Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 film directed by Steven Spielberg dealing with the World War II Battle of Normandy.

The film is particularly notable for the intensity of the scenes in its first twenty minutes or so, which depict the Omaha beachhead assault of June 6, 1944. Thereafter it takes a very heavily fictionalised route built around the search for a particular member of the United States 101st Airborne Division. The beachhead assault and the other battles shown in the movie have inspired many PC and video games, such as Unreal Tournament (1999), Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault and Frontline, and Call of Duty, all of which have tried to re-create the famous D-day landing.

Spielberg later pursued his interest in the Normandy campaign with the television mini-series Band of Brothers which he co-produced with Tom Hanks.

Awards

The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, and won five: for Best Director, Best Film Editing (Michael Kahn), Best Cinematography, Best Sound, and Best Sound Effects Editing.

Synopsis

Spoiler warning: Plot or ending details follow.

The general plot of the film, as the title suggests, is a humanitarian rescue mission led by John Miller, an army captain, played by Tom Hanks to return the last surviving Ryan brother from the Normandy front line to his mother. Many critics commented that the film seemed marred somewhat by Spielberg's propensity for sentimentalism.

Miller, as played by Hanks, conceals his erstwhile profession of schoolteacher and his background from the troops under his command; the uncovering of Miller's background becomes a sub-plot of the film in as much as the men have a pool on his origins, which he steadfastly refuses to reveal. Under intensely difficult circumstances, Miller displays a decisive and courageous manner to his soldiers - his suppressed nervousness is communicated only by his unsteady hands.

The bond between Miller and his men is forged in the beachhead assault on a German bunker, where his decisive action saved the day.

As the position consolidates, Miller is given his new assigment, to find Private Ryan, who had been parachuted in as a member of the 101st Airborne, which, as the film historically correctly asserts, was scattered widely across Normandy. Ryan is the sole surviving member of four brothers, the other three having been killed in action. The American command takes the decision to bring him back for his mother's sake.

Eventually, at the expense of two members of their unit, Miller and his men catch up with Ryan. They break the news of his brothers' deaths to him and tell him that he is going home. Ryan is reluctant in the decision but decides not to desert his strategically important post. Miller and his men protect him, and all but two members of the unit are killed in a ferocious German tank assault on the bridge over the Merderet River in the (fictional) village of Ramelle, which they are defending. Ryan survives, but Miller is killed in the assault.

Historical background

The real "Ryan" was Sgt. Frederick (Fritz) Niland who, with some other members of the 101st, was inadvertently dropped too far inland. They eventually made their own way back to their unit at Carentan, where the Chaplain, Lt. Col. Father Francis Sampson, told Niland about the death of his three brothers, two at Normandy and one in the Far East. Under the US War Department's Sole Survivor Policy, brought about following the death of five Sullivan brothers serving on the same ship, Fr. Sampson arranged passage back to Britain and thereafter to his parents, Augusta and Michael Niland, in Tonawanda. There was no behind-the-lines Ranger rescue mission, Niland was not a simple private, his mother was not a widow, nor is she believed to have received all three telegrams together. Additionally, the brother believed killed in the Far East turned out to have been captured and later returned home. Fr. Francis Sampson wrote about Niland and the story of the 101st, in his 1958 book, Look Out Below! (ISBN 1877702005).

Main cast

  • Tom Hanks - Captain John Miller, a former schoolteacher
  • Edward Burns - Private Richard Reiben, from Brooklyn.
  • Tom Sizemore - Sgt. Michael Horvath
  • Matt Damon - Private James Ryan
  • Jeremy Davies - Corporal Timothy E. Upham, added to Millers's team as an interpreter, speaking French and German. He is presented as somewhat na´ve and cowardly
  • Adam Goldberg - Private Stanley Mellish
  • Barry Pepper - Private Daniel Jackson, the sniper of Miller's group
  • Giovanni Ribisi - Private Irwin Wade, the medic of Miller's group
  • Vin Diesel - Private Adrian Caparzo
  • Ted Danson - Captain Fred Hamill
  • Paul Giamatti - SSgt. William Hill
  • Dennis Farina - Lt. Col. Walter Anderson
  • Harve Presnell - Gen. George C. Marshall


See the page at the Internet Movie Database (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120815/) for a more comprehensive cast list.

