The Pacific (2010)
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Outmanned and with supplies low, Basilone and other marines on Guadacanal rally to repel superior Japanese forces.


David Nutter


Bruce C. McKenna, Robert Leckie (based in part on the book "Helmet for My Pillow") | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Badge Dale ... PFC Robert Leckie
Joseph Mazzello ... PFC Eugene Sledge (as Joe Mazzello)
Jon Seda ... Sgt. John Basilone
Jon Bernthal ... Sgt. Manuel Rodriguez
Joshua Bitton ... Sgt. J.P. Morgan
Tom Budge ... PFC Ronnie Gibson
Josh Helman ... PFC Lew 'Chuckler' Juergens
Ashton Holmes ... PFC Sidney Phillips
Ian Meadows ... Pvt. Cecil Evans
Henry Nixon ... 2nd Lt. Hugh Corrigan
Keith Nobbs ... PFC Wilbur 'Runner' Conley
Conor O'Farrell ... Dr. Sledge
Jacob Pitts ... PFC Bill 'Hoosier' Smith
William Sadler ... Lt Col. Lewis 'Chesty' Puller
Akos Armont ... PFC Billie Joe Crumpton


By October 1942, the Marines on Guadalcanal are fighting hunger and the jungle as well as the Japanese. The arrival of an Army unit helps somewhat but the Marines realize just how under-equipped they are by comparison. The Japanese are reinforcing their troops with ease and the men are facing nightly attacks at Henderson Field. Sgt. John Basilone takes charge during a particularly powerful Japanese attack and is recommended for a medal. He loses a close friend however. Back home Eugene Sledge, no longer needing his father's permission to sign up, announces he is going to enlist in the Marines. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

21 March 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Near the start of the first episode, an officer gives a speech to NCOs. Behind the officer is a large map of the world showing those parts in red under German and Japanese control. The map clearly shows Iceland in red with a swastika nearby. Iceland was neutral during the war and was invaded by Britain in May 1940 and later occupied by the USA. Iceland was never under German control. See more »


Lt Col. Lewis 'Chesty' Puller: Boys. Division just translated some Jap newspapers that was found on the other side of the Matanikau. Would you care to know what the Nips think of us?
Marines: Yes, sir!
[he pulls out a piece of paper and starts reading]
Lt Col. Lewis 'Chesty' Puller: "The Americans on this island are not ordinary troops, but Marines: a special force recruited from jails and insane asylums for bloodlust."
[the Marines all laugh and cheer]
Lt Col. Lewis 'Chesty' Puller: They got that right.
[the Marines laugh again]
Lt Col. Lewis 'Chesty' Puller: I got some more good news: rumors that they would never get here to ...
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References Pride of the Marines (1945) See more »


Honor - Main Title Theme From The Pacific
Composed by Blake Neely, Geoff Zanelli, Hans Zimmer
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Something's missing!
25 March 2010 | by Timothy_ReedSee all my reviews

I don't know but despite the splendid scenery and setting, the props and the gripping general war atmosphere "The Pacific" lacks the particular notion that made "Saving Private Ryan" and many episodes of "Band of Brothers" so uniquely terrific, realistic and moving. If you read the summary of this episode on HBO or even listen to Tom Hank's intro at the beginning of this episode it sounds so exciting and thrilling and still I can't feel the same when watching it. Is it the acting? Is it the script? Is it the directing? I mean they say it took four months of fighting and suffering and hardships but we only see the Marines nicking supplies from the army. Remember the episodes about the Battle of the Ardennes in BoB - that impressed me and showed the hardships the troops had to endure. And did the Japanese fighting on Guadacanal really resemble the war tactics of bad video games? Sending wave after wave into deadly machine gun fire in the vain hope of ridding the Marines of their ammo? What is depicted in the series so far is no fierce and cruel close-combat but clay-pigeon shooting. The only obvious danger for the Marines was the naval bombardment. I hope the episodes to come increase in quality because otherwise it must say the series becomes a disappointment more and more.

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