No one does misty-eyed reverence for the bravery and sacrifices of American soldiers in World War II like Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.
The Academy Award-winning actor and director teamed up in 1998 to make "Saving Private Ryan", the story of a group of U.S. soldiers who go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper (Matt Damon) whose brothers have been killed in action. Three years later, they collaborated as co-executive producers with Gary Goetzman to make "Band of Brothers," the HBO miniseries about a U.S. Army company of paratroopers and its WWII mission in Europe.
Tonight marks the premiere of their latest World War II project: "The Pacific," an HBO miniseries tracking the real-life journeys of three Marines across the Pacific Theater (9 p.m. Sunday, March 14, HBO). While the 10-part series mirrors the previous films in its depictions of battlefield heroism and the physical toll of war, it also goes one step further.