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Band of Brothers 2001 World War 2 mini-series

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After the success of Saving Private Ryan it seemed that it was the ultimate production that set the standards that can’t be made beaten. And that was true, many directors later tried to make their war movies similar to Saving Private Ryan, f.e. Assembly, Enemy at the Gates or Fury, but none of them reached the same level of realism, the atmosphere and storytelling. At least until Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg did not come up with one better - Band of Brothers TV mini-series.


While Saving Private Ryan was fiction, very, very loosely inspired by true event that took place during World War 2, but the whole thing was made in so realistic and amazing way that the film made a huge impact on all further war movies. The story with Band of Brothers is actually opposite - the story told in the series seems completely unbelievable, but it is kept closely to true events that took place in 1944 and 1945.

American paratroopers from Easy Company 101st Airborne Division were training since 1942 to be prepared for the invasion in Europe, although it was still unclear when and where the invasion would take place. Their purpose was known to them - they will be the first wave of the invasion and they will have to fight surrounded by the enemy forces until the main part of the landing forces will reach their targets. But training is one thing and the reality is another - during landings in Normandy they were dispersed throughout the area, later had to be the spearhead of the Allied forces when the towns were taken over, dropped in Holland as part of failed Operation Market-Garden, got stuck in Bastogne during the German offensive in Ardennes, pushed towards and beyond the Rhein River and ended up taking over the Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s residence high in the Bavarian mountains.

As unbelievable as it sounds it is a true story of American soldiers, who got through the toughest battles of World War 2 in 1944 and 1945. Amazing mini-series that one of the shining examples that life writes the best stories that screenwriters would never think of.


Notes

  • At the time, with a budget of one hundred four million dollars, which eventually rose to one hundred twenty million dollars. This was the most expensive television drama ever made.



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