Saving Private Ryan Movie Review 1998

Information and Film Reviews for Saving Private Ryan the Movie

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4.0 4.0 from 1 reviews

Big-budget WWII Spielberg epic finds eight soldiers, led by army captain Hanks, forced to go behind enemy lines in order to rescue downed paratrooper James Ryan (Damon). He's the sole surviving brother of four soldier siblings and the government wants some good PR--the men pulling the duty are less than enthusiastic, however. Pick your favorite reviewer-speak word--gripping, moving, intense, masterpiece--any or all of them will work. The opening 25-minute graphic depiction of Omaha Beach on D-Day is, on its own, Oscar-worthy. Hanks and the rest of the cast (which included a few surprise cameos) are excellent. Spielberg deglamorizes war, without belittling the sacrifices made by those who fought. The actors (except Damon) went through boot camp in England in order to get the proper attitude.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 175 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Bridges, World War II, Rescue Missions, Big Battles, Military: Army, Top Grossing Films of 1998, Director/Star Teams: Spielberg & Hanks
Robert Rodat, Frank Darabont
Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore, Jeremy Davies, Giovanni Ribisi, Adam Goldberg, Barry Pepper, Vin Diesel, Matt Damon, Ted Danson, Dale Dye, Dennis Farina, Harve Presnell, Paul Giamatti, Bryan Cranston, David Wohl, Leland Orser, Joerg Stadler, Maximillian Martini, Amanda Boxer, Harrison Young
Janusz Kaminski
Steven Spielberg
John Williams
Mark Gordon, Ian Bryce, Gary Levinsohn, Steven Spielberg, Dreamworks Pictures


Oscars 1998: Cinematog., Director (Spielberg), Film Editing, Sound, Sound FX Editing; British Acad. 1998: Sound; Directors Guild 1998: Director (Spielberg); Golden Globes 1999: Director (Spielberg), Film--Drama; L.A. Film Critics 1998: Cinematog., Director (Spielberg), Film; N.Y. Film Critics 1998: Film; Broadcast Film Critics 1998: Director (Spielberg), Film, Score.

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