Saving Private RyanDirector: Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore
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.
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- Original Release:
- Dreamworks Video
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Cast & Crew
|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|
|Neil Corbould||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Kevin de la Noy||Associate Producer|
|Ricky Eyres||Art Director|
|Mark Huffam||Associate Producer|
|Industrial Light & Magic||Special Effects|
|Joanna Johnston||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Ronald Judkins||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Lisa Dean Kavanaugh||Set Decoration/Design|
|Sergio Mimica-Gezzan||Asst. Director|
|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|
2. Omaha Beach.
6. A Public Relations Mission.
8. Private James Ryan.
12. Radar Station.
13. Big Mystery.
14. One Decent Thing.
16. Born Lucky.
18. The Alamo.
19. The Bridge.
20. Duty Roster.
2. Scene Index.
3. Special Features.
a. A Special Message from Steve Spielberg.
b. Theatrical Trailer.
c. Re-release Trailer.
d. Cast and Crew.
e. Production Notes.
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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.
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.
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.
This movie is so excellent. Thumb up! I give five stars.
This was really good, the action, music and acting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
It must be the best film ever, the charaters did such great job, the special affects are outstanding and the story line has every thing. Being eleven i understand the true meaning of saving private ryan, i've seen it about twenty times always left breathless and emotionally dead in the heart.
Saving Private Ryan is by far the best movie on WWII. In contrast to films like the Longest Day, this film shows the horrible realities of the liberation of France. The film gives heartrending portrayals of the bloodiest aspects of the Normandy campaign, starting at Omaha Beach on D-Day and ending with American deaths by fiendly fire defending the rivers of the Cotentin. A gripping and stunningly accurate film.
Can't describe it. I think ever single person should see this movie.
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.
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.
It showed how horriable d-day was for many of our allies and us.
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.
This is probaly the best WWII movie ever made. It is very realistic. It shows you what a soldier would see in D-Day.