Bowdoin Hosts Premiere of HBO Miniseries 'The Pacific' March 4

Story posted February 24, 2010

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Bowdoin will host a premiere screening of segments from the upcoming HBO miniseries The Pacific at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4, 2010, in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall.

The screening is open to Bowdoin students, faculty, and staff, and members of the Association of Bowdoin Friends. Admission is free, but tickets are required and are available at the David Saul Smith Union information desk. (Friends members may pick up tickets at the McLellan Building.)

Kary Antholis '84, president of HBO Miniseries, and Bruce McKenna, co-executive producer, will be on hand to speak about the miniseries and introduce the segments.

The Pacific, an epic 10-part miniseries based on the true stories of three World War II marines, comes from producers Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Gary Goetzman—the team behind the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning 2001 HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.

It focuses on the intertwined odyssey of Robert Leckie (James Badge Dale), Eugene Sledge (Joe Mazzello) and John Basilone (Jon Ceda), and follows these heroic men and their brothers-in-arms through the first battle on Guadalcanal in 1942, into the rain forests of Cape Gloucester and strongholds of Peleliu, across the bloody sands of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and, finally, to their triumphant but uneasy return home.

The Pacific premieres on HBO on Sunday, March 14. Watch a preview here.

For more information, call Heather Hietala '83, director of Stewardship Programs, ext. 4186.

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