Saving Private Ryan

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Overview

An unflinchingly realistic and gripping tale of one American military squadron's dangerous wartime quest to find the sole remaining sibling in a family of brave soldiers, director Steven Spielberg's affecting war drama receives the deluxe treatment in this commemorative DreamWorks release. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, this release offers multiple audio options including closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Surround, and alternate French Dolby Digital 5.1 with optional English and Spanish ...
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Overview

An unflinchingly realistic and gripping tale of one American military squadron's dangerous wartime quest to find the sole remaining sibling in a family of brave soldiers, director Steven Spielberg's affecting war drama receives the deluxe treatment in this commemorative DreamWorks release. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, this release offers multiple audio options including closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Surround, and alternate French Dolby Digital 5.1 with optional English and Spanish subtitles. Released to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of D-Day, this release also features a variety of bonus materials that are sure to interest war buffs. A special introduction by Spielberg himself offers the acclaimed director's take on the film in his own words, while the featurette "Looking Into the Past" views the battle presented in the film from a historical perspective. Explore the man who leads the treacherous expedition and his troops in the "Miller and His Platoon" featurette before venturing into "Boot Camp" and watching a making-of featurette. Viewers are next swept into the past in "Re-creating Omaha Beach" before taking an audible journey into the "Music and Sound" of the film and hearing some "Parting Words" regarding this affecting, Academy Award-winning feature.
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Special Features

Director Steven Spielberg introduces the film and shares parting thoughts at the end; "Looking into the Past" featurette; "Miller and his Platoon" featurette; "Boot Camp" featurette; "Making Saving Private Ryan"; a featurette on the recreation of Omaha Beach; a featurette on the film's music and sound.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Saving Private Ryan marked another foray into World War II for Steven Spielberg, this time examining the soldiers' struggles to maintain their sense of mission even in situations that seemed to defy reason and hope. To show the carnage of the D-Day Omaha Beach landing, Spielberg used a barrage of sound and the unpolished immediacy of a hand-held camera to thrust the viewer into the conflict for a 24-minute sequence of relentless, random violence more intense than in any previous Hollywood war movie. The desaturated color further recalled WWII newsreel footage while rendering the blood a matter-of-fact part of the landscape. Adapted from an incident recorded by historian Stephen E. Ambrose, the mission to save one man after the Normandy invasion becomes a means for Capt. Miller and his troop of WWII film archetypes to debate the sacrifices of war, even a "good" war. Critically hailed for its stunningly realistic battle sequences and heartfelt performances, the film became a summertime hit despite its realistic violence and serious subject. After winning several critics' prizes, Saving Private Ryan garnered 11 Academy Award nominations and won five, including Spielberg's second Oscar for Best Director and Janusz Kaminski for Best Cinematography.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2004
  • UPC: 678149170023
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: Dreamworks Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Anniversary Edition / Wide Screen / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:49:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,720

