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The Pacific

The Pacific's intertitle
Approx. run time 60 minutes
Genre War miniseries
Written by Bruce McKenna
Robert Schenkkan
Graham Yost
George Pelecanos
Larry Andries
Michelle Ashford
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)
Starring James Badge Dale
Jon Seda
Joseph Mazzello
Music by Hans Zimmer
Geoff Zanelli
Blake Neely
Country United States
Language English
Original channel HBO
Original run March 14, 2010 (2010-03-14) – present
No. of episodes 1 (List of episodes)
Official website

The Pacific is a 2010 ten-part television World War II miniseries, produced by HBO, Seven Network Australia and DreamWorks, which premiered on March 14, 2010.[2]

Similar to the 2001 mini-series Band of Brothers, The Pacific focuses on the United States Marine Corps' actions in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

The Pacific is being spearheaded by Bruce McKenna (co-executive producer), who was one of the main writers on Band of Brothers. Hugh Ambrose, the son of Band of Brothers author Stephen Ambrose, will serve as a project consultant.[3]



The Pacific was produced by Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Gary Goetzman in association with HBO Films, Playtone, Dreamworks, and Seven Network.[4] Seven invested in the project for the right to broadcast it in Australia.[5] Nine Network has previously broadcast the HBO productions of The Sopranos and Band of Brothers. Nine had a broadcast deal with HBO's parent Warner Bros., but then HBO started to distribute its own productions separately.[6]

In April 2007, the producers set up a production office in Melbourne and began casting.[7]

Filming of the series in Australia, started August 10, 2007,[8] and finished in late May 2008.[9]

The score was written by Hans Zimmer, Geoff Zanelli and Blake Neely and was released on March 9th. The series premiered on March 14, 2010 on HBO.[10]


Originally the project was estimated at US$100 million (AUD$120 million) to produce.[6]

The series has a budget of more than US$150 million (AUD$200 million), with an estimated AUD$134 million of that spent in Australia,[11] and is thought to be the most expensive series ever made in Australia.[7] Herald Sun estimates that it brought 4000 jobs and generated AUD$180 million for the Australian economy.[12]

Filming locations

Filming locations included:


The Pacific is based primarily on two memoirs of U.S. Marines, With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by Eugene Sledge and Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie.[3] The series will tell the stories of the two authors and Marine John Basilone, as the war against the Empire of Japan rages. It also draws on Sledge's China Marine[28] and Red Blood, Black Sand,[29] the memoir of Chuck Tatum, a Marine who fought alongside Basilone at Iwo Jima. [30]

The series will feature well-known battles involving the 1st Marine Division, such as Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, and Okinawa, as well as Basilone's involvement in the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Hugh Ambrose has authored the official tie-in book to the series[31], which follows the stories of the three men featured in the series as well as stories of their fellow Marines. It is set to publish in the US and UK in March 2010.


# Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
1 "Part One" Tim Van Patten[32] Bruce C. McKenna March 14, 2010 (2010-03-14)
Robert Leckie and the 1st Marines land on Guadalcanal and take part in the Battle of the Tenaru
2 "Part Two" David Nutter Bruce C. McKenna March 21, 2010 (2010-03-21)
John Basilone and the 7th Marines land on Guadalcanal to bolster the defenses around Henderson Field
3 "Part Three" Jeremy Podeswa George Pelecanos & Michelle Ashford March 28, 2010 (2010-03-28)
The 1st Marine Division on Guadalcanal is relieved and arrives in Melbourne, Australia. Basilone receives the Medal of Honor and returns home to sell war bonds
4 "Part Four" Graham Yost Robert Schenkkan & Graham Yost April 4, 2010 (2010-04-04)
Eugene Sledge enlists in the Marines and trains for combat, while Leckie and the 1st Marine Division are put into action at Cape Gloucester
5 "Part Five" Carl Franklin Laurence Andries & Bruce C. McKenna April 11, 2010 (2010-04-11)
Sledge and Leckie land with the 1st Marine Division at Peleliu
6 "Part Six" Tony To Bruce C. McKenna & Laurence Andries & Robert Schenkkan April 18, 2010 (2010-04-18)
The Marines move to capture Peleliu's vital airfield. Leckie is wounded by blast concussion and evacuated. 
7 "Part Seven" Tim Van Patten Bruce C. McKenna April 25, 2010 (2010-04-25)
Sledge and the 5th Marines move into Peleliu's Bloody Nose Ridge to face the Japanese. 
8 "Part Eight" David Nutter & Jeremy Podeswa Robert Schenkkan & Michelle Ashford May 2, 2010 (2010-05-02)
Basilone is transferred to the 5th Marine Division and lands at Iwo Jima
9 "Part Nine" Tim Van Patten Bruce C. McKenna May 9, 2010 (2010-05-09)
Sledge and the 1st Marine Division land at Okinawa
10 "Part Ten" Jeremy Podeswa Bruce C. McKenna & Robert Schenkkan May 16, 2010 (2010-05-16)
Sledge and Leckie return home after the Japanese surrender


