Saving Private Ryan (1998)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 49 mins

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Set against the violent backdrop of the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944, members of the 2nd Ranger Battalion under Cpt. Miller fight ashore to secure a beachhead. Amidst the fighting, two brothers are killed in action. Earlier in New Guinea, a third brother is KIA. Their mother, Mrs. Ryan, is to receive all three of the grave telegrams on the same day. The United States Army Chief of Staff, George C. Marshall, is given an opportunity to alleviate some of her grief when he learns of a fourth brother, Private James Ryan, and decides to send out 8 men (Cpt. Miller and select members from 2nd Rangers) to find him and bring him back home to his mother...
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Did you know? The two "German" soldiers who are shot trying to surrender were speaking Czech. They were saying, "Please don't shoot me, I am not German, I am Czech, I didn't kill anyone, I am Czech!" They were members of what the Germans called Ost [East] Battalions, men - mostly Czech and Polish - taken prisoner in eastern European countries invaded by Germany and forced into the German army. Read More
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as Private Ryan
as Captain Miller
as Sergeant Horvath
as Private Mellish
as Delancey
as Jean's Daughter
as Private Jackson
as War Department Colonel
as Radioman
as War Department Colonel
as Paratrooper Oliver
as Parker
as Lieutenant Colonel Anderson
as Toynbe
as Private Reiben
as Rice
as T-4 Medic Wade
as General Marshall
as Trask
as Corporal Upham
as Steamboat Willie
as Garrity
as Lieutenant DeWindt
as Fallon
as Major Hoess
as Corporal Henderson
as Minnesota Ryan
as Ramelle Paratrooper
as Paratrooper Joe
as Field HQ Major
as Sergeant Hill
as Ramelle Paratrooper
as Lieutenant Briggs
as Coxswain
as Field HQ Aide
as Wilson
as Captain Hamill
as Private Caparzo
as Lyle

Direction

Director
Second Assistant Director

Writers

Story Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography

Music

Music Director

Sound

Sound Re-recording Mixer
Foley Artist
Sound Mixer

Casting

Casting Director

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer

Editorial

Editor

Makeup and Hair

Makeup Artist
Hair Stylist

Special Effects

Special Effects Technician

Stunts

Stunt Coordinator

Visual Effects

Visual Effects Supervisor
Visual Effects Coordinator
Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Goofs:
Audio/Video Mismatch
When the soldiers approach the disabled Tiger to finish it off, there is a shot from Jackson's viewpoint in the steeple and you can hear his rifle fire although it does not.

Audio/Video Mismatch
During the Ramelle battle, Cpl. Henderson and Pvt. Mellish are firing through a hole in the wall of a room at advancing German soldiers. After Henderson fires through the wall, then returning fire hits him, Mellish fires two shots through the wall before charging the German soldier in the doorway. There is no sound for his first shot.

Audio/Video Mismatch
During the opening Omaha landing scene, the coxswain of the boat says, "Clear the ramp, 30 seconds! God be with ya!" The last two words, "with ya", are clearly not synchronized with his lips.

Character Error
As Jackson makes a run for the ditch to take out the machine gunner, he clearly passes the wall, in the next shot though he is still leaning against the wall.

Character Error
Before the last battle, the squad is listening to an Édith Piaf song "Tu es Partout", and Upham seems to be translating the song as she is singing it. But the translation he gives is from a later part in the song, one we don't get to hear.

Character Error
In the end at the battle of Ramelle, you see cpl. Henderson and Mellish covering the east flank in a building with a hole in the wall. You see Mellish shooting through it with an M1 Garand, one guy pops up and Mellish shoots him, then two more guys pop up, he fires one shot and both of them die.

Continuity
At 1:23:18 of the film, there's a wide angle shot that shows the men crossing a field. There are eight men in the field, but Caparzo is dead; there should be seven men. There are only seven men after the cut, when they assemble seconds later in the trench before they encounter the radar station.

Continuity
When the soldiers are about to search through the Airborne's dog tags they head towards a single crate, meaning to use it as a table. When they reach the crate an ammo box has appeared, stacked on top. Jackson knocks the top box off.

Continuity
Miller places his right hand on top of his left when he sits down with Ryan. His hands switch positions between shots as they talk.

Crew/Equipment Visible
During the final battle at the bridge, right after Sgt. Horvath fires the bazooka for the last time he starts to run across the bridge with the bazooka. In the bottom right corner, for a second you can see the camera operator and a man in a white shirt helping him.

Crew/Equipment Visible
After the squad reaches the crashed glider and Miller is shouting Ryan's name, the extras for the scene are visible to the left, being held back and sent in on cue to form the column of airborne soldiers

Factual Mistake
The driver's viewport on a Tiger I featured 6 layers of armored glass, as well as another sheet just behind them. These systems would have prevented Captain Miller from simply sticking his submachine gun up to the port and spraying the inside of the driver's compartment with bullets.

Factual Mistake
In the scene where Jackson is firing from the bell tower, he fires 8 shots. The standard Springfield sniper rifle could only hold a maximum of 5 rounds. Jackson never reloads, and if he did, he would have had to take quite a bit of time as each round had to be inserted one at a time, due to the scope being in the way, the rounds could not be inserted using a stripper clip.

Errors in Geography
During the sniper scene in the French village, Pvt. Jackson is preparing to make a shot against the German sniper. He utters "(so many clicks) left wind..." as he is twisting the objective ring at the front of his scope. The objective only focuses the scope to eliminate parallax, it doesn't change the windage adjustment.
Trivia:
Tom Sizemore was battling a drug addiction during production. Steven Spielberg gave him an ultimatum that he would be blood tested on the set every day of filming, and if he failed the test once he would be fired and the part of Horvath would be recast and re-shot with someone else, even if it was at the end of production.

The two "German" soldiers who are shot trying to surrender were speaking Czech. They were saying, "Please don't shoot me, I am not German, I am Czech, I didn't kill anyone, I am Czech!" They were members of what the Germans called Ost [East] Battalions, men - mostly Czech and Polish - taken prisoner in eastern European countries invaded by Germany and forced into the German army.

When Tom Hanks' character tells the rest of the unit what he does for a living back home, Hanks' speech was much longer in the original script. But Hanks felt that his character wouldn't have said so much about himself, and he told director Steven Spielberg so. Spielberg agreed, and the speech was shortened.

Cinemas were instructed to up the volume when they showed the film as the sound effects play such a crucial part in its overall effect.

All the principal actors underwent several days of grueling army training - except for Matt Damon, who was spared so that the other actors would resent him, and would convey that resentment in their performances.

The film was blocked by the Censor Board of India for too much violence. The Board demanded cuts that Steven Spielberg declined to make, and instead he decided not to release the movie in India at all. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, the then Home Minister of India saw the movie himself and, impressed, ordered it to be released uncut.

In the German-dubbed version of the movie, one of the actors, himself a German veteran of the Normandy invasion, couldn't deal with emotional realism of the film and dropped out and had to be replaced.

Steven Spielberg cast Matt Damon as Ryan because he wanted an unknown actor with an All-American look. He didn't know Damon would win an Oscar for Good Will Hunting (1997) and become an overnight star before the film was released.

Two of the landing craft used in the Omaha Beach scenes were actually in use in World War II.

All the main actors besides Matt Damon were forced to undergo a brutal week long fitness camp for their roles as soldiers. Damon was exempt from it in order to generate genuine resentment towards him and his character.