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Saving Private Ryan (1998)

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Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.



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Opening with the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944, members of the 2nd Ranger Battalion under Cpt. Miller fight ashore to secure a beachhead. Amidst the fighting, two brothers are killed in action. Earlier in New Guinea, a third brother is KIA. Their mother, Mrs. Ryan, is to receive all three of the grave telegrams on the same day. The United States Army Chief of Staff, George C. Marshall, is given an opportunity to alleviate some of her grief when he learns of a fourth brother, Private James Ryan, and decides to send out 8 men (Cpt. Miller and select members from 2nd Rangers) to find him and bring him back home to his mother... Written by J.Zelman

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In the Last Great Invasion of the Last Great War, The Greatest Danger for Eight Men was Saving... One. See more »


Action | Drama | War

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Rated R for intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 July 1998 (USA)  »

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Rescatando al soldado Ryan  »

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$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,576,104 (USA) (24 July 1998)


$216,119,491 (USA) (21 May 1999)

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Upham's shoulder patch, a blue and grey "yin yang" symbol, identifies him as a member of the 29th US infantry division. It symbolizes the fact that the division was composed of units from Virginia and Maryland, who fought on both sides of the American Civil War. See more »


During the Normandy invasion, Captain Miller is in water that looks as if it is high tide, and other scenes it is low tide. See more »


[first lines]
Ryan's son: [running to comfort his father] Dad?
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Performed by Édith Piaf
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By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Music
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17 November 1999 | by (Strongsville, Ohio) – See all my reviews

I have never been affected by a movie the way Saving Private Ryan affected me. That movie really took me out of my seat in the movie theater and practically had me believing I was really in the battle with John Miller. When somebody was dying in that movie, it felt as if you could almost feel their pain. Speilberg did an unbelievable job of putting realism into this movie with the camera-work and everything else. Simply amazing. An all time great.

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