Make your own free website on


Saving Private Ryan

Home | Million Dollar Baby | Lincoln's Letter to Mrs. Bixby | The Matrix Trilogy | Lincoln's Gettysberg Address | Lincoln's Letter to his son's Headmaster | The Godfather | Schindler's List | Saving Private Ryan | Nineteen Eighty Four | Freedom at Midnight | Forrest Gump


Saving Private Ryan, Steven Spielberg's acclaimed 1998 film about small-unit action during the early days of the Normandy battle, is perhaps one of Hollywood's best attempts to depict the horror and yet-mesmerizing spectacle of battle. It reawakened an interest in World War II and spurred directors to make their war movies more graphically realistic. Even more important, it made many of us sit up and realize just how much we owe to the rapidly dwindling number of World War II veterans.

Based loosely on a real life incident of the war, Saving Private Ryan is the story of an 8-man squad of U.S. Army Rangers detailed to find Private James Ryan, a paratrooper whose three brothers - all soldiers serving in combat units - have lost their lives. When Army Chief of Staff Gen. George C. Marshall (Harve Presnell) is told that Mrs. Ryan is going to get all three death-notification telegrams in one day, he orders that someone has to find the sole surviving Ryan boy in Normandy and "get him the hell out of there."

The officer assigned to lead this almost impossible task is Capt. John Miller (Tom Hanks), who on D-Day saw action on Omaha Beach. A veteran of many battles in the Mediterranean, Miller is chosen for his skill at undertaking tough assignments. Relieved temporarily of his company command, Miller leads six Rangers and a company clerk/translator to find - and save Private Ryan.

In Saving Private Ryan, Spielberg carries audiences into the middle of battle, never flinching or looking away from the worst spectacles of war. It is a look at the bond between soldiers in a small unit, and it shows the camaraderie and genuine affection soldiers feel for one another.