SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.8|5.0 Starsìììì

Saving Private Ryan—partially based on the true story of the Niland family’s losses during World War II—begins with a graphic portrayal of the Omaha Beach, Normandy, France invasion and quickly becomes an unforgettable World War II film. It’s a ‘Steven Spielberg at his best’ film that provides a moving portrayal of endeavor to provide some relief to families stricken with multiple losses during wartime.

Storyline

Margaret Ryan (Amanda Boxer) loses three of her four sons during World War II and has one remaining son, Private James Francis Ryan (Matt Damon), still on the front. Captain John H. Miller (Tom Hanks) is assigned a team to bring Private James Francis Ryan home.

Additional Thanks

Best Work for Director and Producer Steven Spielberg. Thank you to Producers Ian Bryce, Gary Levinsohn, and Mark Gordon for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Sergeant Horvath (Tom Sizemore), Private Reiben (Edward Burns), Private Jackson (Barry Pepper), Private Mellish (Adam Goldberg), Private Caparzo (Vin Diesel), T-4 Medic Wade (Giovanni Ribisi), Corporal Upham (Jeremy Davies), Captain Hamill (Ted Danson), Sergeant Hill (Paul Giamatti), Lieutenant Colonel Anderson (Dennis Farina), Steamboat Willie (Joerg Stadler), and Corporal Henderson (Max Martini).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It’s an excellent World War II story, well told.

Ben Meyers

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