You read it here first: if you have even the slightest interest in World War II, the U.S. Marine Corps, American history, or–even more importantly–top quality TV drama, you will be glued to your TV sets for ten consecutive Sunday nights at 9:00 beginning March 14, when HBO runs the first episode of The Pacific /
Produced by Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, this series promises to be on a par with HBO’s famed Band of Brothers series. That is, it will be superbly written, terrifically acted, beautifully filmed, and as realistic as war action gets on film.
That last part will be due primarily to our friend Dale Dye, the former Marine captain who wrote the book on high-grade movie military technical advising since he created the mini-boot camp for actors for Oliver Stone’s Platoon . Dye spent a full year on sets in Australia making sure the movie got it all right. Dye and his crew did “everything in our power to give audiences an insight to the thoughts, emotions and passions of men who faced a brutal, tenacious and unfamiliar enemy in the Pacific campaigns of World War II, ” Dye said recently.
You can get a heads up on just about every aspect of the film at the web site HBO has set up to publicize the $200 million series, which depicts the war in the Pacific as fought by the men of the 1st Marine Division from the days following the attack on Pearl Harbor to the return of troops home after final victory over Japan.