Saving Private Ryan

When Steven Spielberg was an adolescent, his first home movie was a backyard war film. When he toured Europe with
i Duel
i0 in his 20s, he saw old men crumble in front of headstones at Omaha Beach. That image became the opening scene of
i Saving Private Ryan
i0 , his film of a mission following the D-day invasion that many have called the most realistic--and maybe the best--war film ever. 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
i Schindler's List
i0 , but it's more kinetic. Spielberg and his ace technicians (the film won five Oscars: editing (Michael Kahn), cinematography (Janusz Kaminski), sound, sound effects, and directing) deliver battle sequences that wash over the eyes and hit the gut. The violence is extreme but never gratuitous. The final battle, a dizzying display of gusto, empathy, and chaos, leads to a profound repose.
i Saving Private Ryan
i0 touches us deeper than
i Schindler
i0 because it succinctly links the past with how we should feel today. It's the film Spielberg was destined to make.
i --Doug Thomas

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upc: 9781417006915
title: Saving Private Ryan
theatricalDate: 24-07-1998
stars: Tom Hanks
Tom Sizemore
Edward Burns
Barry Pepper
Adam Goldberg
purchase date: 19-06-2007
publisher: Dreamworks Video
published: 25-05-2004
price: $19.99
net Rating: 4.5
MPAA Rating: R
minutes: 169
number of media: 2
last lookup time: 204001072
genre: Drama
World War II
Heroic Missions
War Epics
Action & Adventure
Special Editions
fullTitle: Saving Private Ryan (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition)
features: AC-3
edition: Two-Disc Special
director: Steven Spielberg
currentValue: $7.99
created: 204001072
country: us
aspect: DVD
asin: B0001NBLVI