Band of Brothers
Adapted from Stephen Anbrose’s bestseller, the series follows the men of Easy Company, 101st Airborne Division, from their training in Georgia during the spring of 1942, to the D-Day invasion, the horrendous Battle of the Bulge, the liberation of the concentration camps, and the final victory in 1945. In great detail ( 10 episodes) the series develops the feelings, emotions, and heroics of these ordinary soldiers who lived and died while defeating the tenacious German army. The title of the film is from Shakespeare’s “Henry V,” when the monarch exhorted his exhausted men to rise and fight before the big battle:
“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 94%
- Metacritic Score: 87
Primetime Emmy Awards: Outstanding Miniseries, Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries
Golden Globe Award: Best Motion Picture Made for Television
American Film Institute Award for the most outstanding TV movie or Miniseries
Producers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Production of Long-Form Television
Peabody Award: “For relying on both history and memory to create a new tribute to those who fought to preserve liberty.”
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BAND OF BROTHERS is an amazing accomplishment. It refrains from emotional manipulation. All 10 parts portray human nature as it is—mixed motives and conflicting impulses. It earns every emotion it inspires in us. If it is heartening, it’s because it defies cynicism and reveals the realities of courage, compassion, and brotherhood as real men in a horrendous war.
An extraordinary 10-part series that masters its greatest challenge: it balances the ideal of heroism with the violence and terror of battle, reflecting what is both civilized and savage about war.
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