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Saving Private Ryan (1998)

R | | 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.


Steven Spielberg


Robert Rodat
180 ( 84)
Top Rated Movies #26 | Won 5 Oscars. Another 74 wins & 75 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Captain Miller
Tom Sizemore ... Sergeant Horvath
Edward Burns ... Private Reiben
Barry Pepper ... Private Jackson
Adam Goldberg ... Private Mellish
Vin Diesel ... Private Caparzo
Giovanni Ribisi ... T-4 Medic Wade
Jeremy Davies ... Corporal Upham
Matt Damon ... Private Ryan
Ted Danson ... Captain Hamill
Paul Giamatti ... Sergeant Hill
Dennis Farina ... Lieutenant Colonel Anderson
Joerg Stadler Joerg Stadler ... Steamboat Willie
Max Martini ... Corporal Henderson (as Maximilian Martini)
Dylan Bruno ... Toynbe


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


The mission is a man. See more »


Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Dale Dye has a cameo where he talks about how the 101st Airborne has been scattered across Normandy. This is slightly hilarious as of Dye's role in Band of Brothers (2001), which covers the exploits of Easy Company in the 101st. See more »


In the last battle Miller, Rieben and Ryan are crouching in a ditch, waiting for the tiger tanks to come. Millers' Thompson m1a1 changes to m1928 for about 4 seconds. You can see from the sight at the back. 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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Crazy Credits

The DreamWorks and Paramount logos play in complete silence. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the German-dubbed version of the movie, they were unsure how to distinguish dialog between the German and the American soldiers, since they would all be speaking German. In the end, they decided to address all the American soldiers by their English titles, such as "Sergeant" and "Captain". See more »


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C'était une Histoire d'Amour
Music by Jean Jal
Lyrics by Henri Contet
Performed by Édith Piaf
Courtesy of Mercury Records, France
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Music
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The only movie my grandfather couldn't finish
11 October 2018 | by keving4241See all my reviews

My grandfather fought in WW2 somehow surviving D-Day. He was apart of Operation Neptune and stormed the beaches of Normandy. He told us a lot of war stories but rarely ever spoke about that day. Before he passed away he did an interview with a local newspaper and detailed what he saw despite it being very difficult for him to speak about. He loved watching war movies... not sure exactly why. Some about that soldier life never really leaves them I guess. He absolutely hated Pearl Harbor cause of the horrible way they portray the military to be a bunch of toothbrush wielding babies who don't know what to do in the event of being attacked. He had a friend stationed there who lost his life and thinks that movie is a disgusting display of ignorance. Soldiers don't take girlfriends on private plane rides. And they most definitely know how to swim. Maybe I'll give that movie a good ripping one day.

But Saving Private Ryan was a respectable "I can't watch this" reaction. He said no movie has come that close to capturing what that day was like. He said it was too realistic. Whether or not the story is based on real or fiction, that intro was 100% realistic. I'm not sure if he ever did finish watching it but he appreciated it for capturing that chaos like no other movie has before. I watched the movie a dozen times now and keep it in my collection as a reminder of my grandfather. A scene he was technically in. Which makes me appreciate how strong of a person he really is.

War is hell and this movie not only shows that while being an entertaining experience but also captured what soldiers are left behind with. My grandfather was not afraid of anything. I've seen this man walk into a cellar full of black widows to get firewood and not even shake them off. The only time he ever experienced fear was when he went to bed. His nightmares of his time during the war would haunt him in his sleep. This movie helped me understand why.

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Release Date:

24 July 1998 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Calvados, France See more »


Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,576,104, 26 July 1998

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1.85 : 1
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