Five Came Back

2017

Five Came Back Poster
  • Cast
  • STEVEN SPIELBERG, GUILLERMO DEL TORO, FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA, LAWRENCE KASDAN, PAUL GREENGRASS
  • Creator
  • LAURENT BOUZEREAU
  • Genre
  • DOCUMENTARY; HISTORY; WAR

Five acclaimed contemporary directors—Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Peter Greengrass, Lawrence Kasdan and Steven Spielberg—tell the story of five legendary Hollywood filmmakers—Frank Capra, John Ford, John Houston, George Stevens, and William Wyler—who enlisted in the armed forces to document World War II.

Based on the nonfiction book Five Came Back by Mark Harris, and directed by Steven Spielberg's longtime documentarian Laurent Bouzereau, the documentary is divided into three episodes, including:

The Mission Begins
As World War II begins, five of Hollywood's top directors leave success and homes behind to join the armed forces and make films for the war effort.

Combat Zones
Now in active service, each director learns his cinematic vision isn't always attainable within government bureaucracy and the variables of war.

The Price of Victory
At the war's end, the five come back to Hollywood to re-establish their careers, but what they've seen will haunt and change them forever.

The series’ narration was performed by Meryl Streep (The Post), who won an Emmy for her work.