Friday, September 9, 2011

TV Series: Band of Brothers - HBO Mini-Series

One of the greatest war TV shows ever made debuted on HBO on September 9, 2001, only a few days before the tragic events of September 11.

When I finally watched the complete series a few years ago, I was overwhelmed with the bravery and stories of these great soldiers. It is truly an epic masterpiece!

Many of the actors in the film have gone on to have successful careers in both film and TV. It is a great series that everyone should see.

A great article I came across about them was posted recently:

'Band of Brothers' actors are a successful, tight unit - Ten years ago, 'Band of Brothers' aired starring largely unknown performers. Since then, their careers have blossomed and they gather annually for a reunion. Read More:,0,1628152.story


Band of Brothers is a 2001 ten-part, 11-hour television World War II miniseries based on the book of the same title written by historian and biographer Stephen E. Ambrose. The executive producers were Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who had collaborated on the World War II film Saving Private Ryan (1998). The episodes first aired in 2001 on HBO and are still run frequently on various TV networks around the world.

The narrative centers on the experiences of E Company ("Easy Company") of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment assigned to the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army. The series covers Easy's basic training at Camp Toccoa, Georgia, the American airborne landings in Normandy, Operation Market Garden, the Siege of Bastogne and on to the end of the war, including the taking of the Kehlsteinhaus (Hitler's Eagle's Nest).

The events portrayed are based on Ambrose's research and recorded interviews with Easy Company veterans. A large amount of literary license was taken with the episodes, with several differences between recorded history and the film version. All of the characters portrayed are based on actual members of Easy Company; some of them can be seen in prerecorded interviews as a prelude to each episode (their identities, however, are not revealed until the close of the finale).

The title for the book and the series comes from a famous St. Crispin's Day Speech delivered by the character of Henry V of England before the Battle of Agincourt in William Shakespeare's Henry V; Act IV, Scene 3. A passage from the speech is quoted on the first page of the book, and is also quoted by Carwood Lipton in the final episode.


VIDEO: Band of Brothers - Official Trailer

VIDEO: Band of Brothers - The Inspiring Opening Theme Song To The Series By  Michael Kamen -

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