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
Pvt. Jackson killing the German sniper by firing a shot through the man's scope and into his eye was based on a true incident, though not in World War II and not by a Pvt. Jackson. It was accomplished by US Marine GySgt Carlos Hathcock during the Vietnam War. Hathcock was a sniper who was being fired at by a concealed North Vietnamese Army (NVA) sniper. He finally managed to catch a glimpse of the man's sniperscope, and put a round through it, killing him. The incident pictured in this film is a tribute to Hathcock, who has been regarded as one of the US military's top snipers. See more »
When the unit finds the first Private Ryan, after he hears his brothers are dead, he leans towards his superior officer as he cries, but in the next scene he has his face buried in the officer's chest. 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 »
German television-version is heavily cut, missing most of the violence particularly during the landing-scene at the beginning of the film. 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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