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
Steven Spielberg claimed that he considered the film a passion project as a gift to his aging father, a World War II veteran. He further claimed that he made the picture against his commercial instincts, believing there would not be a wide audience for a World War II movie with graphic violence, and was pleasantly surprised when it became a blockbuster hit. See more »
In the movie, you'll notice that all member from the 101st Airborne Division have an Ace of Spades on their helmet. During WWII, the only members from the 101st with an Ace of Spades on their helmet were those part of the 506th Regiment. The other Regiments in that division painted different card symbols on their helmets. We know that not every member of the 101st in the movie is from the 506th Regiment, because at one point, early in the film, Captain Miller and his men stop to talk to a member of the 506th Regiment as that was Ryan's regiment too. The fact that Captain Miller has been told to talk to this specific soldier, because he's from the 506th, implies that most, if not all, of the other men around the town are from separate regiments, yet they all have the Ace of Spades on their helmet.
Towards the end of the film, when Captain Miller meets Corporal Henderson, he states that he is from the 501st Regiment, yet he has an Ace of Spades on his helmet as well, instead of a Diamond, which would be the correct symbol for a member from the 501st. 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 »
I have never been affected by a movie the way Saving Private Ryan affected me. That movie really took me out of my seat in the movie theater and practically had me believing I was really in the battle with John Miller. When somebody was dying in that movie, it felt as if you could almost feel their pain. Speilberg did an unbelievable job of putting realism into this movie with the camera-work and everything else. Simply amazing. An all time great.
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