We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company (2001)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Military & War  |   Release Date - Nov 10, 2001 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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We Stand Alone Together, the companion piece to HBO's critically acclaimed miniseries, Band of Brothers is a straightforward, low-key documentary, and an invaluable addition to the docudrama. It's nothing flashy. For the most part, the film consists of talking heads, as the elderly veterans of Easy Company describe their experience, and archival footage of WWII-era paratrooper units. Unfortunately, no direct connection is made between the young men shown in the old black-and-white footage and the men being interviewed. Thus, the old footage, while somewhat interesting, has a generic feel. The craggy, character-rich faces of the vets tell a more interesting story. Fans of the miniseries will appreciate getting to hear the firsthand accounts of these men, especially those, like Richard Winters, Carwood Lipton, and William Guarnere, whose experiences were dramatized in the miniseries. Guarnere in particular is a colorful character, and seeing the real man will enhance viewers' appreciation of how he was portrayed (by Frank John Hughes) in the drama. The men discuss interesting little details about things like trench digging and food rations that were overlooked on the miniseries, adding to the overall picture of what life was like for them. It's also fascinating to see Guarnere and "Babe" Heffron return as old men to the woods of Bastogne, where they suffered so much with the company, and where Guarnere lost his leg. The crack in Heffron's voice as he describes how another man took a bullet for him is as moving as anything in the series. Seeing these tough, hard old men become emotional while reminiscing about their unit -- the bond they shared and the lives lost -- really brings home the point of Band of Brothers.