June 29th, 2011

Asta 2

Character of the Month: 2nd Lt Jack Foley



Title: Band of Brothers
Film Date: Premiered September 9, 2001
Availability: Blu-ray and DVD

Synopsis: Band of Brothers follows the story of E ("Easy") Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division from their initial training in 1942 to the end of World War II. Among their many accomplishments: Easy Company parachuted behind enemy lines in the early hours of D-Day, participated in the liberation of Carentan and Operation Market Garden, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, held the vital crossroads at Bastogne, liberated a concentration camp within Germany, and were the first to enter Hitler's retreat in Berchtesgarten. All of this frequently done under horrendous conditions. In addition to the enemy, they had to battle questionable leadership, bitter cold, insufficient shelter and limited food and ammunition.

Worth Watching? Definitely. Originally, I had only planned to watch the episodes Jamie appeared in, but soon found myself sucked by the triumphs and tragedies of the men of Easy Company - and many amazing performances. I soon was tracking down the episodes I missed and have watched the series numerous times since my initial viewing.

Speaking of the amazing performances, Band of Brothers is a Who's Who of future television and film stars. Damien Lewis, Ron Livingston, Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Cudlitz, Scott Grimes, Neal McDonough, David Schwimmer, Simon Pegg, Colin Hanks, Tom Hardy - and future mutants Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy - are just some of the names you'll recognize. Of course, much like Jamie's part, you may miss some of them if you look away from the screen for a moment. ;)

Does he live or die? Given the number of casualties during WWII, as well as in the mini series, I didn't have high hopes for 2nd Lieutenant Jack Foley's survival. But! It turns out that, not only did he survive the war, Foley passed away in 2009 at the age of 87.

Band of Brothers, at nearly twelve hours in length, would be impossible to recap. Good thing Jamie only appears in about two minutes over the course of two episodes. I don't care what Jamie's imdb credits say, I have not been able to spot him in 'Why We Fight', only 'The Breaking Point' (his more significant screen time) and 'The Last Patrol'.

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