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Saving Private Ryan (1998)

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Steven Speilberg

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On February 2, 2007
Last modified:October 4, 2012

Summary:

There are your standard-issue war movies. And then there are epic masterpieces such as Saving Private Ryan which should be the gold standard to measure all others against.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Earn this.

There are your standard-issue war movies.  And then there are epic masterpieces such as Saving Private Ryan which should be the gold standard to measure all others against.

It is primarily the story of Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) and his squad of soldiers as they survive the hellish D-Day invasion, and are tasked with the mission of bringing one Private James Ryan home, as his three other brothers had been KIA in the war to date.

In true war-movie fashion, Private Ryan is more-or-less episodic in nature, with each episode illustrating the war (and war in general) in various lights, none of them particularly pleasant.

Sure its a bit on the bloody and dirty side.  It has to be.  That's how it is.  And, yes, it does get a bit cliched at times, but I don't think it can be helped.

Of great importance also is the side-story role of Corporal Upham, the idealist office-boy translator who learns a hard lesson about the truth of war.

However, all that being said, the true "meaning" of Private Ryan is not any of that.  We should *all* put ourselves in the shoes of the young Private Ryan, as Captain Miller utters his dying words, "Earn this."  We should all remember that message....

That ordinary people were (and continue to be) called upon to perform extraordinary and terrible duties for the greater good of all of us.

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Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Edward Burns. An explosive WWII drama in which Private James Ryan becomes the object of a desperate and dangerous rescue mission in war-torn Germany after authorities learn his three other brothers already have been killed in combat...

DVD Information

Binding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Brand: PARAMOUNT - UNI DIST CORP
Manufacturer: Dreamworks Video
Original Release Date:
Actors:
  • Tom Hanks
  • Matt Damon
  • Tom Sizemore
  • Edward Burns
  • Barry Pepper

Features

  • GIFT SET
  • Run Time: 169
  • Release Date: 1/11/2005
  • R

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5.0 out of 5 stars Saving Private Ryan: D-Day 60th Anniversary Commemorative Edition, May 26, 2016
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Saving Private Ryan is one of my favorite movies to watch around Memorial Day and Veterans Day, as I think it's the best movie that makes me understand the value of sacrifice and brotherhood between members of the Armed Forces in times of war. On D-Day, Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) is assigned, with a small platoon unit, to rescue Private James Ryan (Matt Damon) and bring him home safe and sound. Throughout this quest, the characters have to face the evil Nazi soldiers, concluding in an epic fight at the end of the movie.

This special edition, published for the 60th anniversary commemoration of D-Day, comes with 2 discs. The first disc includes the movie and its theatrical trailer. The second disc presents new materials made especially for this edition, including:
- An inside look with the filmmakers
- Looking into the past: the research, the screenplay and the vision
- The making of a platoon
- Boot camp for the cast
- Re-creating D-Day: Omaha... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Experience of War., August 18, 2013
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This film in my opinion, must be considered one of the great films about WW11. Along with the Band of Brothers film, and the Pacific film. This film shows the brutality and senselessness of war. The pointless carnage, the incredible waste of resources. But in my view the true heart of this film is its attention to the human factor in war. It shows how war destroys human beings emotionally and psychologically, literally stipping them bare. Is it really any wonder that when these man returned home , they were not the same. The experience of combat imprints itself on a persons personality and of their emotional outlook. The civilians could never truly understand the wartime experience, because thet never faced actual combat. They simply heard about it from those who were fortunate enough to return. I highly recommend this film to WW11 fans, it is well worth adding to one's WW11 collection. JRV
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, January 30, 2016
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GREAT MOVIE, GREAT CHARACTERS, AND GREAT ACTORS
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Saving Private Ryan (1998) Chris

Summary: There are your standard-issue war movies. And then there are epic masterpieces such as Saving Private Ryan which should be the gold standard to measure all others against.

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