HBO MINISERIES PRESENTS THE PACIFIC, AN EPIC TEN-PART EVENT,
A PLAYTONE AND DREAMWORKS PRODUCTION, EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY TOM HANKS,
STEVEN SPIELBERG AND GARY GOETZMAN, AND STARRING JAMES BADGE DALE, JOE
MAZZELLO AND JON SEDA
THE STORY OF U.S. MARINES IN THE PACIFIC THEATER OF
WORLD WAR II DEBUTS MARCH 14 ON HBO
Directed By Carl Franklin, David Nutter, Jeremy Podeswa,
Tony To, Tim Van Patten And Graham Yost;
Written By Laurence Andries, Michelle Ashford, Bruce C. McKenna,
George Pelecanos, Robert Schenkkan And Graham Yost.
"It is not a history, and it is not my story alone. I have
attempted, rather, to be the spokesman for my comrades, who were swept
with me into the abyss of war." Eugene B. Sledge, With the Old Breed
The epic ten-part miniseries event THE PACIFIC debuts with
Part One on SUNDAY, MARCH 14 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), followed by other
parts debuting on consecutive Sundays at the same time through May 16.
The HBO Miniseries presentation of a Playtone and DreamWorks
production is executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and
Gary Goetzman, the producing team behind the Emmy(R) Award-winning and
Golden Globe-winning 2001 HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers." Hanks and
Goetzman also executive produced the HBO miniseries "John Adams," which
won a record-breaking 13 Emmys(R) in 2008.
THE PACIFIC tracks the intertwined real-life journeys of
three U.S. Marines Robert Leckie (James Badge Dale), Eugene Sledge (Joe
Mazzello) and John Basilone (Jon Seda) across the vast canvas of the
Pacific Theater during World War II. The miniseries follows these men
and their fellow Marines from their first battle with the Japanese on
Guadalcanal, through the rain forests of Cape Gloucester and the
strongholds of Peleliu, across the bloody sands of Iwo Jima and through
the horror of Okinawa, and finally to their triumphant but uneasy
return home after V-J Day.
The miniseries is based in part on the books "Helmet for My
Pillow," by Robert Leckie, and "With the Old Breed," by Eugene B.
Sledge, with additional material from "Red Blood, Black Sand," by Chuck
Tatum, and "China Marine," by Eugene B. Sledge, as well as original
interviews conducted by the filmmakers.
THE PACIFIC is an HBO Miniseries presentation of a Playtone
and DreamWorks Production; executive producers, Tom Hanks, Steven
Spielberg, Gary Goetzman; co-executive producers, Tony To, Eugene
Kelly, Graham Yost, Bruce C. McKenna; producers, Cherylanne Martin,
Todd London, Steven Shareshian; co-producers, Robert Schenkkan, George
Pelecanos, Michelle Ashford; supervising producer, Tim Van Patten;
directors of photography, Remi Adefarasin, B.S.C. and Stephen Windon,
A.C.S.; production designer, Anthony Pratt; music by Hans Zimmer, Geoff
Zanelli and Blake Neely; music supervisors, Evyen J Klean, Deva
Anderson; casting, Meg Liberman, CSA, Cami Patton, C.S.A, Christine
King; editors, Alan Cody, A.C.E., Edward A. Warschilka, Marta Evry,
A.C.E.; visual effects supervisor, John E. Sullivan; special effects
supervisor, Joss Williams; costume designer, Penny Rose; historical
consultant, Hugh Ambrose; senior military advisor, Capt. Dale A. Dye,
USMC (Ret.). HBO Miniseries president Kary Antholis is the executive in
charge of the production.
Parts One, Seven and Nine are directed by Tim Van Patten
(HBO's "The Sopranos"); Part Two is directed by David Nutter (HBO's
"Entourage"); Parts Three and Ten are directed by Jeremy Podeswa (HBO's
"Six Feet Under"); Part Four is directed by Graham Yost (HBO's "Band of
Brothers"); Part Five is directed by Carl Franklin("Devil in a Blue
Dress"); Part Six is directed by Tony To (HBO's "Band of Brothers");
and Part Eight is directed by David Nutter/Jeremy Podeswa.
Parts One, Two, Seven and Nine are written by Bruce C.