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Hanks Capt. John Miller
Edward Burns Private Richard Reiben
Tom Sizemore Sgt. Horvath
Jeremy Davies Cpl. Upham
Vin Diesel Pvt. Caparzo
Adam Goldberg Pvt. Mellish
Barry Pepper Pvt. Jackson
Giovanni Ribisi T/4 Medic Wade
Matt Damon Pvt. James Ryan
Dennis Farina Lt. Col. Anderson
Ted Danson Capt. Hamill
Harve Presnell Gen. George Marshall
Dale Dye War Dept. Colonel
Bryan Cranston War Dept. Colonel
David Wohl War Dept. Captain
Paul Giamatti Sergeant Hill
Ryan Hurst Paratrooper Michaelson
Harrison Young Ryan as Old Man
Dylan Bruno Private Alan Toynbe
Max Martini Corporal Henderson
Technical Credits
Steven Spielberg Director, Producer
Ian Bryce Producer
Denise Chamian Casting
Neil Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
Bonnie Curtis Co-producer
Kevin de la Noy Associate Producer
Dale Dye Consultant/advisor
Ricky Eyres Art Director
Mark Gordon Producer
Mark Huffam Associate Producer
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Priscilla John Casting
Joanna Johnston Costumes/Costume Designer
Ronald Judkins Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Kahn Editor
Janusz Kaminski Cinematographer
Lisa Dean Kavanaugh Set Decoration/Design
Gary Levinsohn Producer
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan Asst. Director
Robert Rodat Screenwriter
Gary Rydstrom Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Sanders Production Designer
Chris Seagers Art Director
Allison Lyon Segan Co-producer
Tom Brown Art Director
Alan Tomkins Art Director
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Feature Film
1. Memorial [4:30]
2. Omaha Beach [9:16]
3. Rallying [5:09]
4. Breakthrough [7:55]
5. Letters [9:18]
6. A Public Relations Mission [9:34]
7. Pool [11:51]
8. Private James Ryan [7:46]
9. Choices [8:19]
10. Fubar [3:56]
11. Dog-Tags [6:22]
12. Radar Station [1:36]
13. Big Mystery [9:47]
14. One Decent Thing [11:13]
15. Piaf [12:51]
16. Born Lucky [7:49]
17. Ammo [9:45]
18. The Alamo [9:42]
19. The Bridge [5:48]
20. Duty Roster [9:55]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Feature Film
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   Scene Index
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      English 5.1 DTS Digital Surround
      English 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround
      English Subtitles
      Spanish Subtitles
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Side #2 -- Bonus Features
   Special Features
      An Introduction to the Film
      Looking Into the Past
      Miller and His Platoon
      Boot Camp
      Making Saving Private Ryan
      Re-Creating Omaha Beach
      Music and Sound
      Parting Thoughts
   Subtitles
      English
      French
      Spanish
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best WWII movies out there.

    Saving private ryan starts out at Omaha Beach, on D-Day. This movie isn't about D-Day though. It's a group of soldiers that try and go save a single paratrooper because both his brothers have died. I only gave this move a 4/5 because there is only one worthwhile fight scene. Other movies like Band Of Brothers have 5 to 6 great fight scenes. "We Were Soldiers" is also a very good Vietnam War movie. It is nearly all dedicated to the landing at X-ray. It gives you 50 minutes of fighting and shooting out of a 120 minute movie. This is a great movie and you should watch it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MOST REALISTIC WAR MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN

    This movie, without a doubt, caught me off guard the first time I saw it. The opening sequences are frightenly realistic and so are the portrayals. For anyone who doesn't like this movie, I don't hold it against you but when you say that there is no plotline and it is unrealistic, What are you talking about. This movie is loosely based on a true story about a guy who lost 2 brothers in combat but only found out that one of them died. He was then sent back home. Does that differ much from the movie? I don't think so. I think Spielberg also wanted to get across the people the brutality that is war. A good movie to watch if you are interested in history or warfare. It was way better than Pearl Harbor.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2013

    Really good

    This was really good, the action, music and acting.

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

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    Some good parts, but way overrated.

    Saving Private Ryan is without a doubt one of the most overrated films of all time. I'm certain you've heard people blabber about how its "One of the greatest war films" and such but it truly is not. For the most part the film just seems boring, I really hate to say that but that's just how it is. I first saw this film when I was Eleven years old and I remembered thinking it was really good, recently I've been going threw movies I saw a while back and watching them again to see if they live up to how I recall them Private Ryan to put it bluntly did not. The film just doesn't make sense, the idea that some Higher Up would send Eight guys to rescue one because he doesn't want the one guys Mother to be disapointed that all her sons have died is completely absurd, is it sad? yes but you gotta think people like this Higher Up were signing and overseeing thousands of letters just like this, the idea that one would just stick out to him all of a sudden is absolutely ridicolous and melodramatic. Let me correct myself I shouldn't say signing it should be just overseeing as a lot of these guys probably didn't pay much attention aside from authorization, but that raised the question how often did this happen? Were American Soldiers all over the map in WW2 getting given new missions and being pulled out from more important initiatives to save the last of a clan? I think not. Secondly, Tom Hanks captain figure is completely unrealistic he is like Jesus the epitome of goodness he has no problem risking all his mens lives to save one, he also has no problem risking their lives Two seperate times, once at the radar installation, and once they got to Ryan the Captain it seems is so dedicated to goodness he's impossible to believe, that being said Tom Hanks portrays him well. I also like how the Sissy translator sits on the stairs listening to his teammate being killed when he could have saved his life, and then later he kills the Nazi who did it once he's already surrendered, oooohhh he's tough, not that I wouldn't kill the guy to but I probably would've done it earlier, like you know when he was killing my buddy. That being said the film does have some good sequences like the famous D-Day part at the beginning or the Battle sequence at the end or the meditative "Earn this" and the subsequent old man wondering if he has indeed earned it. I certainly hope that poor man did because this film didn't earn the heaps of praise piled upon it - CM

