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The Pacific (TV miniseries)

The Pacific
The Pacific '​s intertitle
Genre War miniseries
Distributed by DreamWorks Television
Directed by Tim Van Patten
David Nutter
Jeremy Podeswa
Graham Yost
Carl Franklin
Tony To[1]
Produced by Steven Spielberg (executive)
Tom Hanks (executive)
Gary Goetzman (executive)
Tony To (co-executive)
Graham Yost (co-executive)
Eugene Kelly (co-executive)
Bruce McKenna (co-executive)
Cherylanne Martin
Todd London
Steven Shareshian
Tim Van Patten (supervising)
George Pelecanos (co-producer)
Robert Schenkkan (co-producer)
Written by Bruce McKenna
Robert Schenkkan
Graham Yost
George Pelecanos
Larry Andries
Michelle Ashford
Starring James Badge Dale
Jon Seda
Joseph Mazzello
Music by Hans Zimmer (main theme)
Geoff Zanelli
Blake Neely
Production company DreamWorks Television
Budget US$ 200 million
Country United States
Language English
Original channel HBO (US)
Sky Movies Premiere HD (UK)
Seven Network (Australia)
Original run 14 March 2010[2]  – 16 May 2010
Running time 540 minutes
No. of episodes 10 (List of episodes)
Preceded by
Official website

The Pacific is a 2010 television series produced by HBO, Seven Network Australia, Sky Movies, Playtone and DreamWorks that premiered in the United States on 14 March 2010.

The series is a companion piece to the 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers and focuses on the United States Marine Corps' actions in the Pacific Theater of Operations within the wider Pacific War. Whereas Band of Brothers followed one company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment through the European Theater, The Pacific centers on the experiences of three Marines (Eugene Sledge, Robert Leckie and John Basilone) who were all in different regiments of the 1st Marine Division.

The Pacific was spearheaded by Bruce McKenna (co-executive producer), one of the main writers on Band of Brothers. Hugh Ambrose, the son of Band of Brothers author Stephen Ambrose, served as a project consultant.

The miniseries features the 1st Marine Division's battles in the Pacific, such as Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, and Okinawa, as well as Basilone's involvement in the Battle of Iwo Jima. It is based primarily on the memoirs of two U.S. Marines: With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by Eugene Sledge; and Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie.[3] It also draws on Sledge's China Marine[4] and Red Blood, Black Sand, the memoir of Chuck Tatum, a Marine who fought alongside Basilone on Iwo Jima.[5][6]




The Pacific was produced by Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Gary Goetzman in association with HBO Miniseries, Playtone, DreamWorks, Seven Network and Sky Movies.[8] Seven invested in the project for the right to broadcast it in Australia.[9] Nine Network has previously broadcast the HBO productions of Band of Brothers. Nine had a broadcast deal with HBO's parent Warner Bros., but then HBO started to distribute its own productions separately.[10] In April 2007, the producers set up a production office in Melbourne and began casting.[11]

Originally the project was estimated at $100 million to produce,[10] but ended up costing over $200 million, making The Pacific the most expensive television miniseries ever created by any network.[12][13][14] According to The Malaysian Insider the series cost $270 million, with an estimated A$134 million of that spent in Australia.[15] The Australian newspaper Herald Sun estimates that it brought 4,000 jobs and generated A$180 million for the Australian economy.[16]

Filming of the miniseries in Australia started on 10 August 2007,[17] and finished in late May 2008.[18] From August until November 2007[19] filming took place at locations in and around Port Douglas, Queensland including Mossman, Queensland;[20] Drumsara Plantation, Mowbray National Park[20] and beaches at Rocky Point, Queensland.[20] Production then moved to rural Victoria,[21][22] in the You Yangs near Lara (from November–December 2007),[23] then at a sand quarry on Sandy Creek Road near Geelong, Victoria until February 2008.[24] Melbourne city locations were used in late 2007 and through 2008 including Central City Studios at Melbourne Docklands (March 2008);[25][26] Flinders Street (between Swanston and Elizabeth streets, 1–4 February 2008);[27][28] the intersection of Swanston and Flinders streets (February 2008);[29] Flinders Street Station (2–3 February 2008).[30] Other suburban locations included Bundoora, Victoria,[31] specifically the Ernest Jones Hall at the La Trobe University campus, Bundoora (late May 2008);[32] the Railway Hotel, South Melbourne (December 2007);[33] Scotch College, Melbourne (December 2007);[33] Melbourne High School (December 2007).[33][34]

The series' score was written by Hans Zimmer, Geoff Zanelli and Blake Neely and was released on 9 March 2010.

