S. Army paratrooper unit. Follow Easy Company through war-torn
Europe -- from D-Day, to the Battle of the Bulge, to the capture of
Hitler's Eagle's Nest.
Part 1: Currahee -- Training and Deployment
In Toccoa, Ga., 1942, a disparate group of young men begins
voluntary training to become members of one of America's newest
military regiments -- the paratroopers. Under the harsh leadership
of Lt. Sobel (David Schwimmer), members of the newly formed Easy
Company go from green civilians to some of the Army's most elite
soldiers. As training progresses, a rivalry flares between Sobel,
whom the men despise, and Lt. Winters (Damian Lewis), a junior
officer who's earned the respect and admiration of Easy Company.
Part 2: Days of Days -- Campaign in
On June 6, 1944, D-Day, planes with thousands of paratroopers cross
the English Channel to France, where they come under heavy fire.
None of the men land where they expected to, and many lose their
weapons and supplies in the drop. Winters links up with solitary
soldiers, and they set off to find their units. Winters (Damian
Lewis) is later chosen to lead an attack on a fortified German
artillery position; the mission is successful, but Winters, now
acting company commander, loses his first man.
Part 3: Carentan -- Campaign in Carentan
Two days after D-Day, Easy Company is sent to take the town of
Carentan, engaging in a successful battle that results in several
casualties. Some soldiers, including Pvt. Blithe (Marc Warren),
have a difficult time adjusting to combat. After 36 days in
Normandy and several fierce battles, Easy returns to England, but
their celebrations are short-lived, as news comes that they're
moving out again.
Part 4: Replacements -- Campaign in Holland
Due to heavy casualties, a group of fresh paratrooper replacements
joins Easy Company in time for a massive drop into German-occupied
Holland for Operation Market-Garden. While met with no resistance
in Eindhoven, Easy and a cluster of British tanks are repelled from
a nearby town by a superior German force, sustaining many
casualties as they retreat. The Allied plan to enter Germany
through Holland and end the war before Christmas fails.
Part 5: Bastogne -- Campaign in Bastogne
In the dead of winter, in the forest outside of Bastogne, Belgium,
the men of Easy Company struggle to hold the line alone while
fending off frostbite and hunger, having arrived with no winter
clothes and little supplies and ammunition. Medic Eugene Roe (Shane
Taylor) is overwhelmed, on edge and close to combat exhaustion when
he finds friendship with a Belgian nurse. Easy Company spends a
miserable Christmas in the trenches, and receives the news that the
German army's demand for surrender was met with Gen. McAuliffe's
defiant answer: "Nuts!"
Part 6: The Breaking Point -- Campaign in
Having thwarted the Germans at Bastogne, the exhausted Easy Company
must now take the nearby town of Foy from the enemy. Several are
killed and wounded in fierce shelling, compounded by the
incompetence of their commander, Lt. Dike (Peter O'Meara), about
whom Winters (Damian Lewis) can do nothing. Easy takes Foy, but at
an enormous cost.
Part 7: The Patrol -- Campaign in Hagenau
Easy Company arrives in the Alsacian town of Haguenau near the
German border, and is ordered to send a patrol across the river to
take enemy prisoners. Lt. Jones (Colin Hanks), fresh from West
Point and eager for combat experience, volunteers to lead. While
successful, the mission costs another paratrooper's life, prompting
Winters (Damian Lewis) to ignore the order to send a second patrol
the next night.
Part 8: Why We Fight -- Campaign in
Easy Company finally enters Germany, to surprisingly little
resistance, and has a chance to relax for the first time in a long
time. A patrol in a nearby forest discovers an abandoned Nazi
concentration camp, still filled with emaciated prisoners. The
local citizenry, unbelievably disavowing knowledge of its
existence, is made to clean it up, as the news arrives that Hitler
Part 9: Points -- Taking of Hitler's Nest
Once home to the top officers of the Third Reich, Easy Company
enters the Bavarian town of Berchtesgaden, and captures "Eagle's
Nest," Hitler's mountaintop fortress. Facing imminent deployment to
the Pacific Theater, the men compare their "points" to see who has
earned enough to go home. However, the Japanese surrender ends the
war. A closing vignette tells what happened to the men of Easy
Company after they returned home.
Part 10: We Stand Alone Together -- The Men of Easy
We Stand Alone Together tells the remarkable story of the
men of Easy Company in their own words. Featuring recent interviews
with the real-life company members whose deeds are dramatized in
the miniseries, combined with rare and archival photographs and
DVD features: All 10 episodes on 6 discs Documentary: We
Stand Alone Together (80 mins.) The Making of Band of
Brothers (30 mins.) Ron Livingston's "Video Diaries": the
making of the film through the eyes of an actor (55 mins.)
CABLE TELEVISION RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 9, 2001 (HB0) This 10-part HBO television mini-series focuses on a group of soldiers in World War II, tracking their experiences from the beginning of boot camp to the end of the war. The series gives detailed attention to the way that the soldiers grow together as a group, as well as the way that each of them develops individually. Based on the book by historian Stephen E. Ambrose, BAND OF BROTHERS's executive producers are Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who worked together on SAVING PRIVATE RYAN.
DVD Features: Region 1 5-Disc Set Keep Case Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85 Additional Release Material: Featurette - 1. WE STAND ALONE TOGETHER (80 Mins) 2. MAKING OF BAND OF BROTHERS Interviews Text/Galleries: Stills/Photos Interactive Features: Scene Access