The following credits have been taken from the IMDb.[33]


Country Broadcast
Asia HBO Asia: No date set
Australia The program was set to air on Channel Seven in 2009.[34] But the Herald Sun reported that the U.S. debut on HBO will come first in 2010, then it will be broadcast in Australia.[35]
Belgium Prime televise: From 29 March 2010
Brazil HBO Brazil: Expected late March 2010
Bulgaria HBO Bulgaria: From 15 March 2010[36]
Canada HBO Canada: From 14 March 2010[37]
Croatia HBO Adria: From 15 March 2010
Czech Republic HBO Czech Republic: From 15 March 2010[38]
Denmark Canal+ From 4 April 2010.[39]
Finland YLE: Expected in the Fall of 2010
Canal+: 4 April 2010
France Canal+: Expected in 2010
Greece Nova Cinema: No date set
Hungary HBO Hungary: From 15 March 2010
Hong Kong HBO: From 1 April 2010
Italy Sky Italia: From 9 May 2010
Republic of Ireland Sky Movies: From 4 April 2010[40]
RTE One: No date set
Israel Yes (Israel): on Yes Stars Action in 2010
Jamaica Television Jamaica: From June 2010
Latin America HBO LA: From April 2010
Macedonia HBO Macedonia: From 15 March 2010
Malaysia HBO: From 1 April 2010
Netherlands Veronica: From 3 April 2010
New Zealand TVNZ: From 12 April 2010
Norway Canal+: From April 2010
NRK Late 2010 or 2011 (date not set)
Poland HBO Poland: From 15 March 2010
Portugal AXN From 16 March 2010
Romania HBO Romania: From 15 March 2010
Serbia HBO Srbija: From 15 March 2010
Slovenia HBO Slovenia: From 15 March 2010
Spain Canal: From 15 March 2010
Sweden Canal+: From 4 April 2010
Taiwan HBO & HBO HD: From 3 April 2010
Turkey CNBC-e: No date set
United Kingdom Sky Movies: From 4 April 2010[41]
United States: HBO: From 14 March 2010



Channel Seven, as a part of the channel's annual New Year TV preview of its upcoming shows that it would be broadcasting the same corresponding year, released a trailer early this year at 12.06 a.m, January 1, 2010.This trailer was unapproved by HBO, 10d after it was released temporarily on the Internet, it was promptly removed by HBO and Channel Seven due to copyright infringement.

The brief 1 minute 16 second trailer shows the landing of the 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division on the island of Peleliu on September 15, 1944. It starts off with a platoon of Marines on an amtrac waiting for the ramp on their LST to drop to allow their embarkation towards the beach to commence. The trailer then cuts and shows the Marines in LVT-1s and DUKWs approaching Orange Beach as they take incoming fire from Japanese artillery and machine guns from Peleliu. The trailer then cuts again to the scene on the beachhead where we see the Marines from the earlier waves struggling to establish a foothold on the beach as they encounter heavy machine gun and mortar fire from the defending Japanese garrison. The voice over of the Channel Seven trailer then erroneously describes the battle being shown as 'the battle that saved Australia'.

The trailer focuses on one Marine in particular named Eugene B. Sledge (played by Joseph Mazzello), the author of With The Old Breed, one of the sources that the writers and producers of The Pacific have used for the mini-series, of whom we follow throughout the trailer.

United States

The first official U.S. trailer for The Pacific aired on HBO prior to the season 2 premiere of True Blood on June 14, 2009. It showed footage of the three main characters, including a conversation between Leckie and Sledge and Basilone's marriage and numerous combat scenes. The trailer concluded with "2010" displayed onscreen - alluding to and confirming the series release date. A new trailer currently is available on the HBO website after which the date "March 2010" is displayed, giving a more specific series release date. On Jan. 14, 2010, Comcast added On Demand content from the series, including a scene from The Pacific, interviews with the producers and character profiles.[42]

Another trailer was shown during Super Bowl XLIV, depicting several combat scenes.

An extended trailer (3:47) to the miniseries can be viewed on the series' official website. See external links below.


