Sunday, February 28, 2010

"The Pacific": Hell Was An Ocean Away- March 14

The new 10-part mini-series "The Pacific" premieres Sunday, March 14th on HBO, from Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman, the producing team behind the Emmy Award/Golden Globe-winning 2001 HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers".

"The Pacific" tracks the intertwined real-life journeys of three US Marines 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, through the horror of Okinawa and finally to their triumphant but uneasy return home after V-J Day.

Filming of the $150 million budgeted series started August 2007 in Australia, wrapping May 2008. Locations included Port Douglas and Mossman, Queensland, Mowbray Valley at Drumsara, Rocky Point beaches, Central City Studios at Melbourne Docklands and the Railway Hotel, Scotch College and Mornington Railway in Melbourne.

"The Pacific" adapts the Marine memoirs "With the Old Breed" by Eugene Sledge and "Helmet for My Pillow" by Robert Leckie.

Both books feature battles involving the 1st Marine Division at Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, Okinawa and the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Cast of "The Pacific" includes Joseph Mazzello as 'Corporal Eugene "Sledgehammer" Sledge', Jon Seda as 'Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone', James Badge Dale as 'Private First Class Robert Leckie', William Sadler as 'Colonel'Lewis "Chesty" Puller', Nathan Corddry as 'Private Loudmouth', Rami Malek as 'Merriell "Snafu" Shelton', Matthew Dale as 'Sergeant John Marmet', Grant Cartwright as 'Captain Midnight', Ben Esler as 'Pfc. Charles "Chuck" Tatum', Martin McCann as 'Corporal Robert V. Burgin', Leon Ford as 'Lieutenant Edward "Hillbilly" Jones', Freddie Joe Farnsworth as 'Lieutenant "Stumpy" Stanley', Scott Gibson as 'Captain Andrew "Ack Ack" Haldane', Joshua Biton as 'Sergeant J. P. Morgan' and Dylan Hyne as 'Pvt. Packer'.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Pacific" & "Band Of Brothers"...