The Pacific: Miniseries (2010)


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The Pacific

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An honest, albeit horrifying, exploration of World War II, The Pacific is a visually stunning miniseries not for the faint of heart.

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Air date: Mar 14, 2010

The 10-part miniseries about U.S. Marines fighting the Japanese in the Pacific in World War II begins in the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and follows the 1st Marine Division landing on Guadalcanal in August 1942. Robert Leckie: James Badge Dale. John Basilone: Jon Seda. Eugene Sledge: Joe Mazzello. Directed by Tim Van Patten. Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman are the executive producers.

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Air date: Mar 21, 2010

The fighting continues for the 1st Marine Division on Guadalcanal through the end of 1942, including machine gunner John Basilone's heroics during a desperate defense of the airfield by Lt. Col. "Chesty" Puller's outnumbered 7th Marine Regiment.

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Air date: Mar 28, 2010

To rehabilitate after the Guadalcanal campaign, the 1st Marine Division arrive in Melbourne in January 1943, where Leckie develops a close relationship with a Greek-Australian woman and her family. Meanwhile, Basilone receives the Medal of Honor, but he is reluctant to embark on his next assignment of selling war bonds back in the U.S. Cowritten by George Pelecanos and Michelle Ashford.

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Air date: Apr 4, 2010

The 1st Marine Division fight the Japanese---and the jungle conditions---at Cape Gloucester on the island of New Britain in December 1943. In May 1944, the Marines recuperate on Pavuvu, but a prostrate Leckie is sent to a naval hospital on Banika for psychiatric observation. Meanwhile, Eugene Sledge trains as a mortarman at Camp Elliott in California.

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Air date: Apr 11, 2010

Eugene Sledge has a brief reunion with Sid Phillips on Pavuvu in June 1944 and gets his first taste of combat the following September, when the 1st Marines meet heavy resistance landing on Peleliu. Meanwhile, John Basilone experiences the ups and downs of selling war bonds on a cross-country tour of the U.S., and has a chance encounter with his brother George, a fellow marine, in California.

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Air date: Apr 25, 2010

The battle for control of Peleliu continues in October 1944 as Sledge's unit is rocked by devastating casualties, disheartened by an enemy unwilling to surrender and brought to the breaking point by the brutality of war. Meanwhile, Basilone's war-bond campaign begins to weigh on his conscience.

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Air date: May 2, 2010

Basilone's request to leave the war-bonds campaign is finally granted, and he's assigned to California's Camp Pendleton in December 1943 to train new recruits. At the base, he falls for a fellow sergeant, Lena Riggi, though both of them know he's likely to return to combat, which he does in February 1945 for the invasion of Iwo Jima.

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Air date: May 9, 2010

Weeks of fighting on Okinawa throughout May 1945 take its toll on Sledge, Shelton and the rest of the 1st Marines, who face heavy resistance from last-ditch efforts by the Japanese and cope with the additional stress of civilians caught in the crossfire.

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Air date: May 16, 2010

After the Japanese surrender on August 15, 1945, Leckie leaves a Long Island hospital for home in New Jersey, where he begins an awkward courtship with his neighbor Vera and haggles for his old job at the newspaper. Meanwhile, Sledge goes back to Alabama on a train with Snafu and Burgin, and reunites with Phillips, but has trouble readjusting to civilian life; and Lena Basilone has an emotional introduction to her slain husband's family in New Jersey.

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Critic Reviews for The Pacific Miniseries

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (25)

It's one of the most powerful viewing experiences in the history of the medium.

May 25, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

Bursting with epic sprawl and extravagance. But like any effective film of its kind, it also contains a brand of intimacy that will have you bonding with its characters and caring deeply about their fates.

May 25, 2018 | Full Review…

It's certainly big (at 10 parts and a cost approaching $200 million, it's HBO's most expensive gamble ever) and well crafted.

Feb 7, 2018 | Full Review…
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There's no denying the massive achievement that is "The Pacific,'' the new miniseries from Hollywood's history professors, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.

Nov 22, 2017 | Full Review…

The experience of watching it is more visceral and relentless, but as rewarding in its own way.

Nov 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Without question, "The Pacific" is one of the stellar TV events of the year - of many years.

