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SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998)
While American troops storm and die in appalling numbers on the beaches of Normandy in 1944, three Ryan brothers perish on the battlefield in one day, and a fourth is trapped behind enemy lines. High Command assigns Ranger captain Tom Hanks and seven men the dangerous task of infiltrating German-held territory, finding the boy, and bringing him home. Steven Spielberg's harrowing opening scenes at Omaha Beach depict the violence and absolute terror of combat better than perhaps any other war movie ever made, and earned him a Best Director nod in 1998. Superb ensemble acting by Hanks, Vin Diesel, Tom Sizemore, Jeremy Davies, and Barry Pepper help make this movie one of Spielberg's finest.
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN was nominated for the Best Picture award. Winner of 5 Academy Awards (Best Director, Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound, and Sound Editing).
Received Golden Globes for Best Picture and Best Director.
With this film, director Steven Spielberg created the best war movie ever.
"In the Last Great Invasion of the Last Great War, The Greatest Challenge for Eight Men was Saving... One."
We follow Captain John Miller and his squad as they land on the D-Day beaches and fight their way off the bloody beach. Then from the top brass, Captain Miller and his survivors get orders to search for and rescue one loan private who is somewhere behind enemy lines, because he is the last male in his family, as all his brothers have been killed in the line of duty.
With this film, Director Steven Spielberg inspires a strong sense of patriotism in one of the best war movies ever, which also educates ignorant-of-their-past generations of Americans of what their grandparents went through. It acknowledges and thanks the older men for their service and courage.
This film is a must for the open-minded and warm-hearted American viewer. After each viewing of this "the greatest war movie ever made" the audience feels a strong sense of patriotism, pride in America. Special thanks go to all WW2 vets.
Once again Tom Hanks gives an unforgettable performance, as Captain John H. Miller.
The entire supporting class is top notch; including Matt Damon who plays the young Private Ryan.
Fans of the 1960's television series "Combat" will enjoy this classic war movie. Favorite scenes include: the brutally realistic D-Day battle sequence (which makes you feel like you are there) and the battle to save the little bridge.
Robert Rodat gets credit for a powerful script for this fictional historical drama. Composer John Williams gets kudos for a wonderful score.
Rated R (for realistic violence - not recommended for children or pre-teens, or some people who have experienced D- Day, or even battle itself. Some soldiers have suffered from flashbacks to their own experience, after watching the battle scenes.)