Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan

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Director: Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore

Cast: Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore

     
 

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Steven Spielberg directed this powerful, realistic re-creation of WWII's D-day invasion and the immediate aftermath. The story opens with a prologue in which a veteran brings his family to the American cemetery at Normandy, and a flashback then joins Capt. John Miller (Tom Hanks) and GIs in a landing craft making the June 6, 1944, approach to Omaha Beach to face

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Steven Spielberg directed this powerful, realistic re-creation of WWII's D-day invasion and the immediate aftermath. The story opens with a prologue in which a veteran brings his family to the American cemetery at Normandy, and a flashback then joins Capt. John Miller (Tom Hanks) and GIs in a landing craft making the June 6, 1944, approach to Omaha Beach to face devastating German artillery fire. This mass slaughter of American soldiers is depicted in a compelling, unforgettable 24-minute sequence. Miller's men slowly move forward to finally take a concrete pillbox. On the beach littered with bodies is one with the name "Ryan" stenciled on his backpack. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George C. Marshall (Harve Presnell), learning that three Ryan brothers from the same family have all been killed in a single week, requests that the surviving brother, Pvt. James Ryan (Matt Damon), be located and brought back to the United States. Capt. Miller gets the assignment, and he chooses a translator, Cpl. Upham (Jeremy Davis), skilled in language but not in combat, to join his squad of right-hand man Sgt. Horvath (Tom Sizemore), plus privates Mellish (Adam Goldberg), Medic Wade (Giovanni Ribisi), cynical Reiben (Edward Burns) from Brooklyn, Italian-American Caparzo (Vin Diesel), and religious Southerner Jackson (Barry Pepper), an ace sharpshooter who calls on the Lord while taking aim. Having previously experienced action in Italy and North Africa, the close-knit squad sets out through areas still thick with Nazis. After they lose one man in a skirmish at a bombed village, some in the group begin to question the logic of losing more lives to save a single soldier. The film's historical consultant is Stephen E. Ambrose, and the incident is based on a true occurance in Ambrose's 1994 bestseller D-Day: June 6, 1944.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ben Wolf
Steven Spielberg's 1998 film Saving Private Ryan instantly took its place in the pantheon of great war movies by setting a new standard for its shockingly realistic D-Day sequences -- scenes that redefined the graphic depiction of film violence. When a platoon, led by Tom Hanks, receives orders to rescue the title character (Matt Damon) from behind enemy lines, the value of a life is questioned. Can Ryan be worth the potential sacrifice of eight men? Spielberg put his young actors through a modified boot camp, and their harrowing real-life experience informs their portrayals. Tom Sizemore (one of the many psychos in Natural Born Killers) displays great humanity as Sergeant Horvath, while Giovanni Ribisi and Barry Pepper turn in career-making performances as a medic and a sniper. Through it all, Spielberg's remarkable, unfussy technique keeps the narrative's preachiness from overwhelming the film. He and Academy Award-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski always place the camera in exactly the right perspective to the action, providing even the quiet moments with great power. Squeamish viewers be forewarned: The violence here is truly brutal. But that is part of Spielberg's point: War is hell. Or, as Hanks puts it: "Every time I kill somebody, I get farther away from home."
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/02/2010
UPC:
0032429078483
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Dreamworks Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:49:00

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

Scene Index

1. Memorial.
2. Omaha Beach.
3. Rallying.
4. Breakthrough.
5. Letters.
6. A Public Relations Mission.
7. Pool.
8. Private James Ryan.
9. Choices.
10. Fubar.
11. Dog-Tags.
12. Radar Station.
13. Big Mystery.
14. One Decent Thing.
15. Piaf.
16. Born Lucky.
17. Ammo.
18. The Alamo.
19. The Bridge.
20. Duty Roster.

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Saving Private Ryan 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 83 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
kenKV More than 1 year ago
This movie is so excellent.  Thumb up!  I give five stars.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This was really good, the action, music and acting.
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InsaneCrazedJuggalo More than 1 year ago
amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie has the most brutal and graphic violence you are likely to ever see. If you have any question of whether war is inhuman, see this movie to set yourself straight. It chronicles several strangers, forced to waste their lives on a pointless mission. We see how brutal and fruitless war is. The movie shows us good people and bad people (in predictable roles on both sides of the fighting). The direction and filmography are similar to Band of Brothers (for obvious reason). It is technically and visually excellent. The failing of the movie, I believe, is that it can't compare to The Thin Red Line in terms of message(both came out the same year). Although clearly showing that ''war is bad,'' Ryan fails to show us the underlying cause (people, even good people, are corrupt and inhuman). We see bad people do bad things, and good people do good things in this movie. See the Thin Red Line, and feel that not only is war bad, but humanity in general is brutish and terrible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it shows a perfect portrayment of realism the war and shooting is perfect.It looks very real its about a group of friends who get to fight in the war and become close. The german- american finally gets courage to attack barry peppers it a great actor and a great aimer with the sniper it is sad how he gets killed it a anaction packed thrilling move you got to see it you will be amazed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this movie was the best D-Day films made! I have seen this movie 14 times now and still i think that all the historical facts are right. I think all of the actors did a really good job and the movie will always be the best in my mind!
tito More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is an honest portrayal of the D-Day landing and the extraordinary sacrifices made by by everyday men. Speilberg's filming technique on this movie, makes you feel like you were there (and glad you were not.) The depiction of the landing on Normandy Beach is one the most intense battle scenes I have ever seen. Spielberg has not only paid a deserving tribute to the veterans of World War II, he has also produced an excellent anti-war film that shows the true horro of warfare. There was nothing romantic about going to war. I feel he captured what it was like to invade the beaches on June 6th.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film portrays the realistic matters of war. The bloody masacur of many faceless men may seem far fetched in the way spielberg portrays their deaths, but to ask a real soldier if it was a likeness of war, he would tell you...not even close. meaning that war was far worse and no matter how hard could never be told to you only experienced.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WHEN YOU LISTEN TO TOM HANKS SPEAKING AND WATCH THERE ARE @ 2-3 SECONDS GAP. VERY SAD INDEED.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is probaly the best WWII movie ever made. It is very realistic. It shows you what a soldier would see in D-Day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It showed how horriable d-day was for many of our allies and us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the greatest Movie dipicting The Second World war At it's greatest. It's has everything. Great battle sceens My favorite sceens Memorial And Omaha Beach it's about Saving the life of a friend brother. And loss of a loved one. The heartbreaking sceen realy touched When the soldiers fond the missing soldier James Francis Ryan (Matt Damon) when Tom Hanks Told Ryan that his brothers where Killed in battle. I felt like crying. This is the best performace of Tom hanks. and Best Movie From Steven Speilburg. If you Love war and action movies this is for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i take my hat of to steven spielberg for such a heart breaking story of what realy happened that day, and the hardships that was endured by the brave heroes who fought that day for our freedom. i have watched the movie many times and it still touches me deep inside.
OhRyan More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story is about 8 army rangers who go looking for a 101 airborne comrad right after D-Day. I would recomend it for anyone who loves We Were Soldiers, Platoon, Black Hawk Down, and Band Of Brothers.