McKenna (HBO's "Band of Brothers"); Part Three is written by George
Pelecanos (HBO's "The Wire") and Michelle Ashford (HBO's "John Adams");
Part Four is written by Robert Schenkkan ("The Quiet American") and
Graham Yost; Part Five is written by Laurence Andries (HBO's "Six Feet
Under") and Bruce C. McKenna; Part Six is written by Bruce C. McKenna
and Laurence Andries and Robert Schenkkan; Part Eight is written by
Robert Schenkkan and Michelle Ashford; and Part Ten is written by Bruce
C. McKenna and Robert Schenkkan.
In addition to James Badge Dale ("Rubicon"), Joe Mazzello
("The Sensation of Sight") and Jon Seda ("Close to Home"), actors
featured in THE PACIFIC include (in alphabetical order): Jon Bernthal
("Eastwick"), Joshua Bitton ("National Treasure"), Dwight Braswell,
Betty Buckley (HBO's "Oz"), Tom Budge ("Last Train to Freo"), Josh
Close ("The Unusuals"), Nate Corddry ("United States of Tara"), Matt
Craven ("Public Enemies"), Linda Cropper ("McLeod's Daughters"),
Caroline Dhavernas ("Breach"), Noel Fisher ("The Riches"), Brendan
Fletcher ("88 Minutes"), Leon Willem Ford (HBO's "Tsunami: The
Aftermath"), Scott Gibson ("Breach"), Josh Helman ("McLeod's
Daughters"), Ashton Holmes ("Smart People"), Brandon Keener ("He's Just
Not That Into You"), Isabel Lucas ("Transformers: Revenge of the
Fallen"), Rami Malek ("Night at the Museum"), Martin McCann ("Closing
the Ring"), Ian Meadows ("Home and Away"), Toby Leonard Moore
("Dollhouse"), Henry Nixon ("The Black Balloon"), Keith Nobbs ("The
Black Donnellys"), Conor O'Farrell ("C.S.I."), Annie Parisse ("Law
& Order"), Jacob Pitts ("21"), William Sadler ("The Shawshank
Redemption"), Gary Sweet ("Police Rescue"), Anna Torv ("Fringe"),
Claire van der Boom ("Rush") and Dylan Young ("Canal Road").
Principal photography for THE PACIFIC was completed on
location in Australia's Far North Queensland and Victoria over a
ten-month period beginning in August 2007.
ABOUT THE STORY
On Dec. 8, 1941, just over 24 hours
after the Japanese surprise attack on the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl
Harbor, Congress issued a formal declaration of war against the Empire
of Japan. For a decade, tensions had been mounting between Japan and
the U.S., as the Japanese expanded their conquest of a large region
including much of China and Southeast Asia. As a result of the bombing
of Pearl Harbor, the United States officially entered World War II,
already in its third year of being waged by countries of the Allied
powers, including the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, China, Canada
and Australia, against the Axis powers of Japan, Germany and Italy.
Practically overnight, military recruiting offices across the
country were jammed, as thousands of Americans rushed to enlist in the
armed forces. Many of those young men chose to join the Marine Corps,
which saw its ranks more than triple in the six months following Pearl
While HBO's miniseries "Band of Brothers" followed the
experiences of one company of Army paratroopers in the European Theater
of Operations, THE PACIFIC depicts the war a world away in the Pacific
Theater of Operations, which encompassed most of the Pacific Ocean and
its islands, including the Philippines, the Netherlands East Indies,
New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. This miniseries follows the
intersecting odysseys of three men of the 1st Marine Division, an
infantry division nicknamed "The Old Breed" for its position as the
oldest and largest active duty division of the U.S. Marine Corps. With
the support of their fellow Marines and comrades in the Navy, Air Force
and Army, the 1st Marine Division was at the forefront of many of
hardest-fought campaigns of the Pacific War.
Private First Class (PFC) Robert Leckie (played by James
Badge Dale) grew up in Rutherford, NJ, one of eight children. He began
a professional sportswriting career for the Bergen Evening Record
newspaper at age 16. Leckie, who would be christened "Lucky" by his
comrades in arms, was one of those who enlisted in the Marine Corps
just after Pearl Harbor. He served with H Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st
Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division as a machine gunner.
Sgt. John Basilone (played by Jon Seda) was raised in
Raritan, NJ, one of ten children of Italian immigrant parents. In 1934,
at age 18, Basilone enlisted in the U.S. Army and served three years in
the Philippines, where he was a champion boxer. After a brief return to
New Jersey, Basilone enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1940 and was a
machine gunner with C Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st
Marine Division, and later with the B Company, 1st Battalion, 27th
Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division.
Born to a privileged family in Mobile, Ala., PFC Eugene B.
Sledge (played by Joe Mazzello) had relatives on both sides of his
family who fought for the Confederacy. Sledge was the son of a
physician who was a medical officer during the First World War; he had
turned 18 just one month before the U.S. entered the war, but a heart
condition kept him from enlisting until Dec. 1942. Although his family
urged him to train as an officer, Sledge ultimately joined as an
enlisted man and served with K Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine
Regiment, 1st Marine Division as a mortarman.
Over the span of ten hours, THE PACIFIC takes an unflinching
"under the helmet" look at the experiences of these men and their
brothers in arms, each of whom finds himself fighting for his life on
faraway specks of land they had never heard of Guadalcanal, Cape
Gloucester, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, Okinawa. Forced to endure extreme
deprivation and a debilitating climate, while fighting a brutal enemy
who would rather die than consider surrender, these Marines are driven
to the brink of their humanity.
THE PACIFIC depicts these battles physical, mental and emotional as it explores the true human cost of war.