Nov 22, 2017 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…
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It's a handsome production, lush and lavish, and yet determinedly authentic in its attention to detail.

May 22, 2019 | Full Review…

While not without its flaws, The Pacific appears poised to take its place in that noble line of cautionary tales of soldiers called upon to hurl themselves into a breach that no sane human would desire to fill.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Total immersion in hell - that's the effect of this pulverizing miniseries.

May 25, 2018 | Full Review…

This is powerful, overwhelming, defiantly cinematic television.

May 25, 2018 | Full Review…

[Tom] Hanks doesn't appear in it, and [Steven] Spielberg didn't direct any of it, but make no mistake: Their attention to detail and demand for quality and authenticity runs through every frame.

May 25, 2018 | Full Review…

In addition to the great story telling, The Pacific is blessed with fantastic performances from a whole slew of talented actors.

May 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Pacific: Miniseries

  • Mar 03, 2019
    In my opinion The Pacific is by the far best production ever depicting the pacific theater during WW2. Everything about the miniseries is superb. Itâ??s in all encompassing in that fact it doesnâ??t just show you what went on during the battles. It protrays the reaction of allied forgein countries to the American troops on leave (Austrailia). The mental issues created by devastating warfare and the long periods of boredom juxtaposed with instant terror. I personally think The Pacific is just as good as Band of Brothers (itâ??s companion piece in some ways and surpasses it in others.
  • Nov 30, 2018
    This mini-series was amazing! I love it an it is a little getter than
  • Oct 23, 2018
    Stunning. Shows the true horrors of war and what it can do to people!!! A must see for all!!!!
  • Aug 04, 2018
    GReat presPectice on the STRUGGLE, Sacrafise, and suFferage MeN like pfc Eugene Sledge veteran of Okinawa and peleliu. Pfc Robert Leckie veteran of Guadalcanal, New Britan, and peleliu. And my favorite Character merriell “Snafu” shelton a Cajun born to fight and to be a bad ass. A run off Band of Brothers and iF You like Band Of Brothers yOu will fAll in Love wiTh the pacific
  • Mar 30, 2018
    This is a great series! Great acting great story line and very powerful depiction of the war. Like band of brothers one of best mini series ever made.
  • Feb 12, 2018
    This is pretty good series that follows the stories of many marines of all ages and ranks. This was captivating because it shows the ills of war and what they can do to a solder. You get to watch the nightmare of WWII unravel over the pacific where it was the United States in foreign land. I would watch this again because this is also an awesome time piece.
  • Jan 30, 2018
    An often brilliant and often gruesome look at WWII For fans of Band of brothers this is a must. Very engrossing and very realistic.
  • Sep 25, 2017
    Bleak side of a war I was really excited to watch the series knowing this was a Companion piece to Band of Brothers (BOB) covering the Pacific Theater of Operations during WW-2, the series covers 1st Marine Division's battles on islands such as Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, and Okinawa. As a standalone series Pacific is excellent, but BOB being there a comparison had to be made and when done I felt Pacific a notch lower in almost every department. It's a different series than BOB in covering more on depressing side of the war than the heroic side. The series visualizes the war from the viewpoint of three individuals of 1st Marine from very different backgrounds, getting into their private life. Its show how normal citizens become a hero, some are heroes by action during battles, some by just surviving the war and not turning into a monster. A lot of time is spent away from fighting, an episode covers a year spent in Australia, one recovering from battle trauma, another on finding love & getting married. The series focuses more on individual emotions & bonds, frankly, the time spent away from the front is not entertaining as mostly it covers the gloomy side of war, the damaged soldiers & their condition. The sad part is the time spent on war also gets repetitive after a time with most of the islands being similar in nature, the jungles with its malaria, rains, heat & the unrelenting Japs. The action shown in the series is gorier then heroic, the series probably set out to portray wars as a grim thing and not grand stuff and is successful at it.
  • Sep 18, 2017
    "The Pacific" is not "Band of Brothers", not anything like it. However, "The Pacific" has its own unique way of storytelling which constantly draws your attention to the brutality of the Pacific campaign.
  • Jul 25, 2017
    Though it's not as compelling as Band of Brothers. The pacific is another masterpiece that must be seen.

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