|Saving Private Ryan
Re-release date: 5 February 1999, a re-release nationwide
Release date: 24 July 1998 total of 3,800
prints for 2463 theaters
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DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures
"Saving Private Ryan", this 1998 movie is to find and retrieve one
man: Private James Ryan. June 6, 1944. D-Day. The Allies launch the biggest
invasion in military history. Behind enemy lines, a squad of U.S. Army
soldiers, led by Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) put their lives on the
line to find paratrooper James Ryan (Matt Damon).
Tom Hanks ------ Captain John Miller
Tom Sizemore --- Sergeant Horvath
Edward Burns --- Private Reiben
Barry Pepper ---- Private Jackson
Adam Goldberg -- Private Mellish
Vin Diesel -------- Private Caparzo
Giovanni Ribisi --- T/4 Medic
Jeremy Davies --- Corporal Upham
Matt Damon ----- James Ryan, paratrooper
Ted Danson ----- Captain Hamill
Paul Giamatti ---- Sergeant Hill
Dennis Farina ---- Lieutenant Colonel Anderson
Joerg Stadler ----- Steamboat Willie
Maximilian Martini -- Corporal Henderson
Directed by --------------- Steven Spielberg
Written by ---------------- Robert Rodat
Produced by ------------- Steven Spielberg, Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon,
Director of photography - Janusz Kaminski
Production designer ----- Tom Sanders
Film editor --------------- Michael Kahn
Music by ----------------- John Williams
Costume designer ------- Joanna Johnston
Co-producers ----------- Bonnie Curtis, Allison Lyon Segan
Casting ------------------ Denise Chamian
Historical Consultant ---- Stephen
Rated R intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences
of war violence, and for language
Running time approximately 170 minutes
|Top: Private James Ryan (Matt Damon)
is a World War II soldier who has parachuted behind enemy lines. Photo:
Bottom: (Left to right) Captain Miller (Tom Hanks), Private
Ryan (Matt Damon) and Private Reiben (Edward Burns) await the approaching
German forces. Photo: David James
Matt plays paratrooper James Ryan in this World War II drama that also
stars Tom Hanks. Hanks plays Captain John Miller, who leads a squad of
U.S. Army soldiers behind enemy lines to find paratrooper James Ryan. Ryan
is the youngest of four brothers and the last survivor. The others having
been killed within days of one another. People in Washington, aware of
the significant loss the boys' mother has endured, order Hanks' squad to
bring her last remaining son back alive. The film was shot on location
in England, Ireland and France.
Is the German the same or different? - If you saw the film, you
know the scenes that I am talking about. Based on information from DreamWorks
Scene 1: The German soldier taken prisoner halfway through the film
is identified in the credits as "Steamboat Willie" because he tries to
ingratiate himself with his GI captors by claiming a love for American
things, including animated films. "Steamboat Willie" was the Walt Disney
cartoon that introduced Mickey Mouse. Steamboat Willie is played by Joerg
Stadler and is captured when his pillbox is seized by the Americans. Cpl.
Upham (Jeremy Davies) argues that he should not be killed.
Scene 2: Final battle scene where Mellish (Adam Goldberg) is grappling
with an enemy soldier in the upstairs room of a bombed-out French home.
A knife is pushed slowly into Mellish's chest. Upham stands on the staircase
where shell shock and fear paralyzes him such that he cannot lift a finger
to help. The German walks past him. That German with the knife is "Czech
Wermacht Soldier" (Martin Hub).
Scene 3: A few minutes later, Upham is so enraged that he leaps
up, takes three Germans prisoner and then guns one of them down. The man
he shoots, is Steamboat Willie whose life Upham earlier had spared.
imho 16 July 98- To pack so many grains of sand into one tin
- so many lives from one concentrated 8 day period into 170 minutes on
the screen. To sacrifice so much so that future generations may multiply
the benefits over and over. Don't watch this movie unless you want to share
that experience. - up close and intimate.
Easily one of the best movies of the year. Realism beyond what the big
screen should be able to deliver. See this movie as soon as you can. Arrive
early and get a good seat for you will want to witness every detail. Spielberg
has placed you in a unique vantage point in history so you can experience
it first hand. Powerful is Captain John Miller aka Tom Hanks. Cinematography
is commanding without being grand or overwhelming. But the close knit camaraderie
that can only be attained by those living through this is felt throughout.
A very cohesive group. FUBAR? Experience it for yourself.
1999 71st Annual Academy Awards
Private Ryan Steven Spielberg
1999 - Golden Globe - Best Director of a Motion Picture -
Steven Spielberg - "Saving Private Ryan"
Private Ryan Janusz Kaminski
Film Editing Saving Private
Ryan Michael Kahn
Sound Saving Private
Ryan Gary Rydstrom, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Ronald
Sound Effects Editing Saving
Private Ryan Gary Rydstrom and Richard Hymns
1999 - Golden Globe - Best Motion Picture - Drama - "Saving
Domestic Box Office
DreamWorks Miniseries - DreamWorks TV has reached a major deal with
Stephen E. Ambrose and has secured
rights to Ambrose's book "Citizen Soldiers."
This will be DreamWorks TV first foray into telefilms. DreamWorks to make
it into a miniseries. Oscar-winning film producer Mark Johnson will oversee
development and production of the miniseries. "Citizen Soldiers: The U.S.
Army From the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany
June 7, 1994-May 7, 1945" focuses on the Americans who liberated Europe
from Hitler's tyranny and chronicles the lives of U.S. Army troops from
the day after D-Day until the end of the war in Europe. As reported
in The Hollywood Reporter, 29 July 1998.
||Cum Box Office
||31 Jul - 2 Aug
by Max Allen Collins, Max Allan Collins Mass Market Paperback
- 320 pages (August 1998)
Available through Amazon.com.
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Private Ryan : A Film by Steven Spielberg" (Movie Tie-In, over
130 Photos, Historical Maps, Charts and Letters Home from World War II
by Steven Spielberg, David James (Photographer)
Paperback - 96 pages (July 1998)
For availability and more information click on this link.
For a large image of the cover click on the cover art
to the right.
Private Ryan : A Film by Steven Spielberg" by
Steven Spielberg, David James (Photographer), Steven Speilberg
Hardcover - 96 pages (July 1998)
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For a large image of the cover click on the cover art
to the right.
Private Ryan" Audio CD (July 21, 1998)
For availability and more information click on this link.
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to the right
John Williams, composer and five-time Academy Award winner,
has earned an extraordinary 36 Oscar nominations in all. He has collaborated
with Spielberg on almost all of the director's films.
Fan writes 7 Apr - I would just like to say Saving
Private Ryan is the best WWII movie ever made and probally ever will be
made. Everytime I see it I fall in love with the motion picture again and
Fan writes 25 Mar 99 - Saving Private Ryan is the
best movie ever!!!!! This movie has motivated me in many ways. I do research
every day and I've written many reports up to eight pages and probably
visited every web site. It's made me realized how many people risked their
lives for our freedom. I'm a freshman in high school and I'm starting my
World History major. My dream is to become a historian or a World History
teacher. I can't explain how much this movie has done for me. -- Daisy,
15, Santa Barbara, CA, SMHS (GO ROYALS!)
