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When Steven Spielberg was an adolescent, his first home movie was a backyard war film. When he toured Europe with Duel in his 20s, he saw old men crumble in front of headstones at Omaha Beach. That image became the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan, his film of a mission following the D-day invasion that many have called the most realistic--and maybe the best--war film ever. With 1998 production standards, Spielberg has been able to create a stunning, unparalleled view of war as hell. We are at Omaha Beach as troops are slaughtered by Germans yet overcome the almost insurmountable odds.

A stalwart Tom Hanks plays Captain Miller, a soldier's soldier, who takes a small band of troops behind enemy lines to retrieve a private whose three brothers have recently been killed in action. It's a public relations move for the Army, but it has historical precedent dating back to the Civil War. Some critics of the film have labeled the central characters stereotypes. If that is so, this movie gives stereotypes a good name: Tom Sizemore as the deft sergeant, Edward Burns as the hotheaded Private Reiben, Barry Pepper as the religious sniper, Adam Goldberg as the lone Jew, Vin Diesel as the oversize Private Caparzo, Giovanni Ribisi as the soulful medic, and Jeremy Davies, who as a meek corporal gives the film its most memorable performance.

The movie is as heavy and realistic as Spielberg's Oscar-winning Schindler's List, but it's more kinetic. Spielberg and his ace technicians (the film won five Oscars: editing (Michael Kahn), cinematography (Janusz Kaminski), sound, sound effects, and directing) deliver battle sequences that wash over the eyes and hit the gut. The violence is extreme but never gratuitous. The final battle, a dizzying display of gusto, empathy, and chaos, leads to a profound repose. Saving Private Ryan touches us deeper than Schindler because it succinctly links the past with how we should feel today. It's the film Spielberg was destined to make. --Doug Thomas

DVD Features

  • Exclusive Message from Steven Spielberg
  • Saving Private Ryan - "Into The Breach"
  • 2 Theatrical Trailers
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmaker's Bios

Cast

Tom HanksCaptain Miller
Tom SizemoreSergeant Horvath
Edward BurnsPrivate Reiben
Barry PepperPrivate Jackson
Adam GoldbergPrivate Mellish
Vin DieselPrivate Caparzo
Giovanni RibisiT-4 Medic Wade
Jeremy DaviesCorporal Upham
Matt DamonPrivate Ryan
Ted DansonCaptain Hamill
Paul GiamattiSergeant Hill
Dennis FarinaLieutenant Colonel Anderson
Joerg StadlerSteamboat Willie
Max MartiniCorporal Henderson (as Maximilian Martini)
Dylan BrunoToynbe
Daniel CerqueiraWeller
Demetri GoritsasParker
Ian PorterTrask
Gary SeftonRice
Julian SpencerGarrity
Steve GriffinWilson
William MarshLyle
Marc CassFallon
Markus NapierMajor Hoess
Neil FinnighanRamelle Paratrooper
Peter MilesRamelle Paratrooper
Paul GarciaField HQ Major
Seamus McQuadeField HQ Aide
Ronald LongridgeCoxswain
Adam ShawDelancey
Rolf SaxonLieutenant Briggs
Corey JohnsonRadioman
Loclann AikenSoldier on the Beach
John BarnettSoldier on the Beach
Nathan FillionMinnesota Ryan
Minnesota RyanLieutenant DeWindt
Harve PresnellGeneral Marshall
Dale DyeWar Department Colonel
Bryan CranstonWar Department Colonel
John de LancieLetter-Reader

Official URL

http://www.rzm.com/pvt.ryan/index.html
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  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Theme(s): Military, Historical, World War II
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Producer: DreamWorks
  • Length: 170 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJul 24, 1998
    EuropeSep 11, 1998
    JapanSep 26, 1998
    AustraliaNov 19, 1998
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaMA
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaMay 4, 2010
    EuropeApr 26, 2010
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaNov 2, 1999
    EuropeNov 6, 2000
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