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Saving Private Ryan [DVD] [Canadian; French]
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Director Steven Spielberg's World War II tour de force chronicles the journey of a GI squad on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines. Led by Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks), the unit is under orders to track down a soldier, Private Ryan (Matt Damon), so he might return home to his mother in America, where she is grieving the unimaginable loss of her three other sons to the war. The first unforgettable 20 minutes of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN realistically and horrifically depicts the Normandy invasion as Miller. his second-in-command, Sergeant Horvath (Tom Sizemore), and the others in the unit land at Omaha Beach. Before the film began shooting, Hanks and the actors in his squad went through a one-week boot camp in the woods. All the actors, except Hanks, wanted to quit, but Hanks rallied their spirits by reminding them of the incredible tribulations endured by the real veterans of World War II. Production designer Tom Sanders found a beach in Ireland that perfectly matched the landscape of Normandy's. Spielberg gave great credit to the Irish army who helped re-create the Omaha Beach scenes.
Academy Awards Best Director 1998 Steven Spielberg Oscar-winning director/producer/screenwriter
Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1998 Janusz Kaminski
Tom Hanks, Thom Hanks, Matt Damon, Edward Burns, Ed Burns, Tom Sizemore, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Giovanni Ribisi, Jeremy Davies, Ted Danson, Paul Giamatti, Dennis Farina, Vin Diesel, Harve Presnell, Bryan Cranston
"...Unprecedented immediacy [in] the battle scenes....Uniformly superb performances..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life
Ranked #3 in Entertainment Weekly's "10 Favorite Films of the '90s" -- "...[A] masterpiece....One soul-shattering experience..."
"...Sheer gut-wrenching immediacy....[Spielberg] has come of age as an artist..."
Sight and Sound
"...Soberly magnificent....It is the ultimate devastating letter home..."
New York Times
"...Effective the film is, communicating the gruesome nature of combat as few anti-war films ever have..."
"...A powerful and impressive milestone in the realistic depiction of combat, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN is as much an experience we live through as a film we watch on screen..."
Los Angeles Times
"[I]t remains a spectacular, unequalled piece of action film-making."
5 stars out of 5 -- "Spielberg's real achievement is to find telling notes in unlikely places -- here a group of soldiers ruminating on the meaning of an Edith Piaf song is as affecting as any skirmish."
4 stars out of 4 -- "One of the most harrowing and enthralling WWII epics ever made....Tom Hanks offers up a solid performance..."
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