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Into the Breach: 'Saving Private Ryan' (1998)


(as Christen Harty Schaefer)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Stephen Ambrose ... Himself (as Stephen E. Ambrose)
John C. Harrison ... Himself (as Judge John Harrison)
Arthur 'Dutch' Schultz ... Himself
Barney Oldfield ... Himself (as Col. Barney Oldfield)
James Colella ... Himself
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... Himself (as Capt. Dale Dye USMC Ret.)
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En la brecha: 'Salvar al soldado Ryan'  »

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Stephen Ambrose: These kids didn't want to be there. Y'know, 17, 18, 19 years old, they wanted to be shooting 22's at rabbits, not M1's at other young men. They wanted to be throwing softballs, not hand grenades. But there was an evil force loose in the world and it fell to them to have to deal with it because when the challenge came that the society said to them 'you gotta go out there and fight'... and they did.
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Not intended to be a "behind the scenes" piece.
27 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

It is my understanding that this DVD special feature was never intended to be a "behind the scenes" piece. Rather, it was produced for HBO's "First Look" and is primarily a series of interviews with soldiers who were actually there, with several of the cast members, and with Director Steven Spielberg. It is actually more insightful than most "behind the scenes" pieces I have seen and was originally a wonderful prelude to the film. Especially interesting are the interview segments with author and historian Steven Ambrose whose take on the dedication of the film's makers to create, not only a wonderfully rich story but an opening sequence that sets the standard for filmmakers who attempt to duplicate the true terror of war. In my opinion it is a valuable addition to the DVD release.

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