Fan writes 7 Nov - I went to see Saving Private
Ryan, because I'm interested in military history. I came out shell-shocked
... I wandered about, looking for people to talk to and something to say
about it. The images and sounds re-playing in my mind. … Above all I felt
very little, weak and vulnerable. … Spielberg made just about the best
war movie ever made, and possibly one of the best movies ever made From
a 29 year old Dutch male. (edited for briefity)
Fan writes 4 Nov - I have seen it three times now.
I myself live in Birmingham, England (UK.) and couldn't believe that Spielberg
had filmed around the UK and Ireland. Unlike other films which have been
filmed in England but set somewhere else - Private Ryan actually made you
feel you were in battle scarred Normandy. There were no crappy British
actors with their ridiculous accents. It was totally real from an American
and universal point of view. I loved it.
One thing that I liked about it was that Spielberg differentiated
it from the normal stack of war movies like 'Platoon' and 'Full Metal Jacket'
- by also making it a tale of heroism. About a bunch of guys going in as
soldiers doing a job and coming out as heroes. The first half-hour showed
you the horror of war better than any war movie ever made. The last hour
was a thriller - it was more to do with the characters. You wanted all
these men to live and save the bridge in one piece. Therefore it was an
ending more to do with drama and thrills - than the horror of the actual
D-Day landings. I would say it has the most thrilling action climax ever
made better than any western. Armageddon's ending sucked - Most movies
have very dodgy endings. Titanic has a very good climax, which I rate with
Some people complained that it turned from a war movie
into thriller towards the climax - but you have to remember that this is
a movie which Spielberg has made for a mass audience - And speaking honestly
you can never re-create the horror of war on film. Saving Private Ryan
is a masterpiece. Go see it.
Fan writes 3 Nov - I saw the movie for the 4th
time this past week. I am still in awe over the battle scenes. It is a
very emotional movie that will go down as one of the best of all times.
Every time I have seen the movie I am amazed at Tom Hanks' acting ability,
especially the critical scenes after Wade died at the pill box.
Fan writes 31 Oct - I've seen the movie three times
and every time I was more impressed by it. I never watched a movie so tense
as this one and I think it is the best war movie ever made and one of the
best movies in general. I think I'm going to watch it a fourth time. A
fan from the Hague, Netherlands.
Fan writes 31 Oct - Having seen Saving Private
Ryan recently, I do not have a lot to say except that it is an amazing
film. I don't think that it should be rated a 15 because I think that more
people should have a chance to witness the brilliant and powerful story
that it is. Like the poem, Dulce et decorum est, it shows that there was
no glory in war, if you were mowed down by the German artillery before
you even had a chance to step off of your boat - as depicted very early
on in the film. The actors were all brilliant, especially the guy - I don't
know his name - who is Frank Jr. in Friends, and who got killed when they
attacked the Germans at the radar site. Many thanks to Steven Spielberg
for this excellent film - an english fan
Fan writes 24 Oct - What can I write that isn't
already here? It is an outstanding, terrifying, and very disturbing film.
The beach landing scenes are beyond words - the nearest I can think of
are stone cold riveting. The film takes a turn then into the old 'defend
the bridge against overwhelming odds' routine, but who cares. My film of
the decade, and for sheer power, it probably won't ever be surpassed. My
thanks to all those brave, brave men, and lets not forget the British and
Canadians on the other beaches too. A fan from the UK.
Fan writes 23 Oct - Seeing Saving Private Ryan
was one of the most powerful experiences that I have ever had in a movie
theatre. No words could express the feeling it invoked, words seemed futile
when I eventually managed to tear my self from my theatre seat. This film
should be seen by every generation, so that they might not take for granted
the liberty that they enjoy today. After seeing the film I was compelled
to go to the sight of this, the largest invasion in history. It has become
an experience that will live with me for the rest of my life.
The thing that struck home the hardest while I was driving
along the coast to the American Cemetery, was the size of the undertaking.
Fifty miles of coastline doesn't mean much in the mind's eye, but it is
a very long way when every meter has to be fought for. Of the cemeteries
that I visited, the American Cemetery was the most powerful. All the cemeteries
are filled with the casualties of the Normandy Campaign, but take some
time to look at the head stones at the American Cemetery and the same date
keeps appearing, 6th June 1944. It was a very sobering feeling looking
over so many head stones with one thing in common. I hope and pray that
this film lives for a long time and does not become just another video
case gathering dust on video store shelves. a fan from the UK.
Fan writes 8 Oct - I recently watched Saving
Private Ryan. To say it is one of the best war movies is an understatement;
it is one of the greatest films ever made. It does what movies like Platoon
only touched upon. It tells an epic story of heroism and still keeps it
realistic. Where as 'Platoon' concentrated only on realistic events mishmashed
together (Ultimately making it a fictional documentary.) with a revenge
story tacked on for good measure.
Private Ryan is different because it has a very unconventional
and interesting story to tell. A team of soldiers risking their lives for
one person, who they haven't even met. Ultimately when they do find Ryan,
they risk their lives for something he believes in. The completion of his
mission - to save a bridge. This is a great story - 'The Coward' who could
have saved his team-mate's life but just cried and listened to his calls
for help - and then at the end ruthlessly executes the German killer who
was just doing his job as a soldier (Pointlessly late by this time and
he broke The Geneva Convention because the German had given himself up.).
The two Germans at the beginning (D-Day scene.) who give themselves up,
but are shot by the two Americans and laughed at. This was a disturbing
side of the film, which was handled excellently by Spielberg and his film
crew. After seeing this film I didn't go to the cinema for weeks. (I don't
think any film could match its power.). It a great piece of work. I was
also reading your web page and one of the readers was complaining that
the movie strayed from realism in to a story of Heroism. I don't agree.
The movie never strays from realism. As for the idea of it being a story
of heroism- that is true. The war was won by heroes. The idea of a team
of soldiers going back just for one man is heroic in itself. If it weren't
a heroic story it would be just another war film in a long collection with
Full Metal Jacket and A Bridge too Far. These men were heroes and to say
heroism is not real is an insult. I would advise everyone to see this film.
Fan writes 7 Oct - There are no words to describe
what cannot be described. There are no pictures that will ever show what
really happened. My father always said I could never understand what it
was like until someone was shooting at me. He commanded a platoon
of Canadian soldiers who fought with him through Normandy and the battles
of Caen and then on to Holland. Spielberg tried to describe
and show what it was like, so we could begin to feel what my father could
not describe. I understand a little more now, why he would
wake up in the middle of the night...shouting curses at the Nazi's.
Thank you Steven.
