|Cast: Tom Hanks,
Director(s): Steven Spielberg
Genre: Historical Drama
This was just spectacular. I've had many debates with several of my friends who thought this was too much documentary style, but I thought it was great. One of my favorite war movies. Spielberg definately deserved the Oscar for direction. Acting was excellent, original story for a war movie. The action sequences were so well done and very graphic. The first 1/2 hour was so emotionally tense to watch (in a good way). Also the scene where Adam Goldberg (Hebrew Hammer) gets the knife slowly stabbed into his chest by the German soldier....that image was etched into my brain for months after I saw this in theatres. Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant. In my top 3 favorite war pics. Also offers a great porn-name title 'Shaving Ryan's Privates' That's one of my favorite's, up there with 'Forskin Gump'
I couldn't agree more. That Omaha Beach scenes ranks as one of the best, if not the best, war scenes ever!
I, too, totally loved it!
BUT! Again, I saw the movie LONG after it had already been released (get ready for this Deril! Kids have a way of interfering with new release movie watching among other things...) so I had already heard about all the "emotional intensity" beach head scenes and they were dulled somewhat for me. Love to go in cold!
Agreed on all counts. That first 20 minutes...wow! Just tense.
And hey! Ted Danson!
"How's life Norm?"
"Sammy, it's a dog eat dog world and I'm wearing milkbone underwear."
I just RE-watched it again (borrowed from my brother) and I had INTENDED to watch simply the opening 20 minutes to re-visit the scene and check if it still held the same intensity. It was 11PM and I figured I would be in bed by 11:30 tops, well, I sat on the edge of the bed and watched it until 2:00AM...couldn't stop.
Didn't remember it being THAT gripping before...my only complaint is that it moved along TOO quickly, I would have liked to have seen some more development of the characters and their interactions.
Loaded up this page to see if Jeffay commented here...after I had read him trash Senior Spielbergo on the "A.I." page for him having cartoony characters...
But alas, no comment from Jeff.
Guess I should get back to work now...
Fine, since you insist:
The opening scene was a remarkable achievement in cinema - no doubt. Bloody brilliant.
However, I wish the film would have ended right then and there.
Speilberg can be such a chump. That story was painfully stupid and ridiculous. Let's save one man behind enemy lines, and kill a bunch of guys doing it.
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