Saving Private Ryan 1998

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Based on a World War II drama. US soldiers try to save their comrade, paratrooper Private Ryan, who's stationed behind enemy lines.

Starring:
Ted Danson,Giovanni Ribisi
Runtime:
2 hours, 49 minutes

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Genres Action & Adventure
Director Steven Spielberg
Starring Ted Danson, Giovanni Ribisi
Supporting actors Paul Giamatti, Matt Damon, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Tom Hanks, Jeremy Davies, Tom Sizemore, Dennis Farina, Vin Diesel
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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98 of 111 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Nov. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Spielberg has broken from the norm with this film and has the courage to depict war as it really is. Previous war films have been heavily sanitised to 'protect' the viewer, and Saving Private Ryan acts as a wake up call to the public, especially to myself and the younger generation, who have never experienced a major conflict in our lifetime. This film acts as an antidote to the traditional John Wayne style war movie. War is not fun, and this film removes the myth that when a soldier is shot, they fall to the floor quietly and lie still. Some of the injuries suffered by the soldiers are truly horrific but the level of violence is not gratuitous and is necessary as it adds to the level of realism.
Many people have argued that this film only portrays the American side of D-Day, neglecting the contribution of the troops from other Allied nations. Whilst this is true, Omaha beach and the areas featured in this film were areas attacked by predominantly American troops, and to feature the entire Normandy area of operations would overly complicate the story. The scene showing Omaha beach after the battle, with the sea flowing red with all the blood spilt, is particularly poignant and brings a lump to the throat of everyone who sees it.
I recently watched this film with my grandfather, who landed on the British 'Gold' beach in one of the first waves ashore on June 6th 1944. He watched the first 20 minutes of the film, which depicts the D-Day landings, with tears in his eyes as the memories of that day flooded back. While he got through that day unharmed, a number of his friends and comrades were not so fortunate.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By John Corbett on 9 Jun. 2005
Format: DVD
Saving Private Ryan finally gets the treatment it deserves with this superior DVD release, now complete with a DTS soundtrack. The special features on the discs are minimal, with only a few trailers and some notes; but there is an interesting, if not fascinating documentary on the making of the film which includes interviews with D-Day veterans.
However, you probably wouldn't buy a film like this for the features. You would buy it for the intense, unrivalled and spellbinding combat sequences - most notably the acclaimed D-Day landing recreation. But it doesn't stop there. Spielberg takes us into a debate about the war through the eyes of eight stereotypical soldiers (although nonetheless powerful or resonating for it). The soldiers lay the different views, reasons and arguments before the audience about the war that were shared by so many at the time.
The film climaxes in what can only be described as a brilliant battle between the platoon in peril and Nazi tanks and infantry. The film is improved with the DTS soundtrack, which completely immerses you into the experience. This is a great transfer onto DVD of a great film.
The extras too on this 2-disc release are good, documenting well each aspect of the making of the film. Altogether, a worthy treatment of what has been often called the greatest war film ever made!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Shelton. on 4 Mar. 2015
Format: DVD
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On Omaha Beach in France, a GI lurches about, desperately looking for something he has lost. He spots it and picks it up. It is his arm, blown off at the elbow by shrapnel. This is just one of the many images of horror glimpsed through the water, smoke and endless gunfire in the stunning D Day landing sequence that comes early on in director Steven Spielberg's masterful and moving new movie about World War II, Saving Private Ryan. It is this extended (24 minutes) bloody battle sequence, in which handheld camera work contributes to a terrifying you-are-there feel, that sets the tone for the movie. Men are mowed down, the ocean turns red, and the noise and slaughter never stop.

Trying to stay alive through all this madness is Capt. John Miller (Hanks; see story on page 80) and his men. Those who survive D Day are handed another mission: Go behind enemy lines and find Private Ryan (Damon), whose three brothers have all been killed in combat. The orders are to get him out and send him home. "Where's the sense of risking the eight of us to save one guy?" grouses one of Hanks's men.

His question is at the movie's core. Why fight at all? What does any one man owe another? And was it all worth it? Helped by a thoughtful script by Robert Rodat, a performance by Hanks so carefully considered and so quietly right that the man should have received an Oscar instead of the paltry nomination, exceptional work by the rest of the ensemble cast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DJ Control TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Jun. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Director Steven Spielberg has made three films to date directly concerning the Second World War. One a comedy, "1941" and the other two, straight out historical dramas, "Schindler's List" and "Saving Private Ryan".

On this 70th anniversary of the landing of Allied troops at Normandy, also known as D-Day, take some time to remember those who sacrificed so much, so that we could have a better world to live in. If you perhaps need a history lesson in some of the events that occurred during this time, have a look at "Saving Private Ryan". It's not a true story (it's actually based on a story about brothers who fought in Vietnam) but it's set within the context of factual events.

Steven Spielberg won an Oscar for best director in 1998 when this film was made and his mark is in every frame. The story is told with such passion and conviction that you could be forgiven for believing it is a true story. See this movie, learn a little about the sacrifices made by so few for the greater good of the world and take from it what you will. Yes the first 15 minutes are very heavy going but I believe it is one of the best films ever made.
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