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BTDesign Award
Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Cast: Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Jeremy Davies, Edward Burns, Matt Damon, Giovanni Ribisi, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Ted Danson, Paul Giamatti, Dennis Farina, Harve Presnell, Bryan Cranston

Director(s): Steven Spielberg

Language: English

Genre: Historical Drama


Director Steven Spielberg's World War II tour de force chronicles the journey of a GI squad on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines. Led by Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks), the unit is under orders to track down a soldier, Private Ryan (Matt Damon), so he might return home to his mother in America, where she is grieving the unimaginable loss of her three other sons to the war. The first unforgettable 20 minutes of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN realistically and horrifically depicts the Normandy inv... [Get complete synopsis]


Deril wrote on April 22, 2005, 3:34 pm
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'
MasterWoodsman wrote on April 22, 2005, 5:29 pm
Mood: Bangalores!
I couldn't agree more. That Omaha Beach scenes ranks as one of the best, if not the best, war scenes ever!
Papamikey wrote on April 22, 2005, 7:18 pm
Mood: Cough COUGH!
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!

Papa Mikey!
motleymitch wrote on April 22, 2005, 7:59 pm
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."
Papamikey wrote on May 30, 2005, 9:46 am

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.

Papa Mikey!
Papamikey wrote on July 11, 2011, 12:44 pm
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...
Jefferygn wrote on July 13, 2011, 7:42 pm
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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