Band of Brothers: Points (2001)

Genres - War  |   Sub-Genres - War Drama, Docudrama  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In the tenth and final episode of HBO's critically acclaimed WWII miniseries Band of Brothers, Easy Company enters the Bavarian town of Berchtesgaden, once home to Hitler's top officers. They find the town deserted and rush on to capture Hitler's famed "Eagle's Nest" before the French can get there. Here they learn of the German army's surrender. Amid the celebrations, Winters (Damian Lewis) brings his alcoholic friend Nixon (Ron Livingston) to Herman Goring's house, where he presents a "gift" of Goring's impressive liquor collection. The company moves on to Austria, where they learn that those without enough "points," awarded for combat experience, will be sent to fight in the Pacific. Despite all that they've been through, few of the men are eligible to go home. Winters and Nixon request an immediate transfer to a unit that is going to the Pacific, but they are denied. "I think your men have earned the right to keep you around," the commander tells Winters. Winters continues to work to keep the men of his company out of harm's way. Meanwhile, the troops are restless. Liebgott (Ross McCall) takes Webster (Eion Bailey) to the home of a man he believes was a labor camp commandant. Despite Webster's concern about Liebgott's lack of proof, when the man tries to escape, he is killed. As the occupation of Zell Am See, Austria continues, one member of the company is killed in a car accident and another is shot in the head by a drunken soldier from another company. As Winters explains in his narration, "They didn't have the points. What they did have were weapons, alcohol, and too much time on their hands." But the series ends with the happy news that the Japanese have surrendered, and the surviving men of Easy Company can return home.

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commander, courage, D-Day, military, squadron, war