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
Steamboat Willie is the man seen catching and throwing back a grenade hurled at him by American troops during the defense of the bunker, and also since he only carries rifle ammunition pouches (rather than a machine gunner's webbing featuring a pistol and other pouches) he was certainly not the man who killed medic Irwin Wade. During the grenade fight he is seen wearing a Stahlhelm and a neck-toque of some kind. See more »
When the tank comes over the bridge, there's a helmet is lying beside Captain Miller's leg. In the next shot, the helmet is flipped over. See more »
[running to comfort his father]
[flashback to D-Day]
[shouting out the soldiers on the raft]
CLEAR THE RAMP! THIRTY SECONDS! GOD BE WITH YA!
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The DreamWorks and Paramount logos play in complete silence. See more »
On one of the Pay-per-view showings, several lines are cut. When the squad is going through the dogtags, Reiben notices many Italian-American soldiers and says "I swear all the guineas are gettin it," that line is was cut. Also, in the scene where Ryan tells Miller about his brothers in the barn, is cut. However on the next airing these scenes were not cut. See more »
Fictional yes but combat authenticity was genuinely real.
21 years ago this movie was released and I finally watched it in 2019. I really struggled to watch and I cried and I wept through most of the movie. I did two tours in Nam. This movie was like being back in country. I will never watch it again. It's just eats my guts out.
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