Executive producers: Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg
Director: Episode 3 by Jeremy Podeswa
Writer: Episode 3 by George Pelecanos and Michelle Ashford
Co-starring: Joseph Mazzello (as Eugene B. Sledge), James Badge Dale (as Robert Leckie), Jon Seda (as John ‘Manila’ Basilone), Ashton Holmes (as Sid Phillips), Rami Malek (as Merriell Shelton), Claire van der Boom (as Stella)
Genre: Drama, War, Historical, Action
Filming: Filmed in Australia (Queensland, Victoria and Melbourne) from August 2007 – May 2008
Viewing figures: Received between 1.8m and 3.1m viewers during its run in the US. Episode 3 received 2.8m viewers in the US.
Runtime: 10 episodes, each episode 1hr long
A 10-part HBO mini-series telling the intertwined stories of three Marines during America’s battle with the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II.
Isabel plays Gwen, a beautiful Australian girl swept off her feet by Private Sid Phillips during his leave period on the Australian coast in Episode 3 (Melbourne).
After four months of combat on Guadalcanal, the 1st Marine Division is relieved and the men are transported to Melbourne, Australia. Shocked and befuddled by the heroes’ welcome they receive, the men soon find that they are in something akin to paradise with plenty to eat, drink and an endless number of beautiful women to keep them company. Sid Phillips meets a young girl, Gwen, whose grandfather makes sure he understands the rules of behavior when it comes to his granddaughter. Bob Lechie meets Stella Karamanlis on a tram and is soon taken in by her family who see in him the son they never had. Bob and Stella are soon lovers but the war and the never-ending pall of death casts a shadow on their relationship. John Basilone is awarded the Medal of Honor and soon realizes that he can no longer act like he did before. He also has to leave his men when he’s asked to return to the US to help sell War Bonds.
Premiered in the US on March 14th 2010 on HBO
Premiered in the UK on April 5th 2010 on Sky Movies
Premiered in Australia on April 14th 2010 on Channel 7
Episode 3 aired in the US on March 28th 2010
Episode 3 aired in Australia on April 21st 2010
DVD (UK) – November 1st 2010
DVD (US) – November 2nd 2010
DVD (Aus) – November 3rd 2010
• Thought to be the most expensive series ever made in Australia.
• Produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.
• Thought to be a ‘sequel’ to the HBO mini-series Band Of Brothers.
• Based on the books ‘With the Old Breed’ by Eugene Sledge and ‘Helmet for My Pillow’ by Robert Leckie.
• Tom Hanks says that the battle scenes are some of the most bloody yet, but that they and the special effects are also some of the most realistic seen.
• A big name cast was passed on in favor of spending more money on the special effects.
• Many locals were cast in roles when filming in Australia, including Melbourne girl Isabel!
• Received 24 Emmy nominations in 2010, although none for acting. Episode 3 received one nomination for ‘Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special’. The series won a total of 7 awards, including the awards for Outstanding Miniseries and Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie.
• Part of show was filmed in Port Douglas, the place where Isabel was ‘discovered’ by Sharon Meissner in 2003!
» Isabel Lucas – “It’s a great role. Gwen is my character and she’s the lifelong friend, girlfriend of Syd Phillips. These are non-fictional characters, so they’re still alive, which is quite special.”
» Isabel Lucas – “I would love to meet Mr. Spielberg and thank him for the amazing opportunities that have come up.”
» Isabel Lucas – “The set was down the street from the place I get my coffee every morning. It made it really easy to meet friends at the bar after work.”
» Isabel Lucas – “It’s the bittersweet theme of love and loss. It follows the characters falling in love while Sid Philips was stationed in Victoria, and then his inevitable departure and heading back to war.”
» Isabel Lucas – “The whole street was cut off. It was set dressed to appear as it was in the 1940s. The trams were from the 1940s, there were horses and carts and little market stalls by the side of the road and old cigarette stands and posters and signs that were of the time. The set designers did an amazing job.” – on the filming outside the Flinders Street Station in Melbourne
» Isabel Lucas – “It’s an incredible story and a huge and vital part of our history,” she says. Inevitably in some way Australians are all linked to some family member or friend who went through the experience of war. It made it more tangible having that connection with the history.”
