Time Magazine & Tom Hanks get “Pacific”


Grab Time Magazine this week and read about how one of Americas favorite actors is also becoming out foremost visual historian. From his work in Apollo 13, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan and of course his blockbuster HBO mini-series Band of Brothers co produced by Master Spielberg, and his production of the David McCullough mega undertaking “John Adams” Tom Hanks is taking the rich and deep history of our country very seriously and he wants as many people as possible to take notice and simply ….watch.

Hanks is delivering serious art , all the while opening the publics eyes to parts of our history that are often neglected and if nothing else mis-understood.

Tom Hanks is educating us whether we like or not.

This coming Sunday comes perhaps the most ambitious effort yet “THE PACIFIC tells the story of WWII in the pacific and our nations battles with Japan, a very deadly time for our young american soldiers in a theatre of the war  that has rarely been documented in contemporary film.


The Pacific tracks the intertwined odyssey of three U.S. Marines – Robert Leckie (played by James Badge Dale), Eugene Sledge (Joe Mazzello) and John Basilone (Jon Seda) – across the vast canvas of the Pacific. The extraordinary experiences of these men and their fellow Marines take them from the first clash with the Japanese in the haunted jungles of Guadalcanal, through the impenetrable rain forests of Cape Gloucester, across the blasted coral strongholds of Peleliu, up the black sand terraces of Iwo Jima, through the killing fields of Okinawa, to the triumphant, yet uneasy, return home after V-J Day.

The Pacific is based on the books “With the Old Breed,” by Eugene Sledge and “Helmet for My Pillow,” by Robert Leckie as well as original interviews conducted by the filmmakers.

Mr. Hanks might end up being the great visual historian of our time!

One Response to “Time Magazine & Tom Hanks get “Pacific””

  1. 3/10/2010


    Because of the growing interest in HBO’s The Pacific, I thought you might be interest in the following.

    Kenwood Productions’ award-winning documentary film, Peleliu 1944: Horror in the Pacific, is being released in DVD (produced in 1991, it has been long unavailable). Against a backdrop of rare archival film footage and photographs, the story of the Battle of Peleliu is told as never before by E. B. Sledge (author of With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa and featured in Ken Burns’ film The War, seen on PBS, and the upcoming HBO mini-series The Pacific), Bill Leyden, R. V. Burgin, and Jay de l’Eau (who are also characterized in The Pacific.) HBO licensed portions of Kenwoods’ exclusive Eugene Sledge interview to support their production of the The Pacific.

    Peleliu 1944: Horror in the Pacific tells the true story of the men of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment and the ferocious Battle of Peleliu, “an island on fire.” In conditions that tested the sanity of each man, 9,000 Marines attacked 10,000 battle-hardened Japanese soldiers dug into hundreds of fortified and reinforced coral and limestone caves. Twenty-eight days of unrelenting battle with no quarter asked or given.

    The Battle of Peleliu is as harrowing as any in the history of modern warfare. A battle of total annihilation fought in inhuman conditions.

    To see film clips and get more information on this, and other Kenwood Productions’ films, go to http://www.americanherofilm.com.

    After viewing the clips, we hope you’ll agree with the viewers who said the film “should be required viewing by every veteran or enthusiast” and “hearing the veterans speak and tell their stories was so powerful, it was all woven together with excellent narration and footage. Just hearing Eugene Sledge tell his stories is priceless.” Historian Paul Fussel wrote “One of the cassettes [of Peleliu 1944] I’m donating to the Imperial War Museum here so that the British will have some idea of the costs of the Pacific war. The other I’ll treasure forever, and with thanks always to you and to Gene Sledge.”

    If you have questions or would like more information contact us at mail@americanherofilm.com.

    Thank you.

    Jeff Hohman
    Kenwood Productions, Inc.

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