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

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    amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Saving Private Ryan

    After the D-Day invasion of Omaha Beach, Ranger Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) is tasked to put together a platoon of his choosing and find a paratrooper from the 101st Airbourne named Private James Ryan. With the platoon of his choosing (Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Giovanni Ribisi, and Jeremy Davies) sets off in treachorous wartime France to find Private Ryan amongst a field of full of enemies and a split up 101st Airbourne.

    World War I is often considering "The Great War" or "The War to End All Wars," but few military conflicts have caught the hearts and minds of the American, and the world, consciousness the way that World War II has. For the first time during a war, films were made about the war as early as 1939. Some of the greatest war films and TV series have been based on World War 2 from The Sands of Iwo Jima to Flags of Fathers to Band of Brothers. At the end of the 20th century, with a career full of highly critically and commercially successful hits under his belt, Steven Spielberg took another turn at the war film (following 1979's 1941) with Saving Private Ryan.

    Saving Private Ryan is arguably the greatest war film ever made. The opening thirty minutes of the D-Day invasion is possibly the greatest scene ever committed to celluloid. But it's not just the harrowing scenes of war time that make this movie so great, it's the character building, the camaraderie between the soldiers, the devotion to duty, and the bravery of these men in combat. This movie truly depicts why World War 2 soldiers were possibly the greatest soldiers in US history.

    One of the great things about the casting in Saving Private Ryan is the fact that they chose actors that look like everyday men rather than picking men that look like action heroes, and because of that the acting in this movie is amazing. Tom Hanks gives a wonderfully authoritative and still understated performance as Capt. John Miller. Vin Diesel hasn't been this good since, and Barry Pepper as is sensational as religious sniper Pvt. Daniel Jackson. Even Jeremy Davies as the green Cpl. Upham makes you feel for his character despite his very obvious flaws as a soldier.

    The one thing that drags this movie down though is Spielberg's slavish devotion to sentimentality. The bookends to the film are completely unneeded and drags down what is otherwise an utterly great movie. Don't get me wrong, a former soldier's sentimentality for the one's who died to save him has it's place, I just feel as though that should have been more reserved for the former soldiers watching this movie remembering those who died with and for them then on the screen in this movie. Rather, the movie should have just been devoted to remembering the bravery and camaraderie of the men who fought in the war.

    Overall, though, in the scheme of things, despite the minor flaw that I have with this movie, it is definitely still the greatest movie in my mind dedicated to the men who have served our country. I don't just recommend this movie, if you haven't seen this you need to watch it, and now that it's out on Blu-Ray this is the perfect time to pick up this movie and watch it, or to watch it again.

    4.5/5

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I have given some movies high praise, but i view Saving Private Ryan as the greatest film ever made. The characters are all developed and portrayed perfectly. This movie is too good for a thorough review. If you haven't seen it you should not only go see it, but also be ashamed of yourself for not having already seen it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TERRIBLE EDITION

    WHEN YOU LISTEN TO TOM HANKS SPEAKING AND WATCH THERE ARE @ 2-3 SECONDS GAP.
    VERY SAD INDEED.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent

    Great movie about the realities of war (not that I can tell you first hand).

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great war movie

    I thought this movie was excellent. Steven Spielberg really makes you believe you're on the battle field in Omaha Beach! The acting was excellent, and the movie was so damn realistic. Not a recommendation for someone who doesn't like slight gore. Overall a pretty good war movie and I think it's a must see.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Bloated

    If you could judge Saving Private Ryan just from the opening Omaha Beach scene, this movie would be five stars all the way. But after a fantastic opening, the movie drips out a stomach-churningly simple story that doesn't say too much but what tons of other war movies already tell us: War is Hell. Great performances by Barry Pepper, Giovanni Ribisi, Tom Hanks, Jeremy Davies, and even Vin Diesel and tons of "guest-stars" make for a who's who of Hollywood celebs, and the atmosphere is more real than most moviemakers could do. This is Spielberg's strength, to make us feel like we're really there, while we watch his convenient, cliched, bloated, practically unbelievable film.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Astonishing

