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
German, American and British Armies used "sticky bombs" portrayed in the movie by American Forces using their government-issued socks as bags to be filled with plastic explosive and then coated with axle grease so that it would "stick" to an enemy tank. However, real magnets were often used, and the "sock" was actually some woven fabric, when available, and rather than putting the bomb on the tracks of a tank directly, this would only disable its movement but still allow the tank to fire. The surface of a tank was often too hot to use axle grease, which was not always available, and if it was, the grease would simply melt and the bomb would slide off. Furthermore, manually placing a sticky bomb coated with grease gave away one's position as was tactically dangerous, not because the fuse might run out before it could be placed properly as shown in the movie, but because tank commanders, before engaging in battle, could see troops running from buildings or their hiding positions. Traditionally, the sticky bomb was weighted with magnets and dropped from the height of a building, where not only could the one who placed the bomb be less easily seen, but because the bomb was designed to stick on the top of the tank or turret, where its armor was the weakest, and this had the effect of sending the shock wave down through the tank, where the tank would be blown apart from the inside, killing the crew instantly. Plastic explosive was more commonly used than dynamite, as PE (Composition "B") is a fast explosive and more effective than slower-burning dynamite, which did work, but had the effect of "cooking" the enemy tank crew instead of vaporizing them. In either manner, being on the wrong end of a sticky bomb was a gruesome, horrible way to die. See more »
In the scene in Ramelle, the sniper is taking out Germans from the bell tower and saying "Be my strength" etc. He shoots two guys in quick succession on the corner of a wall. The "shot through the chest" effect goes off on the second actor but perpendicular to the direction of the shot. 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 »
Originally, when the US broadcasting rights were acquired by TNT, they were required to broadcast the film uncensored, with all violence and language intact. Although recent (2008) airings have kept all the violence and gore, at least one dubbed all uses of 'fuck' with the word 'friggin'' or 'freakin''. All broadcasts carry the "TV-MA LV" rating and carry a lead-in disclaimer after every commercial break. See also: Schindler's List. See more »
To think that this movie did not win Best Picture is a crime. Director Steven Spielberg uses all of his talent and resources to give to the world the greatest war film ever made.
Though it's true that this is not the type of movie you want to sit down with the family and eat popcorn, the emotional drive of the picture, the story's poignant messages, and the fantastic acting of the cast draws you into a world that is both dangerous and unpredictable.
Spielberg is able to take you into action and make you feel as if you are a participant in the movie and not just a viewer. This is Tom Hanks' best movie he ever did. Forget his performances in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump (though they were also good); he should have received another Oscar for the role of Capt. John Miller, a leader who must act strong in front of his men, but must also hide his emotions from them. It would have been well-deserved if he won again.
I give this movie my highest recommendation. Saving Private Ryan is a movie that makes you realize how life is precious and how honor and duty, though they are deep philosophical concepts that are praised in war, can put you in jeopardy of losing your life for something you may not believe in.
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