  1. ^ Schneider, Michael (August 15, 2007). "More directors take 'Pacific' plunge". Variety. Retrieved February 1, 2008. 
  2. ^ Kate Stanhope. "HBO to Premiere The Pacific March 14". 
  3. ^ a b Zeitchik, Steven. - "HBO greenlights Spielberg mini". - Variety. - April 24, 2007.
  4. ^ "Channel Seven Lands Spielberg". May 16, 2007.,23663,21737407-10229,00.html. 
  5. ^ Ziffer, Daniel (May 16, 2007). "Spielberg mini-series forms link with Seven". The Age. 
  6. ^ a b Bodey, Michael (May 16, 2007). "Seven trumps Nine by landing war mini-series". The Australian.,23636,21738368-462,00.html. 
  7. ^ a b Browne, Rachel (April 8, 2007). "Australia Poised to Score $150m Deal for Epic War Series". The Sun-Herald. 
  8. ^ "First Shots in War Epic". mX. August 10, 2007. 
  9. ^ "University's Hall of Fame". Diamond Valley News. May 21, 2008. 
  10. ^ O'Hara, Helen (April 23, 2009). "Exclusive: Tom Hanks On Toy Story 3 Also Angels & Demons & The Pacific War". Empire. - (c/o 
  11. ^ "Stay in Touch: Thanks Hanks". The Sydney Morning Herald. December 3, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Movies on a Roll". - Herald Sun. - August 3, 2008.
  13. ^ Browne, Sophia. - "Crew Retreats from North". - The Cairns Post. - November 9, 2007.
  14. ^ a b c Irby, Ross. - "Battleline retreats for filming". - The Cairns Post. - September 26, 2007.
  15. ^ "Spielberg to Film in Queensland". - The West Australian. - June 22, 2007. | - "Spielberg war Epic for Docklands". - The Age. - April 26, 2007.
  16. ^ Devlyn, Darren. - "War Comes to You Yangs". - Herald Sun. - November 10, 2007.
  17. ^ "Film Cast Member Breaks Leg in Freak Incident". - Geelong Advertiser. - January 31, 2008.
  18. ^ Idato, Michael. - "The View: Spielberg's Pacific". - The Sydney Morning Herald. - May 21, 2007.
  19. ^ Breen, Daniel. - "Strike Forces Early End to Filming". - Geelong Advertiser. - January 24, 2008.
  20. ^ Cameron, Kellie. - "Spielberg Declares War". - Sunday Mail. - February 3, 2008.
  21. ^ Byrne, Fiona. - "CBD's Role in Major Movie". - Herald Sun. - November 4, 2007.
  22. ^ Lucas, Clay. - "Spielberg and Hanks to stop Melbourne traffic". - The Age. - September 15, 2007.
  23. ^ Burke, Kelly. - "'Film capital' on tenterhooks as Melbourne steals show". - The Age. - February 9, 2008.
  24. ^ Cannata, Sarah. - "Baird Hitches up His Horses to Draw Movie Roles". - Whittlesea Post. - June 25, 2008.
  25. ^ a b "University's Hall of Fame". - Diamond Valley News. - May 21, 2008.
  26. ^ a b c Smith, Bridie. - "School's Out and The Army's In, Albeit for a Very Pacific Reason". - The Age. - December 11, 2007.
  27. ^ Bruce-Rosser, Kate. - "Fight for a Skyline". - Stonnington Leader. - March 26, 2008.
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  30. ^ Lori Gilbert. "Stockton man's Iwo Jima experience part of HBO miniseries". The Record. 
  31. ^ Neilan, Catherine. - "Canongate signs The Pacific tie-in". - The Bookseller - 14 December 2009.
  32. ^ "Making of The Pacific (HBO)". HBO. 
  33. ^ The Pacific. - IMDb. - February 1, 2008. | - The Pacific: Cast & Crew. - - February 1, 2008.
  34. ^ Hassall, Greg. - "The view: Marines on the March". - The Sydney Morning Herald. - October 20, 2008.
  35. ^ Bryne, Fiona; Alice Coster; and Katherine Firkin (May 26, 2009). - Tattle: "WWII series on hold for a year". - Herald Sun.
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  40. ^ Press Release: - "Sky Acquires New Series 'The Pacific' from the Makers of Band of Brothers". - - BSkyB. - April 21, 2009.
    —MOVIES: "Spielberg & Hanks' The Pacific Comes To Sky Movies". - - BSkyB
  41. ^ Press Release: - "Sky Acquires New Series 'The Pacific' from the Makers of Band of Brothers". - - BSkyB. - April 21, 2009.
    —MOVIES: "Spielberg & Hanks' The Pacific Comes To Sky Movies". - - BSkyB
  42. ^ "Comcast adds exclusive HD content from ‘The Pacific’". HD Report. 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 

Further reading

  • Military History Magazine, Vol.26, No.4 October/November 2009

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