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Saving Private Ryan (Widescreen Edition) (1998)

A movie directed by Steven Spielberg

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Command is a lonely place

  • Aug 13, 2010
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As a retired army officer and an adjunct history professor I thought it was important to review what I consider the best war movies depicting the challenges of leadership and the command of men.
 
This is the best movie depicting the “lonely place” command can be, especially when you do not believe in the mission!  “Saving Private Ryan” is the greatest Hollywood movie showing the reality of infantry combat ever made.  The first 30 minutes showing the D-Day invasion was only missing the sense of smell to complete the realism! 
 
Tom Hanks is Ranger Captain John Miller who receives orders from the “top” to take 8 of his men and comb the countryside for airborne Pvt. James Ryan, (Matt Damon), because he has recently lost 3 of his brothers in combat; thus, leaving him as the sole survivor, and the “brass” wants to get him home.  Looking for a needle in the haystack and fighting several skirmishes doing it while his men gripe and moan why they must needlessly put their lives in danger is the real life tension and challenge of command that makes this movie # 1 on my list of movies depicting command challenges.  I know I cried at the ending, how about you?
 

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August 15, 2010
This is one of my favorite war movies! Thanks for the review!
 
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Quick Tip by . August 13, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Command is a lonely place As a retired army officer and an adjunct history professor I thought it was important to review what I consider the best war movies depicting the challenges of leadership and the command of men. This is the best movie depicting the "lonely place" command can be, especially when you do not believe in the mission! "Saving Private Ryan" is the greatest Hollywood movie showing the reality of infantry combat ever made. The first 30 minutes showing the D-Day invasion was only …
Quick Tip by . July 27, 2010
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Speilbergs great film to date. The second greatest war film to Apolycapse Now.
Quick Tip by . June 11, 2010
Accurate depiction of WWII; touching, honest.
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
One of my favorite war movies! Feels like your in the action. Inspired me to joing the military
review by . March 13, 2010
This is by far my favorite film of all time. I could literally watch it weekly the rest of my life and never get tired of it. It's just filmmaking done perfectly. For anyone that has not seen this film, I highly suggest giving it a watch!
review by . April 07, 2009
I guess with the age of video games and virtual reality upon us, it was only a matter of time for someone to capture the most realistic war scenes that have ever been depicted in film. The landing and ground fighting shown in the Normandy invasion literally makes the viewer feel like they were transported in time and are actually experiencing the real thing!     Tom Hanks is brilliant as a shell-shocked veteran who is asked to perform a special service. That is to go through …
review by . February 10, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
I guess with the age of video games and virtual reality upon us, it was only a matter of time for someone to capture the most realistic war scenes that have ever been depicted in film. The landing and ground fighting shown in the Normandy invasion literally makes the viewer feel like they were transported in time and are actually experiencing the real thing!    Tom Hanks is brilliant as a shell-shocked veteran who is asked to perform a special service. That is to go through enemy …
review by . September 15, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
According to veterans of D-Day, this is one of very few films which come about as close as possible to portraying what it is like to be there. Director Spielberg and his crew recreate the arrival of Allied forces at Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, by using water-level and then ground-level handheld cameras during a 24-minute sequence of especially graphic carnage. Later, Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) and his men are given an assignment to locate Private James Ryan (Matt Damon) and remove him from …
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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: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

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Director: Steven Spielberg
Screen Writer: Robert Rodat
DVD Release Date: November 2, 1999
Runtime: 197 minutes
Studio: Paramount Home Video
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