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
Private Daniel Jackson kisses a Christian cross before going into battle. Nathan Fillion, who plays the "wrong" Private Ryan, later played Captain Malcolm Reynolds in Firefly (2002), a war veteran who did the same thing. But when his side lost the war, he also lost his faith in God. See more »
In the movie, you'll notice that all member from the 101st Airborne Division have an Ace of Spades on their helmet. During WWII, the only members from the 101st with an Ace of Spades on their helmet were those part of the 506th Regiment. The other Regiments in that division painted different card symbols on their helmets. We know that not every member of the 101st in the movie is from the 506th Regiment, because at one point, early in the film, Captain Miller and his men stop to talk to a member of the 506th Regiment as that was Ryan's regiment too. The fact that Captain Miller has been told to talk to this specific soldier, because he's from the 506th, implies that most, if not all, of the other men around the town are from separate regiments, yet they all have the Ace of Spades on their helmet.
Towards the end of the film, when Captain Miller meets Corporal Henderson, he states that he is from the 501st Regiment, yet he has an Ace of Spades on his helmet as well, instead of a Diamond, which would be the correct symbol for a member from the 501st. 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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There are no opening credits after the title is shown. See more »
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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