As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.
|Release Date||:||July 24, 1998|
|Genres||:||Drama, History, War|
|Production Company||:||Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Amblin Entertainment, Mutual Film Company, Mark Gordon Productions|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Steven Spielberg, Ana Maria Quintana, Sergio Mimica-Gezzan|
|Writers||:||Robert Rodat, John Greaves|
|Casts||:||Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Dennis Farina, Max Martini, Joerg Stadler, Harve Presnell, Matt Damon, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Vin Diesel, Adam Goldberg, Giovanni Ribisi, Jeremy Davies, Ted Danson, Paul Giamatti, Dylan Bruno, Daniel Cerqueira, Demetri Goritsas, Ian Porter, Gary Sefton, Julian Spencer, Kathleen Byron, Nathan Fillion, Bryan Cranston, Steve Griffin, William Marsh, Marc Cass, Markus Napier, Neil Finnighan, Peter Miles, Paul Garcia, Seamus McQuade, David Wohl, Valerie Colgan, Martin Hub, Anna Maguire|
|Plot Keywords||:||killing, loss of brother, loss of lover, war crimes, self sacrifice, war veteran, world war ii, burn, war ship, wound, war strategy, dying and death, airplane, bravery, machinegun, to shoot dead, normandy, parachute, troops, waffen ss, omaha beach, molotow cocktail, army, cowardice, title spoken by character, american flag, dead soldier, war memorial, plane wreck, tank, helmet, deserted town, 1940s|
To think that this movie did not win Best Picture is a crime. Director Steven Spielberg uses all of his talent and resources to give to the world the greatest war film ever made.
Though it's true that this is not the type of movie you want to sit down with the family and eat popcorn, the emotional drive of the picture, the story's poignant messages, and the fantastic acting of the cast draws you into a world that is both dangerous and unpredictable.
Spielberg is able to take you into action and make you feel as if you are a participant in the movie and not just a viewer. This is Tom Hanks' best movie he ever did. Forget his performances in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump (though they were also good); he should have received another Oscar for the role of Capt. John Miller, a leader who must act strong in front of his men, but must also hide his emotions from them. It would have been well-deserved if he won again.
I give this movie my highest recommendation. Saving Private Ryan is a movie that makes you realize how life is precious and how honor and duty, though they are deep philosophical concepts that are praised in war, can put you in jeopardy of losing your life for something you may not believe in.