That night, I thanked God for seeing me through that day of days and prayed I would make it through D plus 1. I also promised that if some way I could get home again, I would find a nice peaceful town and spend the rest of my life in peace.
– Richard Winters, commander of Easy Company, after parachuting into Normandy on D-Day.
Band of Brothers is a 10-part miniseries that follows the members of Easy Company of the US Army 101st Airborne Division as they make their way from basic training to the front lines during World War II. Partly based upon Stephen Ambrose’s 1992 book by the same name and on additional firsthand accounts and interviews, Band of Brothers provides a view inside European Theatre fighting. Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks produced the miniseries in 2001 and it aired on the HBO network. The bonus features include an interesting documentary (“We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company) and timelines, maps and soldier profiles.
I really enjoyed this miniseries mainly because its intention was to be as historically accurate as possible. The producers, actors and writers sought out the real Band of Brothers veterans for approval and wanted them to be involved in the process. Overall, it is visually stunning, emotionally clutching and beautifully acted. I highly recommend this miniseries not only because is it a part of history but the courage and strength of these men is worth recognizing and remembering.
- It took three years to make Band of Brothers.
- Actor James McAvoy played a small role in one episode. McAvoy later found notoriety in such films as The Last King of Scotland and Atonement (in which he earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor). More recently, he played a major role in X-Men: First Class along with Michael Fassbender and ironically, Fassbender stared in seven of the ten Band of Brothers episodes.
- Comedian/Actor and Late Night host Jimmy Fallon had a small scene in one episode.
- The cast was required to take part in a difficult ten-day boot camp in order to “turn” them into their characters for historical accuracy. Throughout boot camp, they were only referred to by their character’s names and ranks.
- When it was produced, Band of Brothers was the most expensive television drama made ($104 million). When released on DVD, it became the top selling TV series, earning $109 million by 2003.