Band of Brothers (miniseries)

Band of Brothers
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GenreWar drama
Based onBand of Brothers
by Stephen E. Ambrose
Written by
Directed by
Starring
Theme music composerMichael Kamen
Country of origin
Original language(s)
  • English
No. of episodes10 (List of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)
Cinematography
Editor(s)
  • Billy Fox
  • Oral Norrie Ottey
  • Frances Parker
  • John Richards
Running time705 minutes
Production company(s)Playtone
DreamWorks Television
HBO
DistributorHBO Home Entertainment (home video)
Budget$125 million
Release
Original networkHBO
Original releaseSeptember 9 (2001-09-09) – November 4, 2001 (2001-11-04)
Chronology
Followed byThe Pacific
External links
Website

Band of Brothers is a 2001 American war drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 non-fiction book Band of Brothers.[3] The executive producers were Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who had collaborated on the 1998 World War II film Saving Private Ryan.[4] The episodes first aired in 2001 on HBO. The series won Emmy and Golden Globe awards in 2001 for best miniseries.

The series dramatizes the history of "Easy" Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, of the 101st Airborne Division, from jump training in the United States through its participation in major actions in Europe, up until Japan's capitulation and the war's end. The events are based on Ambrose's research and recorded interviews with Easy Company veterans. The series took literary license, adapting history for dramatic effect and series structure.[5][6] The characters portrayed are based on members of Easy Company. Some of the men were recorded in contemporary interviews, which viewers see as preludes to each episode, with the men's real identities revealed in the finale.

The title for the book and series comes from the St Crispin's Day Speech in William Shakespeare's play Henry V, delivered by King Henry before the Battle of Agincourt. Ambrose quotes a passage from the speech on his book's first page; this passage is spoken by Carwood Lipton in the series finale.

Plot

Band of Brothers is a dramatized account of "Easy Company" (part of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment), assigned to the United States Army's 101st Airborne Division during World War II. Over ten episodes the series details the company's exploits during the war. Starting with jump training at Camp Toccoa, Georgia, Band of Brothers follows the unit through the American airborne landings in Normandy, Operation Market Garden, the Siege of Bastogne, and on to the war's end. It includes the taking of the Kehlsteinhaus (Eagle's Nest) at Obersalzberg in Berchtesgaden and refers to the surrender of Japan. Major Richard Winters (1918–2011) is the central character, shown working to accomplish the company's missions and keep his men together and safe. While the series features a large ensemble cast, each episode generally focuses on a single character, following his action.[4]

As the series is based on historic events, the fates of the characters reflect those of the persons on which they are based. Many either die or sustain serious wounds which lead to their being sent home. Other soldiers recover after treatment in field hospitals and rejoin their units on the front line. Their experiences, and the moral, mental, and physical hurdles they must overcome, are central to the narrative.

Other Languages
asturianu: Band of Brothers
Ελληνικά: Band of Brothers
français: Frères d'armes
Bahasa Indonesia: Band of Brothers
עברית: אחים לנשק
português: Band of Brothers
српски / srpski: Браћа по оружју
українська: Брати по зброї
Tiếng Việt: Band of Brothers
中文: 兄弟连