Play Now Band of Brothers Season 1 Episode 7 “The Breaking Point”
Easy Company battles near Foy, Belgium, losing numerous men. The episode examines and questions the actions of 1st Lieutenant Norman Dike, the Company’s commander. He is eventually relieved by 1st Lieutenant Ronald Speirs, who becomes the Company’s new leader. Serving as narrator is First Sergeant Carwood Lipton, who attempts to keep up the morale of the men as they endure their trials in the forest near Foy, earning him a battlefield promotion to 2nd Lieutenant for his leadership ability.
Easy Company remains in the Ardennes Forest preparing for an inevitable attack on German forces in the town of Foy. However, morale is low due to cold weather, constant shelling, poor leadership, and numerous casualties.
Easy Company is still in the Ardennes forest but the Germans are in retreat. The men are cold and living in foxholes knowing that they will likely be ordered to try and take the town. The Germans have been pushed back to the town of Foy but they are well positioned and have heavy artillery. Their artillery barrages take a heavy toll and several of the veterans of Easy Company are severely wounded including Bill Guarnere and Joe Toye. Those injuries have a particularly heavy impact on their good friend, Lt. Buck Compton. When the attack does come, Easy Company is led by the ineffectual Lt. Dike who makes several tactical errors leading to unnecessary casualties. Capt. Winters, who is observing the battle would like nothing better than to rush into battle to lead his old Company but cannot. In the end, he orders Lt. Speirs to take command of the attack.
Creators: Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg
Director: Phil Alden Robinson, Richard Loncraine, Mikael Salomon
Star Cast: Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Donnie Wahlberg, Scott Grimes, Kirk Acevedo, Michael Cudlitz, Dale Dye, Rick Gomez, Frank John Hughes, James Madio, Neal McDonough, Rene L. Moreno, Matthew Settle, Douglas Spain, Richard Speight Jr., Eion Bailey, Ross McCall, Rick Warden, Marc Warren, Dexter Fletcher, Colin Hanks, David Schwimmer, Shane Taylor
Producer (s): Gary Goetzman, Tony To, Erik Bork, Erik Jendresen, Stephen E. Ambrose, Mary Richards
Cinematographer: Remi Adefarasin, Joel J. Ransom
Music: Michael Kamen
Production House: Playtone, DreamWorks Television, HBO Entertainment,
Original network / Official Sites: HBO Enterprises, Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release Year: 14 October 2001 (USA)
Runtime: 73 min
Genres: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Language: English, Dutch, French, German, Lithuanian
The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord, through V-J Day.