Fan writes 1 Oct - This must be the most graphic
representation of war, certainly I have ever seen, and not withstanding
the fact that it was about American soldiers it had none of the gung ho
Rambo rubbish that we are all so use to. Every credit must go to all involved
in the film particularly the research into actual events, equipment, sound
effects, even how people died. I think the attention to detail gives the
film its unique quality. It certainly increased the respect I have for
those who fought in World War 2, and indeed any other conflict of such
magnitude. Certainly I bear none of the criticism leveled at the film in
the UK as an all American affair, far from it, it furthered my understanding
of just how hard the beach-heads were for the American troops. There were
some foolish decisions made on that day and some very brave ones, but what
appalling losses suffered; some 5,000 American soldiers lost their lives.
The main point I want to make about the film, setting
the story aside, is I hope it increase people's respect for those that
fought otherwise if people really just look at this film as just another
movie and perhaps even got bored, then they have missed the point, and
should stick to their video games. Fortunately or unfortunately whichever
way you look at it these people that some writers have mentioned, will
never experience the ultimate sacrifice, and may never learn the true meaning
of respect. A UK fan
Fan writes 1 Oct - I am a 25-year-old Englishman,
and feel compelled to write after seeing what I consider to be, without
question, one of the most important and impeccably filmed movies of all
time. I myself am involved in filmmaking. Having acted professionally on
film, I am nowadays more active in production, while hoping to gain the
knowledge and experience to be able to direct my own material. My grandfather
was a prisoner-of-war from 1942 until 1945, and I have therefore spent
many many years researching WW2 with a hope to portraying what my relative,
and so many others, endured during that amazing conflict. I now feel that
I no longer need to try. Steven Spielberg has depicted the horror of the
Normandy landings in a way that could surely not have been imagined by
even the most skilful and determined directors of our generation. Currently
working as a cinema projectionist, I have a first hand opportunity to gauge
the publics reaction to this most remarkable film, and I can honestly say
that the response has been overwhelming in its sincerity. Never before
have I seen an audience cease movement for the opening 30 minutes of a
film. Never before have I seen tears flowing unashamedly from so many faces,
and never before have I seen an audience rooted to the spot at the end
of a movie, unable in their humility to move from their seats even after
enduring a stomach and bladder-bashing three hour film. Spielberg and his
collaborators have created a true cinematic masterpiece that buries itself
in your conscience, pulls at your very soul, and forces you to sit down
and contemplate the true meaning of sacrifice and appreciate what we have,
and what so many gave up to give it to us. I have sat through this film
many times- both to enjoy its spectacle, and to try and find any faults
within its making. There are none. Talk to Normandy veterans, talk to anyone
who has experienced war, talk to anyone who has ever worked in film - 'Saving
Private Ryan' is phenomenal. Urge everyone you know to see it. Do not let
the efforts of the filmmakers pass unappreciated into history, as the efforts
of the brave men the film depicts did, so unforgivably.
Fan writes 29 Sep - I'm a 19-year old woman attending
University and I saw Saving Private Ryan for the first time on Friday,
Sept. 24. Words are truly impossible to convey both the initial emotions
it created and the impressions I am still thinking about today. People
might think I'm crazy, but almost a week later, whenever I have a quiet
moment to myself I find my thoughts replaying the lives of the characters
involved in SPR and a tear even escapes. To be short, I have to say that
the movie has led me to change my attitude, especially in some specific
ways: (1) I will never ever forget the sacrifices made by the men and boys
for MY freedom. They were kids minding their own business, suddenly called
to endure HELL for their country - and they did it as their duty called
them, whether by choice or not. (2) Over and above thanking them, I have
to look at the bigger force behind it all - God. He not only chose them
to fight - he chose THEM to fight for MY freedom - instead of me having
to fight for my own. This movie made me realize how gracious He has been
- not making anyone in my part of the world participate in the hell of
war. I had NO IDEA whatsoever of what war was even like - I had to see
a movie for me to get that idea. I don't have to experience it. (3) Never
take freedom for granted! And (4) In light of the utter SACRIFICES made
my thousands of men and boys, AND the graciousness of God, how then, ought
YOU AND I to USE THAT FREEDOM THAT WAS FOUGHT FOR SO HARD? MAKE THE MOST
OF IT - IT CAME AT A PRICE!!
It took Saving Private Ryan to give a deeper perspective
and appreciation of my life - and the price it took to gain the freedom
I enjoy today in Canada. I am still emotionally touched - and will never
brush aside Remembrance Day, or scorn the national anthem again - I will
realize the respect that both of these things deserve, and the blood of
the men it took to uphold them for ME.
Fan writes 29 Sep - I was told that "Saving Private
Ryan" would be a realistic film about WWII, not like all other war movies
made in Hollywood. Well, first hour was realistic, but after that, the
film started to change. It was no longer a realistic picture about WWII,
but more like a heroic story (like almost all the other American made war
movies) and when you do a heroic movie, you have to give up from realism,
and that is what happened. Especially "the final battle" with the Germans
looked like a B-class war movie straight from the propaganda division of
the U.S. Army, because Spielberg had decided to make a heroic end. If you
people want to watch a realistic movie with no childish thoughts of heroism,
see movie called "Stalingrad". a movie fan from Finland.
Fan writes 28 Sep - I have recently seen Saving
Private Ryan. I thought the movie was phenomenal. Since I am much to young
to remember any war the impact wasn't as great. I do however see what war
really was like and surviving emotionally must have been harder then surviving
physically. Thank you for making a movie. I could watch it a zillion times.
I however seldom cry at movies but this movie made me want to cry. This,
Titanic, and Armageddon. Matt Damon played a critical role in this film
and pride stood in me for our countries. I was so mad at the guy with the
shells just sitting crying when he could have saved someone's life. I realize
now he was emotionally hurt, he might as well died with the pain he went
through. Again thank you for such a great movie. BRAVO Stephen Spielberg.
Fan writes 28 Sep - What a great movie. I have
to admit I wish I hadn't eaten so much popcorn before it started. Steven
Spielberg has done so much for people like me. I graduated from public
high school in 1985. Our history books on the subject of WWII, the Holocaust
and D-Day were very disappointing.
Fan writes 26 Sep - I have a somewhat unusual perspective.
I served in the US Army for 20+ years, retiring as a LTC. I served in a
combat unit in Vietnam. My wife is German-born and lived in Germany during
WW2. My two brothers-in-law were, therefore, on the opposing side. One
was taken prisoner at age 18 by the Russians at Stalingrad. He survived
and is now an elderly grandfather near Stuttgart. He is a gentle man and
a loving family man. My other brother-in-law fought against the Americans
in Italy in 1943 and, later, on the Western Front. He, too, is a gentle
grandfather and a dear friend of mine. The violence and reality of SPR
is an accurate depiction of what they lived through on the other side.
I was moved to tears, often weeping uncontrollably, during the film. I
remembered friends I lost in Vietnam. And I thought of the horror all of
the combatants, the Allies, mostly young men faced and overcame, to defeat
Nazi-ism. and bring peace and prosperity to the world. I am humbled by
their courage. I am distressed at the quality of men who call themselves
leaders today. God Bless America.
