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Band of Brothers (2001) d4/6

Director(s): David Frankel / Tony To

Theatrical Release: 2001

Cast: Damian Lewis, Donnie Wahlberg, Ron Livingston, Neal McDonough, Matthew Settle, Colin Hanks

Genre(s): Drama, docudrama, biography, Action, war, Dean's List

Countries: USA

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The Breaking Point - The seventh installment of HBO's fact-based WWII miniseries Band of Brothers depicts Easy Company pushing back the Germans after General Patton opened up Bastogne. The company suffers heavy casualties in their efforts to take the German-occupied town of Foy, Belgium. This episode, the most graphically violent of the series so far, is narrated by Carwood Lipton (Donnie Wahlberg), the company's tough and resourceful first sergeant. Lipton is distressed, not only by the carnage he's seen, but by the incompetence of Easy's new CO, Lieutenant Dike (Peter O'Meara), who always seems to disappear at the crucial moment. Heavy shelling in the woods outside Foy takes its toll, and Lieutenant Compton (Neal McDonough) reaches "the breaking point" when he sees two of his men, exceptional soldiers, lying together in a heap, seriously wounded. Just after the company gets hit, taking heavy casualties, Dike disappears again. But Lipton, determined to keep morale up, continues to defend Dike to his men. After overhearing company mimic George Luz (Rick Gomez) joking with some other men, Lipton tells him "First, great impression of Dike," then adds, "second, don't do it anymore." But on the eve of their assault on Foy, Lipton is so concerned about Dike's incompetence that he speaks privately to Captain Winters (Damian Lewis). Winters has his own reservations about Dike, but with the company short of qualified officers, he can't find a way to replace him. During the hazardous assault, Winters watches helplessly from the woods above the town as Dike freezes up and the casualties mount. (

The Last Patrol - The eighth episode of HBO's Band of Brothers is seen from the point of view of David Webster (Eion Bailey, who played Jann Wenner in Almost Famous). Webster returns to Easy Company after a relatively minor injury kept him inactive for four months. Although Webster fought at Normandy, and with Easy during Operation Market Garden, he missed the ordeal the others faced at Bastogne, and on his return, he quickly realizes that it's not the same company. Many were killed or wounded at Bastogne, and those that remain resent him for not being there. Liebgott (Ross McCall) is particularly hostile, and complains that while others who were injured found a way to get back to the front, Webster took his time recovering. The company is also joined by Lieutenant Jones (Colin Hanks, executive producer Tom Hanks' son), fresh out of West Point. The war appears to be drawing to a close. The company is still on the front line, in the French town of Haguenau, and the Germans are stationed across a small river. Both sides are encamped in relative comfort, and neither side seems eager to engage the other. On the orders of the regiment's commander, Winters (Damian Lewis) picks 15 men for a dangerous night patrol across the river to capture German prisoners for interrogation. The exhausted Malarkey (Scott Grimes) is picked to lead the patrol. Webster assesses the situation and convinces the gung-ho Jones to volunteer to take Malarkey's place, and also offers to replace Liebgott as the mission translator. Winters picks Martin (Dexter Fletcher) to replace Malarkey, and allows Jones to go along as an observer. The raid is considered successful, despite the loss of a man, and Winters is ordered to send his men out on another patrol the following night. (