Historian Hugh Ambrose, son of Band of Brothers author Stephen E. Ambrose, wrote the official tie-in book to the miniseries,[35] which follows the stories of two of the featured men from the miniseries, Basilone and Sledge, as well as stories of Sledge's close friend Sidney Phillips and two men not featured in the series, marine officer Austin Shofner and U.S. Navy pilot Vernon Micheel. The different cast provides a wider view of the Pacific theatre, allowing the book to include the fall of the Philippines, Midway, Philippine Sea and Luzon and expand the narrative to include depictions of life as experienced by prisoners of war, senior officers and the development of naval aviation. It was published in the UK and the U.S. in March 2010 and Ambrose gave a webcast interview about the book at the Pritzker Military Library on April 15, 2010.[36][37]


The series premiered in the US and Canada[38] on 14 March 2010, on HBO.[39] HBO Asia premiered The Pacific at 9 pm on 3 April 2010, with the first two episodes being consecutively broadcast in the first week. Singapore, Hong Kong, and Indonesia had dual language available. Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Philippines broadcasts were available in high-definition on the HBO Asia HD Channel.[40] The Pacific began broadcast on 5 April 2010 on Sky Movies in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[41] In Portugal, the series was broadcast on 5 April 2010 on AXN and in HD on AXN HD two days after the original broadcast in the U.S. The series broadcast commenced in Australia on Channel 7 on Wednesday, 14 April 2010, at 8:30 pm.[42] In Denmark, Norway, Finland, France and Sweden, the series began broadcasting on Canal+; in Turkey, CNBC-e on 18 April 2010; in the Netherlands, on 7 April 2010 on Veronica; and in Greece, on Nova Cinema on 10 April 2010. In New Zealand, the series began broadcasting on 12 April 2010 on TV One. In Italy, the miniseries began broadcast on 9 May 2010 on Sky Cinema 1; in Germany, on 15 July 2010 on Kabel eins. In Japan, the miniseries started 18 July 2010 on WOWOW.[43] In South Africa, the miniseries started broadcasting on 5 May 2010 on the Mnet channel.


The first official U.S. trailer for The Pacific aired on HBO prior to the season 2 premiere of True Blood on 14 June 2009. It showed footage of the three main characters, including a conversation between Leckie and Sledge, Basilone's marriage and numerous combat scenes. The trailer concluded with "2010" displayed on-screen -alluding to and confirming the series release date. A second trailer was released on the HBO website after which the date "March 2010" is displayed, giving a more specific series release date. On 14 January 2010, Comcast added on-demand content from the series, including a scene from The Pacific, interviews with the producers and character profiles.[44] Another trailer was shown in February 2010 during Super Bowl XLIV, depicting several combat scenes. An extended trailer (3:47) to the miniseries can be viewed on the series' official website.


Critical reception

The Pacific was very well received by critics, receiving an average score of 87% at review aggregator Metacritic.[45] Time magazine's James Poniewozik named it one of the Top 10 TV Series of 2010.[46] Also receiving an 8.3 on IMDB.[47]


Pacific won a Peabody Award in 2010 for "this series remind[ing] us of the necessities—and the costs—of service."[48]

Primetime Emmy Awards

Category Nominee Episode Outcome
Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie Anthony Pratt, Dominic Hyman, Richard Hobbs, Scott Bird, Jim Millet, Rolland Pike, Lisa Thompson N/A Won
Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special Meg Liberman, Camille H. Patton, Christine King, Jennifer Euston, Suzanne M. Smith N/A Won
Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie Remi Adefarasin Part Five Nominated
Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie Stephen F. Windon Part Nine Nominated
Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special Penny Rose, Ken Crouch Part Three Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special David Nutter, Jeremy Podeswa Part Eight Nominated
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or Movie Edward A. Warschilka Part Five Nominated
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or Movie Alan Cody Part Eight Nominated
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or Movie Alan Cody, Marta Évry Part Nine Nominated
Outstanding Main-Title Design Steve Fuller, Ahmet Ahmet, Peter Frankfurt, Lauren Hartstone N/A Nominated
Outstanding Make-up for a Miniseries or Movie (Non-Prosthetic) Chiara Tripodi, Toni French N/A Won
Outstanding Prosthetic Make-up for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special Jason Baird, Sean Genders, Gregory Nicotero, Jac Charlton, Chad Atkinson, Ben Rittenhouse N/A Won
Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special (Original Dramatic Score) Blake Neely, Geoff Zanelli, Hans Zimmer Part Ten Nominated
Outstanding Miniseries Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Tony To, Graham Yost, Eugene Kelly, Bruce McKenna, Cherylanne Martin, Todd London, Steven Shareshian, Tim Van Patten, George Pelecanos, Robert Schenkkan N/A Won
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special Tom Bellfort, Benjamin L. Cook, Daniel S. Irwin, Hector C. Gika, Charles Maynes, Paul Aulicino, John C. Stuver, David Williams, Michelle Pazer, John Finklea, Jody Thomas, Katie Rose Part Five Won
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or Movie Andrew Ramage, Michael Minkler, Daniel Leahy Part Two Won
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or Movie Andrew Ramage, Michael Minkler, Daniel Leahy, Craig Mann Part Five Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or Movie Gary Wilkins, Michael Minkler, Daniel Leahy, Marc Fishman Part Eight Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or Movie Gary Wilkins, Michael Minkler, Daniel Leahy Part Nine Nominated
Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special John E. Sullivan, Joss Williams, David Taritero, Peter Webb, Dion Hatch, John P. Mesa, Jerry Pooler, Paul Graff Part One Nominated
Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special John E. Sullivan, Joss Williams, David Taritero, David Goldberg, Angelo Sahin, Marco Recuay, William Mesa, Chris Bremble, Jerry Pooler Part Five Won
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special Robert Schenkkan, Michelle Ashford Part Eight Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special Bruce C. McKenna, Robert Schenkkan Part Ten Nominated

Golden Globe Awards

Category Outcome
Best Miniseries or Television Film Nominated


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Further reading

  • Military History Magazine, Vol. 26, No. 4 October/November 2009
  • Franklin, Nancy (15 March 2010). "The Critics: Hell on Earth".  

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