Fan writes 21 Sep - Living in England, the
film was released a little later over here and so I have only recently
had a chance to go and see it. The film is perhaps the most horrific and
gory I have every seen and I had to keep reminding myself that these things
actually happened. Steven Spielberg has managed to convey all the atrocities
of war, but there is one thing that bothers me - the promotion of patriotism
that ultimately leads to war. I think the film would of also been improved
by showing things from the side of the Germans - they also suffered greatly
and their brutality was no less than any other country, the only difference
being, they did not have justice on their side. Studies have shown that
it doesn't take an evil person to serve an evil empire. The American flag
waving at the end seems to further promote patriotism, how many have heard
the saying, "My country, right or wrong" - if roles had been reversed would
the atrocities still have happened. War is a loss; a war can't be won.
Fan writes 14 Sep - I must say that this was THE
most emotionally touching movie I have ever seen. I had previously thought
the same about Titanic until I saw this movie. The price of freedom is
high. I realize this now after seeing the suffering of US Soldiers landing
on Omaha Beach. In the late 90's, we frequently take our freedom for granted
and I hate to think how life would be if the NAtional ZIocialist party
had succeeded in dominating our world. (NAZI's). It is well worth eight
lives to save one! You have to go with what you believe in and I believe
in GOD, MY COUNTRY and MYSELF. I am very pleased that this movie was made
and I am overwhelmed with emotions of having seen it on the big screen.
Words can not truly express my emotions at this time. I am left in a state
of appreciation of generations of past for fighting for the freedom that
I enjoy today!
Fan writes 14 Sep 98 - I'm 21 years old and a student
of history at Southeast Missouri State and have studied WWII independently
for about 11 years. I was eager to see the Saving Private Ryan because
I heard it was the most Accurate depiction of war ever filmed. So when
I entered the theater I was scared because I thought I knew what I was
about to see.... but I wasn't even prepared for that. I shook through the
first 30 minutes of the film, and began crying within the first 2 minutes.
Saving Private Ryan had an emotional impact on me that I will never forget.
This is by far the most important film ever made, not to take anything
away from Schindler's list and the story of the Holocaust, but until now
war has been glorified, and I don't think anyone (not even the men who
landed on that beach) knew what kind of hell was about ready to come down
on them. Movies like "The Longest Day," which was supposed to be a tribute
to the veterans, end up being just the opposite. When I saw "The Longest
Day," I wasn't scared of war; it made war seem something it was not, full
of glory and in a way, almost non-violent and acceptable. I saw the movie
with my girlfriend and during the drive home afterwards I did not say a
word, then I started crying. She asked my what was wrong and I said, "that
is why I want to teach history, people have to know what men had to go
through on days like June 6th, 1944, I can not even imagine what it would
have been like." This movie changed my life. After seeing it I told myself
that I never want anyone to have to die again, especially like that. This
movie pays tribute to the sacrifice those men laid down on the beach that
day, and we should forever be in their debt.
Fan writes 7 Sep 98 - Thank you. This movie needed
to be made. As with the survivors of the Holocaust, survivors of World
War Two are starting to diminish. Schindler’s List told the story of survival
and heroism in a concentration camp. Saving Private Ryan told the same
story of life in the battlefield. I’ve heard people complain about the
movie being too graphic. It seems to me that the landing on D-Day was that
graphic. Why diminish what those brave men went through. It also shows
young people who have a preconceived notion of war based on movies like
Rambo that war and battles are not glorious shoot ‘em ups, but a struggle
to keep your life and your sanity
I spent the good part of the first twenty minutes or so
of this movie crying. I went from a stream of tears throughout the battle
to sobbing when Mrs. Ryan received the news. I will tell everyone I know
to see this movie. I doubt, however, that I will ever be able to watch
it again. It has left an indelible mark on my heart and my soul. Bravo
on the reality! Bravo for having the guts to make a movie like this.
Fan writes 7 Sep 98 - Well, Its not that often
anymore when someone comes out with a truly well done movie that captures
the human side of things. Saving Private Ryan showed us that we have
a lot to be thankful for! That freedom is not automatic for everyone! And
that people died for our right to live as free citizens! Often I
hear people talk of the things that they would do if they were in Captain
Miller's squad's position in Saving Private Ryan, saying that Upham was
a wimp and all this other stuff, when really I seriously doubt that they
would not act the same! The point I am trying to make is these men preformed
overwhelmingly given their situation! So let us be thankful for those who
went and won back our freedom, at their own expense, and let us be thankful
for those who showed us the way things really were! Steven Spielberg, My
hat goes off to you and your cast and behind the scenes workers, for your
excellent recreation of quote "the god awful s****y mess"
Fan writes 6 Sep 98 - ... As a Polish immigrant
to the US my grandfather could not rest in knowing the intentions of World
War I so he volunteered with the French foreign legions for the cavalry.
This movie gives me a start in understanding the passion and fear that
would have inspired him to sacrifice in such a way. My father enlisted
with the airforce since he had learned how important air support was to
the guys on the ground. The scene where the airplanes in the movie finally
showed up helps indicate this to me. And myself only a few years earlier
designing wings for an aircraft company that had a history of making WWII
war planes, all the stories from veterans, TV documentaries, and past movies
on the subject of WWII did not bring me in. I felt detached and almost
guilty from being so detached because I saw how important it was to the
veterans that experienced it. I guess until you actually see, hear, and
feel the bullets whizzing overhead or the last desperate gasps of air from
a fallen friend you cannot ever make it as personal as it was for these
heroes. This movie does a spectacular job of helping you step into their
It is important to retain that memory (and to grieve the
sorrow) of what it was like for them so that each generation can prevent
that fateful curse which says "war is necessary" or " history repeats itself
". I choose to remain an optimist. I hope the world does not perceive this
movie as biased and I believe that since it was so well crafted and seemingly
objective that they will not.
Congratulations Private Ryan thanks to the efforts of
a sweet man your captain in WWII you are alive to be recognized as a GOOD
MAN. And to the soldiers that died and to my grandfather and the families
of all of those involved I can only say "Gone but not forgotten". I only
hope that someday I can look into the eyes of my family and ask their approval
for my life's intentions and get it. Then I will feel as though I earned
it as well. -- Thank you for the freedom. I hope that I can earn it.....
Fan writes 27 Aug 98 - I graduated from the US
Army's Airborne and Ranger courses more than 20 years ago; and, I still
serve on active duty. I'm especially proud of my Ranger heritage and have
read every Ranger related book I could get my hands on. My father is Polish,
served in WWII and was wounded at Monte Cassino. Shortly after I was commissioned
we were having a routine conversation about life in general. Suddenly,
he stopped and said to me, "I never said this to you, but I've never wanted
you to go into the service." I asked him why and he replied, "I never want
you to have to see the things I've seen." At the time, I could not understand
what he meant. Flash my life through a failed hostage rescue, Grenada and
Desert Storm...I finally comprehended what he meant. My 15 y/o son wanted
to see SPR, so we talked about what was going to be portrayed and why.
Both of us overwhelmed by the movie. As we talked about Mr. Spielberg's
effort, I told him that he should regard it as advice, something his dad
and grandfather had to learn the hard way, about what the price can be
when you serve.
