Saving Private Ryan

Private Ryan
WarDrama, Action
1998

Director: Steven Spielberg Cast: Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Jeremy Davies, Giovanni Ribisi, Matt Damon, Ted Danson, Paul Giamatti, Vin Diesel, Dennis Farina, Joerg Stadler, Max Martini, Dylan Bruno, Bryan Cranston, Dale Dye, Nathan Fillion, Andrew Scott

Academy Awards: Best Director (Steven Spielberg); Best Cinematography; Best Sound; Best Film Editing; Best Sound Effects Editing

Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (Tom Hanks); Best Original Screenplay (Robert Rodat); Best Art Direction-Set Decoration; Best Makeup; Best Original Dramatic Score (John Williams)

I First Saw In: c. 2000

Synopsis: Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

Did You Know? This was the last R-rated film to top the yearly box office until American Sniper, 16 years later.

Quotables: CAPTAIN MILLER: “The Statue of Liberty is kaput!” – That’s disconcerting.

And now a Word from the Guise:
Saving Private Ryan is one of Spielberg’s greatest films. My favourite scene is seemingly minuscule, but I find it beautifully shot: it’s the scene where Corporal Upham (Jeremy Davies) is explaining the Édith Piaf song that’s playing over the gramophone. Then everyone begins telling stories of their sexual “conquests”. They’re all killing time, waiting for a German onslaught, bonding over small-talk, knowing that they could all be dead in a few minutes. They’ve been through hell, killed people, and watched their friends and brothers die, and they need a moment of peace. It’s the heart and soul of the film.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233