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Saving Private Ryan (1998) Movie Information

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Steven Spielberg


Tom Hanks
Barry Pepper
Adam Goldberg
Edward Burns
Matt Damon
Tom Sizemore





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Once soldiers cross the line from the beach to land, they are assigned to find Private Ryan, who none of them know, nor do they know if he is alive, but they must follow the commanding officer.

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Matthew Brady 06/08/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This is hands down the Best war movie ever made, I mean the beach scene was so shocking and so gory and it shows what war really is. Tom hanks is fantastic in the movie and the directing is brilliant.

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Quan 01/13/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A Must See classic ... Best War movie ever ... A masterpiece from one of the best directors of all time, Steven Spielberg !!

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Lauren 06/29/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Outstanding. Heart-wrenching and a definite tear jerker. Spielberg depicts the real horrors of war and every actor played his role very well. Made me appreciate our troops more.

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01/27/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"This Ryan better be worth it"

"Saving Private Ryan" opens with a 30-minute cinematic tour de force that is without a doubt one of the finest half-hours ever committed to film. This sequence, a soldier's-eye view of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, is brilliant not only in terms of technique but in the depth of viewer reaction it generates. It is certainly the most violent, gory, visceral depiction of war that I have ever witnessed on screen. Spielberg spares the viewer nothing of the horrors of battle, using every tactic at his disposal to convey the chaos and senseless waste that lies at the core of any engagement. We are presented with unforgettable, bloody images of bodies being cut to pieces by bullets, limbs blown off, entrails spilling out, and a variety of other assorted examples of carnage. And, when the tide c...

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09/21/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A true experience.

There's not much to say about this movie that hasn't been said already.

I feel bad for saying this is a fascinating film, considering it is so horrifying to watch. But if you put all the bona fide moments of war aside, it is still a very realistic depiction of how soldiers and army men interacted.
I especially liked the scenes involving Matt Damon. In his breakout role, he delivered an Award-worthy performance. Fun fact: His backstory was improvised by him.

Steven Spielberg is the man. It would've come as a shock if he hadn't won for Best Director.
This movie is one of the few where I appreciate the shaky-cam. The first half hour is incredibly filmed, full of cringe-worthy moments.
It's one of the few Steven Spielberg films that I see as undergoing style over substance. But the e...

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04/19/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Saving Private Ryan" by Yojimbo

Spielberg's multi-Oscar winning story of a squad of men sent to recover a soldier who was the sole surviving member of his siblings set a new standard in realism where it comes to representing the battlefield. It gives a genuinely believable idea of what it must be like to be caught up in such a hellish environment where any hesitation or even the smallest act of mercy may cost you your life or the life of others, particularly during the visceral opening scenes. Unfortunately the rest of the film does not quite measure up to Spielberg's consummate skill behind the camera. The script does mainly manage to avoid sentiment but it also feels very sanitized. The other allied forces are glaring in their absence, as are soldiers of other ethnicities and more often than not, profanity: this serio...

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