    I don't think war has ever been broadcast in such a hellish and realistic way as Saving Private Ryan. The opening sequence of that movie was like nothing I had ever seen before or will ever see again probably, I guess. As everybody knows, there is no Steven Spielbergs around. Tom Hanks was terrific in it and I can't recognize this film more, including the underrated performance of Matt Damon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Winner

    This is one movie that will stay on your mind, long after you finished watching it. It contains heart touching,and harsh scenes that gives an idea what it was like during World War 2. It captures the moment, the tension, the drama. The best War Movie I've seen in years. Steven, another winner, you did it again. I truly recommend this movie, you'll love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Powerful and Unforgetable Experience

    Saving Private Ryan is, without a doubt, the most influential movie I have ever seen. After watching this movie, it will be on your mind for a while afterwards. It is the moving story of a group of soldiers whose assighnment is to go behind enemy lines to bring a soldier, Private Ryan, home to his mother who has already lost all of her other sons in the war. The group at first does not understand the importance of their assighnment, and resents having to risk their lives for one soldier. But as their journey progresses, they slowly begin to realize how meaningful their mission really is. A part of me wanted to give this movie only four stars due to the shocking amount of realistically graphic images of war. And when I say realistic, that's exactly what I mean. This movie is about as close as you can possibly get to reality, according to veterans who have seen this movie, and the opening D-Day scene is so greusome it will leave you momentarily stunned and struck dumb by what you have just witnessed. I cannot stress enough how this movie is not to be watched lightly. However, despite this factor, I concluded that this is part of what makes it such an influential movie and went ahead and gave it five stars. This was an overall fantastic movie with great acting as well, especially by Tom Hanks and Matt Damon!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great action movie, and that's about it...

    There is nobody I know what hasn't seen this movie, and for plenty of reasons: It's got fantastic special effects, the battle scenes are severely, almost frighteningly realistic, there are plenty of photogenic and well-known faces like Tom Hanks or Matt Damon...and of course, it's by Spielberg. There is no doubt about it: This is one of the best war films ever made. If you really want to see the gore of battle without going to war yourself, I guess this is the way to do it. And if you have an important football or basketball game the next day, this is the movie to watch to pump you up. If, on the other hand, you want a thoughtful, intellectual film about the tragic 6,000 year old habit of Humankind that we call "War" then this is not the film for you. Does SPR really tell us anything about war itself? No. It shows a sequence of events very realistically, but nothing about the human condition. In this sense it's almost more of a documentary, an objective presentation of facts than it is a movie with a message. To some extent this is typical of Spielberg in general--"Schindler's List" was more like a documentary, whereas Roberto Benigni's "Life Is Beautiful" or Roman Polanski's "The Pianist" were more of the introspective, thoughtful, tragic genre. But this "documentary" quality of SPR is deceptive. For one thing, it is not entirely historically accurate: There was no Private Ryan, and there was never a team sent out to go rescue someone. And for another thing, there are moments in the film where it's obvious that Spielberg was feeling particularly patriotic when he shot this--there's a speech by a captain, there's a scene in a cemetery, and on, and on, and on. Final thought: This movie does little to portray the cost of war in terms of human suffering. Yes, you do see lots of blood and gore and men screaming and clearly in pain--BUT in the end, the living live their lives, the dead are worshipped as heroes (as indeed they deserve to be). There is no middle ground. Except for one scene right after an intense action sequence, you don't catch the psychological burden that men at war often carry with them for the rest of their lives. You don't see the battles they fight inside their minds about all the paradoxes of war--what it means to kill a man, what it means to fight for one cause or another, why people fight wars in the first place, and, of course, you never see the soldiers in SPR being afraid. If you want a fascinating treatment of things like this, go buy "The Deer Hunter" or "The Thin Red Line." All in all, though, Saving Private Ryan is an excellent film and I heartily recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    History OK ... But Message A-1

