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Saving Private Ryan (1998)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, War  |  24 July 1998 (USA)
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Just after the scene where Capt. Miller "recruits" Upham for the mission, there is a short scene that shows the motor pool. For a few brief seconds, a jeep with a small trailer rolls by. If you look carefully, you can see that the jeep and trailer contain Miller and his men. The next scene shows Miller and the others walking through a meadow on foot with no vehicle in sight. This is due to the fact that the scene which shows how Miller and the men lose the jeep was deleted from the final cut. Later in the film, Miller mentions something about losing "most of their ammo". This occurred when they lost the jeep. See more »


If the oldest Ryan boy was the last to go off to boot camp, as related in James' story in Ramelle, then there was no way the 4 of the Ryan boys could have posed in uniforms for the photograph that was sitting on the shelf/furniture to the right of the door at their house, shown when their mother went to the door to meet the man from the War Dept. and the local minister. James said that night in the barn was the last time they were all together. See more »


[first lines]
Ryan's son: [running to comfort his father] Dad?
[flashback to D-Day]
LCVP pilot: [shouting out the soldiers on the raft] CLEAR THE RAMP! THIRTY SECONDS! GOD BE WITH YA!
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C'Était Une Histoire D'Amour
Written by Henri Contet & Jean Jal
Performed by Édith Piaf
Courtesy of Mercury Records, France
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This is one of the greatest movies ever made.
17 May 2000 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

To think that this movie did not win Best Picture is a crime. Director Steven Spielberg uses all of his talent and resources to give to the world the greatest war film ever made.

Though it's true that this is not the type of movie you want to sit down with the family and eat popcorn, the emotional drive of the picture, the story's poignant messages, and the fantastic acting of the cast draws you into a world that is both dangerous and unpredictable.

Spielberg is able to take you into action and make you feel as if you are a participant in the movie and not just a viewer. This is Tom Hanks' best movie he ever did. Forget his performances in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump (though they were also good); he should have received another Oscar for the role of Capt. John Miller, a leader who must act strong in front of his men, but must also hide his emotions from them. It would have been well-deserved if he won again.

I give this movie my highest recommendation. Saving Private Ryan is a movie that makes you realize how life is precious and how honor and duty, though they are deep philosophical concepts that are praised in war, can put you in jeopardy of losing your life for something you may not believe in.

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