A war epic which tells the story of four brothers from the same family who are all fighting in the Second World War. On Washingtons orders Captain Miller is sent behind enemy lines to bring back the sole surviving brother, Private Ryan. 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 invasion as Miller. his second-in-command, Sergeant Horvath (Tom Sizemore), and the others in the unit land at Omaha Beach. Before the film began shooting, Hanks and the actors in his squad went through a one-week boot camp in the woods. All the actors, except Hanks, wanted to quit, but Hanks rallied their spirits by reminding them of the incredible tribulations endured by the real veterans of World War II. Production designer Tom Sanders found a beach in Ireland that perfectly matched the landscape of Normandy's. Spielberg gave great credit to the Irish army who helped re-create the Omaha Beach scenes.
Introduction from director Steven Spielberg
'Looking Into The Past': Steven Spielberg explains the research, the screenplay and his intentions
'Miller And His Platoon': Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and the cast introduce the characters they played
'Boot Camp': memories from the participants about the intense boot camp under the supervision of military advisor Dale Dye
'Making Saving Private Ryan': a look at the production, costumes and photography
'Recreating Omaha Beach': how the famous opening battle was constructed
'Music And Sound': information from the Oscar-winning team who scored the film
'Parting Words': Spielberg and Hanks conclude on their respective experiences
Release Date: 01 November 2004
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Running Time: 162 minutes
Production Year: 1998
Main Language: English
Excellent, well told story
Dramatic and gritty from the start. Action, direction and camerawork all top notch. A good addition to anyones' collection.