The Pacific

Executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Gary Goetzman, The Pacific is an epic ten-part miniseries. The Pacific tracks the intertwined real-life stories of three U.S. Marines: Robert Leckie, John Basilone, and Eugene Sledge; 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 Pacific 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.

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