Fan writes 22 Aug 98 - I took my daughter to see
Private Ryan. She was overwhelmed. I am 46 and my daughter is 18. She immediately
began asking all kinds of questions about both her Grandfathers roles in
the war. What a tremendous delight it was for me to tell her all that I
knew about what they had done. My father had told me many things about
the war and I shared with her what he had done. This was truly a masterpiece
film. I enjoyed it immensely. I then told her that we are still at war
(terrorism) and that the sacrifices for freedom will never be over. We
need to be ever vigilant and never take our freedom for granted. Peace=time
Fan writes 19 Aug 98 - I have seen SPR twice and
hope to see it at least once more on the big screen. Spielberg and his
team have assembled a truly powerful, thought-provoking film. At long last,
a first-rate American director has used all of his clout, all the resources,
and all the talent at his disposal to "get it right." The ultimate impact
of these images lies in a realm that transcends by far what many have termed
"reality," for Spielberg could have put on the screen infinitely more horrific
images of war's consequences if his intent was merely to stun us with technical
virtuosity. For me, the true power of SPR is found in the metaphor of sacrificing
many to save one man. Many have questioned the verisimilitude of such a
situation, of the likelihood of such a mission being assigned from on high
to front-line grunts in Normandy. Though I myself find the plot line entirely
credible, we need to ask ourselves the more important question of who Private
Ryan really represents. Does the young paratrooper missing somewhere in
the French countryside symbolize unborn future generations of Americans
who will inherit the legacy of these eight brave men? And what does it
mean to "earn this, earn it?" What would the fighting men who laid down
their lives in Europe and the Pacific think of the country and the world
and the FREEDOM we have built since then? Are we worthy inheritors of the
precious gift they bequeathed to us almost 60 years ago?
Fan writes 19 Aug 98 - I watched Saving Private
Ryan today, and I have to say it is the best movie I have ever seen. I
am a 17 year old Canadian girl living in freedom thanks to the many people
who laid down their lives so I could have one. Watching this movie made
my heart stop more than once. I have grown up with war stories, my grandfather
being in the navy during WW1, my other grandfather slightly disabled from
a piece of landmine permanently lodged in his eye, and a cousin who I have
never met, who died before I was born, because he stepped on a landmine.
And yet, with all these stories from people who, coming from them should
hit home...it didn't. Not until I saw this movie. I never imagined the
horror that went on. I used to think that it was sad that people died but
it was a long time ago. But Spielberg put faces to so many of the men who
were killed by this war, and personalized it for all of us. I look in sadness
at the way life is going, and I am horrified that people still haven't
learned. I am only 17 and I know that war is wrong. Why cant anyone else?
A fan from Ontario, Canada.
Fan writes 17 Aug 98 - I cried even before it began
when all I saw was the first fight scene and I haven't even met any of
the characters--it was the reality of it I think. The movie theatre was
packed on Sat. 8/15/98 and it is hard to cry in a crowded open place. Many
others cried as well and also laughed as the movie was filled with the
humor of life as well as sorrow. Some teenagers walked out in the
middle (the scene where they are at the bridge and listening to the song)
-- I asked why. They said they were bored. I could not believe it. Have
they become immune to suffering or have they so adapted to today's graphic
violence that this movie left them unaffected? Did they feel nothing?
I myself have never lived through a full-scale world war. Though I have
experienced the beginning of a civil war. This movie should be seen by
all teens (and adults) in America--they should watch with a teacher or
someone older where they can talk about it afterwards. Otherwise it is
just a movie to some of them. I think that, hopefully, to every one teen
that is unaffected that there are at least 6 who "sees the light."
Saving Private Ryan brings the unexpected to our doorsteps of everyday
life. It makes us stand up and take notice. It shows us that life is not
clear-cut. Not everyone is either good or bad. We are all both. I
cried hardest at the end-- when it was ending for the reality that had
been a long time before I was born and maybe a one that made my living
possible and it might be the future as well for many of us. a true Spielbergian
Fan writes 17 Aug 98 - I want to say this about
Saving Private Ryan. I think this was the best movie ever made. It scared
me to death and I cried all through it, and two days after it. I have never
been affected by a movie as much as this. But I learned so much from it
too! a fan from Georgia.
Fan writes 16 Aug 98 - Thank you DreamWorks for
showing WWII as it really was. WWII for the babyboomers was always depicted
as the gentlemen's war compared to the Vietnam War, at least in the "entertainment"
world. Now everyone knows what war is like, doesn't matter which war. My
first thought after the movie was, as Ryan also said, am I a good person,
am I doing my best? Its the least I could do in memory of those who died
for us, that they did not die in vain. Thank you Mr. Spielberg, we are
blessed in this generation to have someone like yourself to remind us always
how blessed WE are today. from a 35 year old female who has, thank God,
never known war.
Fan writes 15 Aug 98 - Viewing this phenomenal
film was an exhausting experience, but personally a worthwhile one. I finally
have some understanding of my 79-year-old father's recurring nightmares,
50 years of them. Although he was not present at Normandy, he was captured
during the Battle of the Bulge. Spielberg depicted, as realistically as
possible, the chaos, horror and futility, along with the beauty and complexity
of the human spirit. Ryan ranks right up there with All Quiet on the Western
Front, and the Academy is going to have a hard time picking supporting
actors; they might have to add another 5 slots to the category.
Fan writes 15 Aug 98 - I've seen SPR three times
and each time I get more out of it - I become more involved with the characters
and can almost feel it myself when the German plunges the knife into Mellish
- I gasp every time. I feel as angry as Reiben-- why do we have to do this
for one guy? As frightened as Upham and as brave as Capt. Miller. And after
it is over, I feel relief that I am alive in such a great country as America.
The air smells better - the sky looks bluer and the trees are greener and
gorgeous. As if you've been through a near death experience and you now
appreciate your surroundings and your life more. I came home and immediately
wrote an old Viet Nam vet friend of mine and thanked him for putting his
life on the line for me. What a powerful thing for a movie to be able to
do for so many people. The ENTIRE squad of 8 men (but especially Hanks,
Burns, Sisemore and Davies) deserve Oscar awards for their performances
as well as, of course, Steven Spielberg. A fan from Houston Texas.
Fan writes 14 Aug 98 - I saw the movie two nights
ago. It built my interest on why world wars happened. I found the movie
realistic. Although never while on a real state of war, I served 4 years
in the Navy but I'm trying to imagine how hard it must be just to keep
your sanity through such a crisis!!! The years I served were like birthday
parties to me compare to the images I saw a few nights ago. A must see
for everybody that are thinking that life is not good for them.