Filming locations

Locations for the film include:

  • World War II Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial: first and last scenes of the movie
  • Hatfield, Hertfordshire
  • Curracloe, Wexford, Ireland: D-Day scene

2004 broadcast controversy

The film was the focus of some controversy leading up to a Veterans Day 2004 broadcast of the film by ABC. A significant number of ABC affiliates decided to preempt the network's broadcast due to concerns of repercussions from the FCC due to the film's depiction of violence and profanity. Although the film had been broadcast by all ABC affiliates in two prior years, the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy and the subsequent FCC response led at least 66 stations to choose not to broadcast it, including:

  • WOI-TV in Des Moines, Iowa
  • WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia
  • KITV-TV in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • WHAS-TV of Louisville, Kentucky
  • WSOC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • WGNO-TV of New Orleans, Louisiana
  • WCPO-TV of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • KVUE-TV of Austin, Texas
  • WMUR-TV of Manchester, New Hampshire
  • WTEN-TV of Albany, New York
  • WCDC-TV of Adams, Massachusetts
  • WRIC-TV of Richmond, Virginia
  • All ABC affiliates owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group

The affiliates which chose not to broadcast the film represented over a third of the network's potential viewing audience; besides Sinclair, some ABC stations owned by Cox Television, Belo, Hearst-Argyle, McGraw-Hill, and EW Scripps all chose to preempt the film. In its stead, affilates showed alternative films, such as Hoosiers, Far & Away, and Return to Mayberry. Other stations showed infomercials, while other affiliates showed their own tributes to Veterans Day.

Months later, the FCC released a statement that stated the affiliates would not have been banned if they presented the film.

Trivia

This is one of three Tom Hanks movies, (along with Forrest Gump and Apollo 13) where socks play a role in the plot. The G.I.s use socks for the shells of their sticky bombs.


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Frederick (Fritz) Niland who, with some other members of the 101st, was inadvertently dropped too far inland. Cole lets him know that he may be able to talk to his wife when she is asleep. The real "Ryan" was Sgt. Cole and Crowe talk again. Ryan survives, but Miller is killed in the assault. Cole acts in another school play, as the lead role of King Arthur. Miller and his men protect him, and all but two members of the unit are killed in a ferocious German tank assault on the bridge over the Merderet River in the (fictional) village of Ramelle, which they are defending. Cole is much happier now, and is much more at ease with talking to the dead people, and is on better grounds with his teacher Stanley.

Ryan is reluctant in the decision but decides not to desert his strategically important post. Her mother was presumably suffering from Munchausen syndrome by proxy. They break the news of his brothers' deaths to him and tell him that he is going home. The girl's mother arrives, causing the girl to quickly hide, leaving the tape still recording and showing the girl's mother, mixing some sort of poison into her soup (presumably causing or prolonging the girl's illness). Eventually, at the expense of two members of their unit, Miller and his men catch up with Ryan. He watches what is recorded on the videotape and shows the whole of the congregation a recording of a puppet play with the girl's dolls. The American command takes the decision to bring him back for his mother's sake. In it is a videotape.

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Miller, as played by Hanks, conceals his erstwhile profession of schoolteacher and his background from the troops under his command; the uncovering of Miller's background becomes a sub-plot of the film in as much as the men have a pool on his origins, which he steadfastly refuses to reveal. In the house, Cole and Crowe make their way up to the girl Kyra's room, where they find several dolls and many videotapes. Many critics commented that the film seemed marred somewhat by Spielberg's propensity for sentimentalism. Cole notices the dead girl's younger sister, mournfully sitting on a swing. The general plot of the film, as the title suggests, is a humanitarian rescue mission led by John Miller, an army captain, played by Tom Hanks to return the last surviving Ryan brother from the Normandy front line to his mother. They arrive at a funeral in the suburbs, where mourners are passing. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, and won five: for Best Director, Best Film Editing (Michael Kahn), Best Cinematography, Best Sound, and Best Sound Effects Editing. The next day, Cole is on a bus, talking to Crowe about the previous night.

Spielberg later pursued his interest in the Normandy campaign with the television mini-series Band of Brothers which he co-produced with Tom Hanks. Cole tentatively asks the girl if she has something that she wants to tell him. The beachhead assault and the other battles shown in the movie have inspired many PC and video games, such as Unreal Tournament (1999), Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault and Frontline, and Call of Duty, all of which have tried to re-create the famous D-day landing. The girl, finished being sick, says "I'm feeling much better now". Thereafter it takes a very heavily fictionalised route built around the search for a particular member of the United States 101st Airborne Division. Initially frightened, he runs away, but returns. The film is particularly notable for the intensity of the scenes in its first twenty minutes or so, which depict the Omaha beachhead assault of June 6, 1944. Cole then encounters another dead person; this time, a sick girl who is vomiting appears in his cubby.

Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 film directed by Steven Spielberg dealing with the World War II Battle of Normandy. So, the following night, Cole is woken by his mother's cries; she is having a nightmare. All ABC affiliates owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group. Crowe suggests that he tries to help them, in order to make them go away, finishing their last tasks on earth, allowing them to finally move on. WRIC-TV of Richmond, Virginia. Crowe returns to Cole and asks him what he thinks the dead people want, that he believes that the dead people want Cole to help them. WCDC-TV of Adams, Massachusetts. Crowe realises that Cole was telling the truth.