    Any viewers that criticize Saving Private Ryan(SPR)have seriously misinterpreted Spielberg's intention. The movie is not called 'D-Day' and is not meant to serve as an absolutely accurate depiction of the events, as though modern cameras had been present there. Even so, any but the most jaded and picky historian will appreciate Spielberg's efforts at authenticity. SPR is a deeply probing investigation into why we go to war, the costs and the benefits. If Spielberg is incorrect on the minutae, it is because he structures his movie to give the viewer some small sense of what it felt like to be there. If you asked most grunts for an estimate of the casualty rate after an hour on the beach, would they say 11.5%? Of course not. In this movie as in no other I have ever seen ... and that is thousands ... Spielberg shows how hard it is for men to go to war, the integrity we hope most of them carry to the battlefield, and most importantly what those of us who have not had to make such choices owe to those who did. SPR tops the must-see list of war movies, and is among the best movies ever made.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding picture!

    This is a wonderful World War II epic! Veterans of D-Day including my Grandpa were very touched by this film. So ignore the supposed 'historically inaccurate' reviews' by people who only think they know history. Spielberg did his research (as he always does) when he made Ryan. Sure every nip and tuck detail may not be covered but it portrayed the horror and tragedy of war in grand awe inspiring detail. Just ask my Grandpa! He was there. The only 'slight' fault I felt the movie had was the very end... no words were needed... just a staring older Ryan with tears in his eyes... better than words for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A question posed.

    I give this movie only 4 stars simply because I found the story contrived. But I pose a question to our history buffs: Do you have all YOUR facts straight? Keeping in mind this is a MOVIE and not gospel. The landings depicted in the beginning of this film are accurate enough to veterans of that moment as to make them cry. And as a HISTORIAN who has had the pleasure of talking to many of them I find that hard to argue with. Movies like this are to be enjoyed and digested. It helps us to remember what was done for us by men who fought every level of horror on that day. Leave the dissecting to the critics. It's what they are paid for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dissapointing, for all the hype i recieved from this film

    When I first was able to watch this film I almost fell into an utter applasue. Not only had the film truly brought out the meaning of war but it had brought out the closest feel of what war was like. Well at least closer than any other war movie made before. But then around two weeks ago I was able to purchase this film on Limited Edition DVD. When I rewatched the film I found that after I got past D-Day and the realism that it brought there was no strong plotline left to support this film. Even though Private Ryan had three brothers die in arms in the same war along with him this (in my opinion) did not give a strong enough reason to send the Private back home to his mother. I mean look, he was fighting in the last great world war and had entered deeply behing enemy lines and now they want to risk the life of eight men to go out and find one man. No offense to Steven Spieldberg but i've never heard of something like that to ever take place in a real down to earth not caught on film war. But if you have please right a review on this movie stating the factual information on this and where you found the information from. That would make my day and I would then rewrite my review and give the film five stars the highest rating available. But until then I'm staying with 2 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unintentionally hilarious bad history

    As a student of the Omaha Beach landings, I found that Saving Private Ryan was totally inaccurate, for the following reasons: 1) the assaulting troops, even during the early period portrayed in the film (the main waves of the 16th and 116th RCTS) did not experience, as a whole, anywhere near the casualty rates implied in Ryan. The rate was, in fact, approx 11 1/2 percent casualties during that period (dead, wounded, captured, missing), a far cry from that depicted in Ryan. While there certainly were boat sections that took very heavy casualties, they were in the minority during that period, as is obvious from the casualty figures. Unknown to the audience is the landings of the entire 5th Ranger Battalion only a few hundred yards east of Miller's group , landing with trivial casualties (5 of 475 men). The company portrayed by Miller's group (68 men) made the mistake of not following Schneider's boats (5th BTN)to the east. The price they paid for their mistake was high - about 50% casualties. Nor did troops scale cliffs in moving to the tops of the slopes - they WALKED up the slopes, and seldom sustained casualties during the movement to the tops of the bluffs. The rest of the plot is almost hilariously stupid - sending a small squad to move thru enemy lines (something battalion sized groups were unable to accomplish) to find some guy in a 100 square mile area, when the 4th Div was already in contact with the 101st on day 1 and had radio contact with most of their units. That was the most transparent attempt I've yet seen to get a film's hero involved in more combat action. Spielberg plays on the ignorance of the audience to produce another one of his big, enormous, but in the end, shoddy pieces of work. If you want to learn about Omaha Beach, read a history and learn something. You won't get anything of value from this film.

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