Fan writes 9 Aug 98 - Wow... I just saw the movie
today and I haven't been able to remove myself from it. It was incredibly
realistic- more than I ever thought possible. The Omaha beach scene was
probably the most disturbing thing I have ever seen. It made you feel like
you were right there. I was actually terrified because I was able to put
myself in that position. The movie still haunts me, but it gave me a whole
new appreciation for those who served in the war. I highly recommend this
film, but be prepared to have it leave a strong impression on you... A
fan in CT
Fan writes 8 Aug 98 - As a small child and on into
my adult life I was truly fascinated on how people live through such agony
and fear during war. My appreciation of such immeasurable sacrifices was
made early in life by a man fortunate enough to live through such horrid
atrocities. With detail and clarity he brought home the true meaning of
war. Everything In the movie was suddenly real, from the pipe bomb on the
beach to remove the barbed and razor wire to the German hand grenades with
the wooden handles, "Tater mashers", to the dread of the much feared 88
millimeter artillery. Still I couldn't grasp the true meaning, the fear
and terror of war. Saving Private Ryan takes you as close to war as anything
I've ever seen. I've read, watched countless documentaries, and was even
fortunate enough to get first hand descriptions from a man who served his
country during W.W.II. I never really understood what it meant to serve
your country and face death day after day. Saving Private Ryan puts you
right there, lets you feel the pain, fear, and agony of war. I thank God
every day for having such a wonderful and sharing grandfather. He passed
away last year on June 13, 1997. Thank you Steven Spielberg for bringing
out the true realities of war for the whole world to see. It will make
an impact on the world, I pray no one ever has to suffer the horror of
war. And to all who served, I will forever be indebted to you all. A fan
Fan writes 8 Aug 98 - Today I sat in a movie theater
and witnessed a cinematic representation of that fateful day known to us
now as "D-Day". War is horrible... war is violent ... war is gore... but
all the death and suffering would be nothing compared to what would have
happened if this "Third Reich" would have been successful in it's attempt
to conquer our world. Thus, I can say that the battle of Normandy was fought
for a reason and there was a price paid for freedom. I will remember those
that paid this price not because of this movie but what my parents and
grandparents have taught me. I will pass this knowledge of respect onward
to my children. Look for us at any ball game or any parade... during any
presentation of colors or any National Anthem... we will be there with
our hands on our hearts.
Fan writes 6 Aug 98 - That was a powerful, deeply
troubling movie. It was also the best movie I have ever seen. What
I came away with was an enhanced appreciation for the power of the human
spirit. That many people (of all countries) experienced these horrible,
horrible things, survived and went on to have productive lives is a testament
to the durability of the human spirit. It is also a reminder that we are
not as far removed from being animals as many of us would presume to think.
Fan writes 6 Aug 98 - I saw "Saving Private Ryan"
a few days ago and I still can't stop thinking about it. It was the
most intense (and heart wrenching!) movie I've ever seen. It was
astounding!! --- A "must see" for those who haven't. I was forewarned of
the "very realistic" battle scene taking place at the beginning of the
film, but the warning still didn't prepare me. From the very start, I was
so grossly involved that all my muscles were tensing up and the fighting
seemed like it would never end. I lasted 15 min. through the Omaha
Beach scene and had to leave temporarily so I could go cry in the bathroom!
The horrors of war were brought to life right before my eyes --- a sensation
I'll never forget! It's a miracle we were able to secure the beaches
of Normandy! History class only touched the surface of WWII --- this film
went into the depths! It was such an eye-opener for both my husband
and I. I thank Steven Spielberg for "waking" me up and hopefully
all of America too. We take things too much for granted -- especially
our freedom. I thank God for my freedom!! And I thank you -
all of you - those who sacrificed their lives and those who lived to tell
the stories, like my Grandpa!!!! -a fan from Colorado
Fan writes 4 Aug 98 - For years I've read a lot
about the wars.... and even served a little in uniform. I've always loved
and respected those that fought, but never really understood (who could....
if you weren't there). But this film brought it home and brought to life
the horror and chaos.... like never before. To all the men and women wherever
you are...who stood in harm's way for the sake of our freedom and this
country....thank you from the bottom of my heart. Only God knows how much
you suffered and how deeply you paid for all of us to live free today.
To Steven Spielberg...thank you for putting your vast talents to work on
this film and other great works. You are leaving a legacy that no one has
every approached and everyone needs to have. Don't stop...there is still
so much worthwhile work to be done. Thank you all.
Fan writes 4 Aug 98 - After seeing this film, why
go to a movie ever again? This film is the greatest, most powerful
film ever made. It made me feel so guilty that events like WW II
Fan writes 3 Aug 98 - I was expecting a typical
world war two movie, maybe a bit more graphic. However, fifteen minutes
into the movie I felt as though I was taken into the movie and was being
tossed around as if I was there. I felt that the actors reached a high
peak. They weren't just actors anymore; they were soldiers fighting for
the country they so dearly loved. This movie made Titanic look like a foothill
to the mountain that Saving Private Ryan created. I could only wish that
school could create the impact that Steven Spielberg had on me.
Fan writes 3 Aug 98 - As the old movie review cliche
goes. If you see one movie this year ... make it SAVING PRIVATE RYAN!!!
I think the movies first 30 minutes could stand alone at the OSCARS.
Fan writes 3 Aug 98 - Thank God movies only engage
the emotions and two physical senses: sight and sound. I can't imagine
smelling, tasting, or feeling those 8 days. Thank God there were men brave
enough who did.
Fan writes 2 Aug 98 - Simply put, a "virtual"
beach assault at Normandy....scary, very scary.
Fan writes 2 Aug 98 - I believe that Mr. Spielberg
has outdone himself. His best movie yet. The characters were realistic
and human. Kudos to Mr. Spielberg, Tom Hanks, all the actors and crew of
this movie. Deserves to be the film of the century.
Fan writes 2 Aug 98 - The film should be seen by
everyone. To me the film has a deeper plot than just saving the one
Private Ryan. Those men and tens of millions of others were
saving all the Private Ryans of the world, the brothers of the other Private
Ryan, the boys who hadn't been born yet, and all the children of the World.
As mentioned in the film, men were lost in great numbers, but they were
lost to save thousands of others. A fan from Dublin, Georgia.
Fan writes 1 Aug 98 - Now I know there is a God
because he sent us Steven Spielberg to bring the horrors of human history
to the forefront and to new generations who never experienced it themselves:
Shindler's List, Amistad and now Saving Private Ryan should be mandatory
viewing for all the world's citizens. A fan from San Juan, PR.
Fan writes 1 Aug 98 - All I can say about this
film is that Steven Spielberg is GOD. Everything about Saving Private
Ryan is perfection. Cinema doesn't get any better than this.
Ryan brought out emotions and sentiments that I never thought I would ever
feel or know. I could find no fault with the movie and I have seen
it multiple times. The casting was excellent, as was the script,
cinematography, music (John Williams is god too), and the realism of the
plight of the D-Day soldier. Thank Steven Spielberg for making such an
Fan writes 1 Aug 98 - The first time I saw Saving
Private Ryan, it made me realize how much people today take their freedom
for granted, never realizing what was sacrificed for our freedom. All of
those lives lost, all of those men falling, bleeding, and relentlessly
pushing to rise above tyranny. Tonight I saw Saving Private Ryan for the
second time, and my gratitude to the soldiers that have fought in all of
the wars to secure my freedom keeps swelling. This is the only movie to
have this kind of emotional affect on me. Thank you to all of the men/women
who have fought for my freedom.
