Band of Brothers

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 09, 2001 on HBO



  • Trivia

    • Nitpick: When Luz is imitating Maj. Horton to fool Capt. Sobel, a boom microphone is reflected in the wet helmets.

    • Nitpick: Throughout the series they salute each other, something which is not done in the airborne divisions.

  • Quotes

    • Guarnere: I like Winters, he's a good man. But when the bullets start flying, I don't know if I want a Quaker doing my fighting for me.

    • Winters: Nix, what are you gonna do when you get into combat?
      Nixon: Oh, I have every confidence in my scrounging abilities. And I have a case of VAT '69 hidden in your footlocker.
      Winters: (laughs quietly) Really?
      Nixon: Oh yeah.

    • Toye: Hey guys, I'm glad we're going to Europe. (takes out his knife) Hitler gets one of these right across the windpipe. Roosevelt changes Thanksgiving to Joe Toye Day, pays me ten grand a year for the rest of my fucking life.

    • Guarnere: My brother's in North Africa. He says it's hot.
      Malarkey: Really? It's hot in Africa?
      Guarnere: Shut up!

    • Perconte: This ain't spaghetti. This is Army noodles with ketchup.
      Guarnere: Well, you ain't got to eat it.
      Perconte: Come on, Gonorrhea, as a fellow Italian you should know that calling this stuff spaghetti is a mortal sin.

    • Soldier: Oh, Easy Company! Don't worry. While you're running, we'll take your dames to the movies for you.
      Liebgott: Good, they need some female company.

    • Bull: (to Lt. Winters, as Easy Company is marching one Friday night) Sir, we got nine companies, sir… well how come we're the only company marching every Friday night, twelve miles, full pack, in the pitch dark?
      Winters: Why do you think, Pvt. Randleman?
      Bull: Lt. Sobel hates us, sir!
      Winters: (pauses a moment) Lt. Sobel does not hate Easy Company, Pvt. Randleman – he just hates you! (rest of Easy Company laughs)
      Bull: Thank-you-sir!

    • Toye: Three day supply of K-rations, chocolate bars, charms candy, powdered coffee, sugar, matches, compass, bayonet, entrenching tool, ammunition, gas mask, musette bag with ammo, my weapon, my .45, canteen, two cartons of smokes, Hawkins mine, two grenades, smoke grenade, Gammon grenade, TNT, this bullshit, and a pair of nasty skivvies!
      Perconte: What's your point?
      Toye: This stuff weighs as much as I do, I still got my chute, my reserve chute, my Mae West, my M1.
      Perconte: Where you keeping the brass knuckles?
      Toye: I could use some brass knuckles.

    • George Luz: (imitating Maj. Horton) Is there a problem, Captain Sobel?
      Herbert Sobel: Who said that? Who broke silence?
      Edward Tipper: I think it's Major Horton, sir.
      Herbert Sobel: Major Horton? Wh, what is he… Did he join us?
      Edward Tipper: I think, maybe, he's moving between platoons, sir?
      George Luz: What is the god-damn holdup, Mr. Sobel?
      Herbert Sobel: A fence. Sir, uh, god… barbwire fence.
      George Luz: Oh, that dog just ain't gonna hunt. You cut that fence and get this goddamn platoon on the move.

    • Richard Winters: These men have been through the toughest training the Army has to offer, under the worst possible circumstances, and they volunteered for it.
      'Buck' Compton: Christ, Dick, I was just shooting craps with them.
      Richard Winters: You know why they volunteered? Because they knew that the man in the foxhole next to them would be the best. Not some draftee who's going to get them killed.
      'Buck' Compton: Are you ticked because they like me? Because I'm spending time to get to know my soldiers. I mean, c'mon, you've been with them for two years? I've been here for six days.
      Richard Winters: You're gambling, Buck.
      'Buck' Compton: So what. Soldiers do that. I don't deserve a reprimand for it.
      Richard Winters: What if you'd won?
      'Buck' Compton: What?
      Richard Winters: What if you'd won? Don't ever put yourself in the position where you can take from these men.

    • (on a boat headed for Europe)
      Warren Muck: Right now, some lucky bastard's headed for the Pacific, get put on some tropical island, surrounded by six naked native girls, helping him cut up coconuts so he can hand feed them to the flamingos.
      Joe Domingus: Flamingos are mean. They bite.
      Wayne Sisk: So do the naked native girls.
      Frank Perconte: With any luck.

    • Cpt. Nixon: Sobel's a genius. I had a headmaster in prep school who was just like him. I know the type.
      Richard Winters: Lew, Michaelangelo's a genius. Beethoven's a genius.
      Cpt. Nixon: You know a man in this company who wouldn't double-time Currahee with a full pack just to piss in that man's morning coffee?

    • Herbert Sobel: What's your name, trooper?
      Donald Malarkey: Malarkey, sir.
      Herbert Sobel: Malarkey. Is that slang for bullshit?
      Donald Malarkey: Yes sir.

    • Guarnere: Once we get into combat, they only people you can trust is yourself and the fella next to you.
      Toye: Hey. As long as he's a paratrooper

    • Luz: (imitating Sobel) Are those dusty jump wings? How do you expect to slay the huns with dust on your jump wings?

    • Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower: Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force: You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

    • Sobel: This man has 200 prophylactic kits in his locker. How in the name of God is he going to find the strength to fight a war?

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Slovakia: Currahee (Currahee)

    • Tony Blair (UK Prime Minster from 2 May 1997–27 June 2007) personally met Steven Spielberg to request that the series be filmed in the UK.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: October 5, 2001 on BBC 2
      Germany: April 3, 2003 on Premiere 1
      Denmark: May 8, 2006 on Kanal 5
      Greece: October 25, 2007 on SKAI
      Slovakia: August 26, 2009 on STV1

    • All of the insignia are either originals or exact replicas, down to an identical stitch count on the "screaming eagle" patch, and "wings" pins cast from original molds.

    • The wardrobe department hired the Corcoran Boot Co. to manufacture 500 pairs of paratrooper jump boots to the original Army specifications.

    • The actors endured a grueling two-week boot camp where they learned the basics, from how to wear a uniform and stand at attention, to sophisticated field tactics and parachute jump training. The average day was 16 hours long, beginning at 5:00 a.m., rain or shine, with strenuous calisthenics and a three-to-five-mile run, followed by hours of tactical training, including weapons handling and jump preparation.

    • More than 2,000 extras worked on the miniseries during the course of production.

    • Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Steven Ambrose passed each of the scripts around to real-life soldiers of Easy Company to guarantee the authenticity of the miniseries.

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