WTEN-TV of Albany, New York. Crowe listens to the recorded silence from when Crowe had left Vincent alone; he hears the dead people. WMUR-TV of Manchester, New Hampshire. Crowe listens closely and realises a similarity to Cole's description of when he sees the dead people. KVUE-TV of Austin, Texas. Crowe returns to analyzing Vincent's session tapes. WCPO-TV of Cincinnati, Ohio. Cole knows that Crowe does not believe him.

WGNO-TV of New Orleans, Louisiana. Believing Cole is severely disturbed and that he cannot help Cole, Crowe tells Cole that he can't be his doctor any more and says that he'll transfer Cole to another doctor. WSOC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina. Crowe's situation with his wife has reached a culmination. WHAS-TV of Louisville, Kentucky. When the boy turns away, we see the back of his head has a severe gunshot wound. KITV-TV in Honolulu, Hawaii. He starts off, but a kid spontaneously appears, who invites Cole to see his father's gun.

WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. His mother gets upset and tells him to go to his room. WOI-TV in Des Moines, Iowa. Cole's mother believes that Cole moves the pendant, but Cole denies it. Curracloe, Wexford, Ireland: D-Day scene. Later, Cole and his mother have a disagreement about his grandmother's bumblebee pendant which has moved its location. Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Crowe says he sees nothing, but Cole tells him "You ever feel the prickly things on the back of your neck? And the tiny hairs on your arm, when they stand up? That's them.".

World War II Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial: first and last scenes of the movie. He sees three people, hanging from nooses. Marshall. Cole, after seeing the school play, walks with Crowe, but suddenly he stops in his tracks. George C. Cole runs, frightened, into a little cubby he has constructed in the apartment, filled with religious statues. Harve Presnell - Gen. A woman with cuts on her wrists screams, "No, dinner is not ready!" and "You can't hurt me any more!", "Lenny, you're a terrible husband! Look what you made me do!".

Walter Anderson. The lights in the kitchen are on. Col. The temperature drops suddenly, and we see a woman walk past. Dennis Farina - Lt. Later that night, Cole awakens, clearly needs to go to the bathroom, and runs to the toilet. William Hill. His mother is distraught; believing that the bullies hurt Cole, she telephones the mother of one of the bullies and complains.

Paul Giamatti - SSgt. Cole is taken home by his mother, who finds numerous scratches on his body. Ted Danson - Captain Fred Hamill. Crowe however, believes Cole's mental condition is even more severe than he has earlier thought. Vin Diesel - Private Adrian Caparzo. Cole decides to tell Crowe his secret:. Giovanni Ribisi - Private Irwin Wade, the medic of Miller's group. Crowe attempts to tell a bedtime story, but on Cole's prompting to tell him "why he is sad", he pours his heart out about the victim and his growing distance from his wife and how he met Cole.

Barry Pepper - Private Daniel Jackson, the sniper of Miller's group. Cole is in the hospital after his traumatic experience. Adam Goldberg - Private Stanley Mellish. He becomes very distraught, screaming and shouting, yet the children and their parents do nothing to help him. He is presented as somewhat na´ve and cowardly. Some bullies follow him up the stairs, and decide to stuff him in the small room. Upham, added to Millers's team as an interpreter, speaking French and German. But on following it, he hears phrases such as "I swear I will break through this door", "Open this door, I can't breathe in here", coming from a small room at the top of the staircase, with the door clearly open.

Jeremy Davies - Corporal Timothy E. A balloon drifts away, and Cole decides to find it. Matt Damon - Private James Ryan. Cole however, is invited to a schoolmate's birthday, to a large house, with many children. Michael Horvath. They hardly speak to each other, and seem to be going about their lives separately, but in the same house, with a wistful sadness. Tom Sizemore - Sgt. Crowe and his wife appear to be growing more and more distant.

Edward Burns - Private Richard Reiben, from Brooklyn. The enraged teacher thumps his hand on Cole's desk, telling him to "Shut up, you f-f-freak!". Tom Hanks - Captain John Miller, a former schoolteacher. On viewing this, one must wonder how Cole knew how to rattle the teacher so much, and how he knew that the schoolhouse was used for hanging people, instead of being a courthouse. In one memorable scene, where his teacher asks a question about the previous nature of the schoolhouse, Cole corrects the teacher (Cole has some insight which is gradually revealed throughout the movie), who initially dismisses Cole, but Cole gradually becomes more insistent, shouting at the end of the scene "STUTTERING STANLEY!" over and over, which clearly distresses the teacher. At school, Cole is an outcast.

Cole tells Crowe, "You're nice, but you can't help me.". They don't have meetings about rainbows", Cole says, about him drawing the picture of a man getting attacked in the neck by another with a screwdriver at school. "I draw people smiling, dogs running, rainbows,.. Concurrently, Crowe tries to aid Cole, but fails.

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