Fan writes 31 July 98 - As a vet who has served
in the Gulf War, Bosnia, Somalia, Haiti, and Liberia, I can honestly say
this was the closest I felt to being in combat outside the real experience.
I felt the familiar pressure in my chest and the dry, metallic taste of
fear in my mouth and throat that I thought I had forgotten and was sure
I would never feel and taste again. The film is profoundly moving - the
best I have ever seen.
Fan writes 31 July 98 - Steven Spielberg has put
to film what words will never describe. The horror of war and its human
sacrifice is transported from the sands of Normandy into the hearts of
everyone who takes the opportunity to participate in this life-affirming
masterpiece. With every convulsion of the camera our emotions are drawn
into one of the defining moments in human history. It teaches us that we
are not apart from history but rather shaped by it. With each piercing
round and simple yet profound human utterance we are reminded what it is
to be human, what it is to be frail, what it is to be grateful for the
breath of freedom we draw each day but for the lives of so many who laid
down their own. It is with the deepest respect I send my appreciation to
these young men and women who allowed me and my generation to be spared
the misery they endured. I recall as a young child watching the Vietnam
War unfold on the evening news and the uncertainty it placed in the minds
of my friends and myself. Our only wish was that it would be over. May
Saving Private Ryan be an incentive that it remains over for my children
and for their children. I watched this movie with the same emotion I had
as that young child. I pleaded that it would end, just as those young men
must have pleaded as they washed up onto that fateful beach and shaped
our destiny. Thank you.
Fan writes 30 Jul 98 - My wife and I just went
to watch this movie. It touched my heart so many times it's hard to explain.
I served as a US Marine during the cold war, from the tropics to the deserts,
all around the world. I was in all the right places at the wrong times.
(If you can understand what I mean).
I noticed my wife looking at me on and off as she
cried pretty much through the whole movie. I'm not afraid to say that I
did cry, since old thoughts and feelings that I chose to forget...were
brought back tonight.
But it was different this time, not frustration in not
knowing what the mission was or who was the real enemy. I think cried for
the pride I felt when I first joined as a young Marine. The old tradition
of serving to "protect life" that I once forgot, came back to me. I'm a
police officer now...I now remember why I became a cop.
Fan writes 30 Jul 98 - Incredible movie. I have
always understood the immense battle that occurred on the beaches of Normandy.
Through books and old photos, I had envisioned what had happened there
and how awful it was for those men. I never thought that those images in
my mind could have been put on film.
Every detail that I had read about in a history book was
covered in the invasion - the serious loss of life, the obstacles on the
beach, men getting sea sick before they landed, the soldiers drowning from
the weight of their packs. Perhaps the only major detail that the movie
wasn't able to capture was that this invasion started at the break of dawn
and lasted hour after hour. We were spared to only have to endure 20 minutes
of this day.
To have captured so perfectly the conditions of war and
D-Day makes this a movie that is almost a documentary. The emotions and
feelings that it brings out are so important to remember!
Fan writes 30 Jul 98 - Just got home from seeing
the film with my youngest brother and pulled up your web site. Enormous
impact. I have three brothers. Our father was an infantry Captain and fought
on the front lines in the Pacific for almost two years, earning four (4)
Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star. Our mother lost all three of her brothers
in the war. One during pilot training, the eldest on the Bataan Death march
after being captured at Corrigidor and the last was killed commanding a
tank crew on Saipan. Her father was a career Army Chaplain. He and grandma
were faithful in praising God for the contribution their sons made to the
cause of freedom, yet the horrible loss did shorten their lives.
To me this film graphically portrays the horror of war
and the inhumanity it imposes on victor and vanquished equally. The terrible
sacrifice of our best and brightest men IS required when tyrants crush
out freedom. As a nation we must be mindful of the great price of freedom,
lest we become lazy or corrupted and loose it. This movie is a tribute
to that great price paid for us by others. A reminder of the lives lived
without brothers, sons, fathers, uncles and husbands.
Our father is almost eighty years old now and his health
is not good. As a career homicide detective I have dealt with much death
and destruction of the human body, but nothing on the scale involved in
such battles. I now more fully understand why Dad would not discuss his
experiences in combat with us. A lifetime of self-imposed silence in order
to confine such living nightmares in the recesses of memory is yet another
burden carried by our veterans. It just doesn't show on the surface of
the body like the large scars left by bullets and bombs. I can't wait to
see my Dad and hold him.... then tell him how truly grateful I am for the
courage and sacrifices he and his men "...offered on the altar of freedom".
I pray that my generation, and those following, will guard and protect
such a costly gift. That we will ".... earn it" every day that we live
by our honorable deeds on behalf of others. Truly, a valuable and inspirational
movie that may encourage other filmmakers to market something other than
the typical Hollywood trash.
Fan writes 29 Jul 98 - Normally, I'm not a big
fan of violent war movies. I originally went and saw this film because
I'm a friend of Jeremy Davies, who played the naive, cowardly Corporal
Upham and wanted to see how he did in a movie of this magnitude.
I think he had the whole theater feeling the way he did. This whole
movie was just outstanding! I had a tough time getting through the
battle scenes at the beginning and end of the movie, but that was because
they were so real! Spielberg did it once again! Tom Hanks was
also phenomenal! Oscars all around! A fan from Kansas
Fan writes 29 Jul 98 - This is the Most Excellent
film showing the impact of war on the men that were selected or chose to
defend our country that I have ever seen. It really makes you think of
how War affects the families. My Grandmother sent SEVEN SONS into WWII.
My father was wounded, but he and all his brothers returned alive. They
are from Greenville, Hunt County, Texas. The same county that Audie Murphy
was from. How my Grandmother must have worried while they were all away
serving their country. Until this movie, I had never thought much about
the wars affect on our family, but I'm sure there were many things I did
not understand, because I can remember very little being said.
Fan writes 28 Jul 98 - I am only 16 and I have
seen Saving Private Ryan and let me tell you that movie really hit home
for me. Since I did not live during any of the big wars I had no idea war
was as malicious as it is portrayed in Saving Private Ryan. If you are
a teenager reading this Go Out and See Saving Private Ryan. It will put
you in a whole new light about how you feel about your parents and your
life in general.
Fan writes 28 Jul 98 - I've seen the movie and
it's the best war movie I've ever seen. The scenes were so graphic
it made you feel as if you were really there. Go see it!! A fan from Canada.
Fan writes 28 Jul 98 - I saw Saving Private Ryan
twice! I've seen many war movies but I have never ever seen a war movie
that moving. All those people out there who don't respect the veterans
that fought for our country need to see this movie. It shows war.
My dad is a Vietnam vet and he wants to see the film sometime too.
I'd recommend it to anyone I know but I'll be sure to tell them, it doesn't
hide anything. A fan from eastern NC.
Fan writes 27 Jul 98 - Without a doubt, the best
war film I have seen. Opening scene with Ryan as older vet and remembering
the violence tugs at your heart. That first half hour grips you and doesn't
let go. Spielberg always drives a point into you. All the sights and sounds
of combat ring true. The rolling waves colored a blood red, but dulled.