» Isabel Lucas – “I can’t wait to see that! Apparently Steven is really happy with it, he’s delighted; it really is like a second Band Of Brothers, but it’s certainly not a sequel, it’s a whole new show of its own. It was an incredibly enjoyable experience, especially working in my hometown of Melbourne; there were a lot of beautiful old sets and old bars we shot in.”
» James Badge Dale – “You know the pressure of Episode Three? It was working with women again. We’d been doing that for three months, marching around the jungle and none of us had really worked with a woman or seen a woman for a while. We got down to Melbourne and that’s when we shot Episode Three. We were like kids in a candy store. We were all over the place. The table read was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. You’ve never seen so many nervous men in your life. Suddenly you had Claire Van Der Boom and Isabel Lucas, all of these beautiful women around the table and guys are just sweating and moving funny. That was the difficulty in Episode Three, just sitting down and breaking down scene-work and working with beautiful women. That’s not to say that I don’t mind working with all of these dirty guys. That’s easy, too. But Episode Three was an absolute pleasure to shoot.”
James (Gwen’s grandfather): “I’m in charge of Gwennie’s honour.”
Sid: “A manual of arms. My grandfather would want the same understanding.”
James: “Let’s get this understood. Hit him with it girl.
Gwen: “Article 1, general provisions, hands off the merchandise.”
Sid: “You’ve memorised this?”
Gwen: “See, I’m the merchandise.”
Sid: “Hands off, aye aye sir.”
Gwen: “Article 2, hands off the merchandise.”
James: “Meaning there’ll be none of that!” [points to man in passionate embrace with woman]
Sid: “There’s no problem there, I’m not much of a dancer sir!”
Gwen: “Article 3, punishments for violating 1 and 2 …”
James: “… Will be swift and unflinching. Don’t for a moment think otherwise.”
[Soldiers enter the pub to round-up AWOL soldiers, of which Sid is one]
James: “What’s this then?”
Sid: “There’s no problem, I’ve got a pass, but still, why don’t I escort Gwen out the back, sir?”
Gwen: “Good night Gramps, don’t wait up!”
• The Hollywood Reporter: “As sensitive and realistic a portrait of American combat in the Pacific as you ever will see.”
• Zap2It.com: “The miniseries doesn’t meander. Though there are more than a few breaks from the fighting — episode three deals primarily with a post-Guadalcanal respite in Australia — “The Pacific” never feels like anything less than a cohesive whole. It’s really a remarkable piece of television.”
• AVClub.com: “I’m less impressed with the story of Sid falling in love with Gwen (played by Isabel Lucas, who was that female Decepticon in Transformers 2, and is much, much better here for obvious reasons). For one thing, Lucas and Ashton Holmes didn’t have as good of chemistry as Van der Boom and James Badge Dale.”
• New York Times: “For all its realism, “Band of Brothers” was veined with an almost romantic infatuation with just war and noble warriors. “The Pacific” is harder to watch and all the better for it.”
• USA Today: “The team returns with The Pacific, an equally spectacular, equally triumphant yet tonally divergent work that stands with Band of Brothers as the best war movie ever made for TV.”
• ChicagoTribune.com: “Certain moments may verge on cliche (and once in a while, the dialogue is a little corny), but overall, “The Pacific” is crafted and acted with such loving devotion that it’s hard to find fault with its sincerity and sentimental forays. That’s not to say “The Pacific” is easy to watch: It’s not. It’s to this miniseries’ great credit that it doesn’t turn away from the reality of what these men endured.”
• MiamiHerald.com: “The Pacific, with a talented but little-known cast led by James Badge Dale, Joe Mazzello and Jon Seda, follows three real-life Marines from the 1942 landing at Guadalcanal — the first American amphibious assault of the war — to the 1945 invasion of Okinawa.”
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