The men, wounded, dying, or already dead sprawled on the waters edge surrounded
by dead fish, something no one but Spielberg would think of. What a genius!
The sounds of bullets flying by, whizzing past had me almost ducking. The
underwater shots of men drowning under their heavy packs. Machine gun bullets
entering the water at rakish angles sometimes finding their marks. Chaos,
bedlam, shocked silence from bursting shells. Blown up GIs with a limb
or two missing. The yelling, screaming, cursing and frozen men afraid to
move. No one should miss this movie. A classic for years to come. Once
again, Spielberg attains the highest. A fan from Philadelphia.
Fan writes 27 Jul 98 - Perfect timing for this
film, just when the rest of world is "missing" the value of human life.
I will never forget what my History teacher told our high school class
one day... "History repeats itself". I pray to God that we never
have to see what those fine young men of America saw during that war.....
This movie allowed me to see that men fighting war are not just "Soldiers",
they are our Brothers, Uncles, Fathers, ... Family and friends. A fan from
Fan writes 27 Jul 98 - I strongly recommend the
younger generation (those who haven't experienced wars but not the under-age
ones, since it may be horrifying to them) to watch this excellent movie
and learn the real meaning of freedom and how precious life is. (salute
to those who severed in the wars). The movie was so real that you
may think that you need to find cover. One reminder though, don't
get too close to the screen, especially if you are seeing it on a big screen.
That's how I got motion sickness in the first 30 mins.
Fan writes 27 Jul 98 - Two full days after screening
Steven Spielberg's epic tragedy "Saving Private Ryan" I am haunted by the
violence in a way that disturbs me. Never before have the sights
and sounds of any war been captured so effectively on screen. Spielberg
and his team have certainly outdone themselves. The sound design
is particularly noteworthy as I witnessed various film patrons dodging
bullets along with the soldiers.
The performances, aside from Matt Damon, who felt as if
he were dropping in from another war, really moved me. Jeremy Davies'
turn as the confused and cowardly soldier really stood out and I am surprised
that he is not gaining more widespread praise. Tom Hanks proves once
again that he can serve as our human touchstone while traversing a grim
landscape. Tom Sizemore comes across as a soulful and world weary
sidekick and feels much like the father figure of the whole troop.
One thing that I must point out is quite troubling.
The heightened violence featured in the film resembles too many of the
video games that kids spend hours playing each day. For this reason,
the opening scene, while reaching new heights in war time realism, also
managed to stir a great number of young men in my audience to applaud and
whoop it up. This I can only attribute to the disconnect my generation
must feel from this type of fighting. We haven't seen action like
this since, well, since Sony Playstation. So it is with great trepidation
that I recommend this anti-war film to everyone. Go see this movie.
However, keep in mind, the horrific images that you will see played out
before can't compare to the horror of watching young boys clap along and
cheer in the theaters as they watch, waiting for their turn in Normandy.
Fan writes 27 Jul 98 - This film has given me a
new respect for lives lost in defense of our country. A former Army man
myself, I had it very easy and nothing compared to what they experienced
on the battle field. Spielberg drove it home with this one. No one spoke
during the ending credits and it was a packed house. Emotional, lump in
your throat, tear jerker and you will appreciate everything you have in
your life little bit more after seeing this film. A must see. A fan from
Fan writes 26 Jul 98 - Saving Private Ryan is the
most thought-provoking film I've seen in years. It verges on epic.
More than 24 hours after I left the theater, I am still struck with thoughts
about this film and its three-dimensional characters. I can't recommend
it strongly enough. While difficult to watch in terms of realistically
portrayed violence and suffering, this film did more to help me comprehend
what WWII must have been like than all the history courses I've ever taken
and all the WWII literature I've ever read. It is a profound movie-going
experience. The entire cast, and particularly Tom Hanks, gives brilliant
Fan writes 26 Jul 98 - I have never seen a movie
which portrays the horrors of an amphibious landing as graphically as Saving
Private Ryan. The Longest Day, a movie primarily about the Normandy
landings, didn't even come close. Just from the first 25 minutes
of the film, I can understand why war vets don't want to talk about their
experiences if they were really in the heat of battle. It is an excellent
movie. The only thing that I felt after viewing the movie was that
there are some things, such as the horrible brutality of war, which should
be left unknown.
Fan writes 26 Jul 98 - I would like to thank every
man that set foot on the beaches of Normandy. To bow my head and shed a
tear for every man that gave or risked his life to preserve our freedom.
I will never know war, but Steven Spielberg has brought me close.
Fan writes 25 Jul 98 - This movie was such a great
movie. I recommend everybody to see this movie. The movie really
touched me very deeply. I would go and see it again. The only thing
that I really did not like about the movie was how bloody it was in the
beginning but, I came to realize that the real D-Day was just as bad and
if not then worse. I loved the movie.
Fan writes 25 Jul 98 - I just viewed the film with
my wife and 12 year old son. I did not think any film would touch
me as deeply this year as Titanic but I have to admit this one finds that
deep a nerve. My son (who survived the gore admirably) learned more
about the REAL Normandy invasion in ten minutes tonight than he will glean
from the rest of his school history courses. He also has a new respect
for veterans like his grandfather and uncles who served in WWII and Korea.
Go Hanks...and Spielberg....and John Williams!!!!!!!!!! Where do we go
from here????? A fan from North Carolina
Fan writes 25 Jul 98 - Shut down Hollywood!
What is the point of continuing? I cannot imagine another film ever
surpassing Saving Private Ryan in the way that it affects its viewers.
I have never been in a movie theater where the audience was as completely
silent and absorbed in the movie. I was crying within the first three
minutes of the movie and I could hear grown men crying around me before
the movie was over. Thank God for Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks
and for making this movie while so many WWII veterans are still around
Fan Writes 6 July 98 - I am waiting with some interest
to see this movie when it is released later this month. While I knew
Steven Spielberg had an interest in WWII and went to great lengths to ensure
the images you see in his WWII movies are accurate, I did not realize just
how far he went. ... DreamWorks were looking for before and
after battle shots of Normandy villages and road/rail bridges, in order
to build a set true-to-life as possible for the movie. The National
Archives of Canada collection produced about 200 photos which were sent
to California. (webmaster note - the fan was involved on the documentation
Fan Writes 6 July 98 - I have seen the movie ...
and I have to say ... it is without a doubt ... a very very compelling
film. The first half hour is extremely intense. Tom Hanks says when
he first saw it ... he couldn't move for 20 minutes. Everyone that
was at the screening I attended felt the same way. Oscar written
all over it. Realism with a capital "R". (webmaster note - unsolicited
testimony from a fan.)
Fan writes 13 May 98 - Not all of the film was
shot on location in England. The land invasion was filmed in Co. Wexford,
Ireland. We were mainly Engineers but we also had infantry. Nearly all
of the extras used were part of the Irish Defence forces. The F.C.A. and
the Slua Muire. (webmaster note - the fan was one of the extras in the
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