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Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan

Blu-ray Disc - 2010
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A squad of American soldiers, led by Captain Miller, go behind enemy lines to save a missing paratrooper. Includes featurettes.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. :, DreamWorks Pictures,, 2010.
ISBN: 9781415755754
1415755752
Branch Call Number: BLU FEATURE SAV
Characteristics: 1 videodisc : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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manoletters
May 07, 2021

If this film doesn't convince you that war is a nasty business, well then?? Gripping action, great acting and incredible cinematography. Grade - A

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Shuken_1989
Apr 14, 2021

"Saving Private Ryan" by Steven Spielberg is one of the seminal war stories of the last 50 years. Spielberg captures the violence and trauma of combat while making the action well-paced and the character development believable. Over the course of the film the viewer becomes attached to Tom Hank's character Captain Miller and the US Army Rangers he commands: Pvt. Reiben, Fish, and TSgt. Horvath. The film is set in the summer 1944 liberation of France (D-Day) and the days of intense fighting that followed it. The film sees Captain Miller and his team given the hard task of rescuing one of the only remaining sons of the Ryan family who was dropped behind the lines before the invasion of Normandy with the 101st Airborne. As the team threads there way through a picturesque war-torn Normandy, they encounter a multitude of different moral conundrums brought on by war, defeated enemies, displaced civilians, morale exhausted Airborne infantrymen; some of whom understand the Rangers' mission and some who don't. I would highly recommend the film to anyone interested in human drama or World War II.

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SF_READER
Feb 02, 2021

Good movie but not for the faint-hearted.

71st Academy Award (1999)
Winner:
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Original Dramatic Score
Best Sound Effects Editing
Best Film Editing

Nominee:
Best Picture
Best Actor
Best Original Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Best Original Dramatic Score
Best Art Direction
Best Make Up

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MichelleinBallard
Aug 20, 2020

If you're courageous enough to engage with some challenging ideas then I dare you to read Curtis White's review essay "Saving Private Ryan: Don’t try to do no thinkin'!" Go ahead, I dare you.

Here's a link to the essay followed by an excerpt:
<https://web.archive.org/web/20081011223942/http://www.dalkeyarchive.com/article/show/7>

"For a literate culture which wishes to understand that our narratives do serve to construct what we are, what our 'content' is, and which trusts that the citizens to this culture know in some ultimate way what it means to 'read' so that we may have some basis for moving among narrative options, this all implies a crisis of proverbially nightmarish proportion (oh, a quiet crisis, to be sure, in between the simulated explosions of mortar shells and other forms of synthetic, orgasmic, cinematic bliss). But without the self-consciousness that Reading provides, we are merely (as Louis Althusser would have it) dumbly 'interpellated' into subject positions in a very mechanical State Apparatus. In short, being able to read is a large part of what it means to be human as opposed to being a mere social function."

P.S. There is much stylistically and substantively in White's essay with which I disagree. Nevertheless, his point about the importance of being able to "read" a film is well-taken.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 20, 2020

“Saving Private Ryan” is a movie that came out in 1998 about a group of US soldiers looking for Private James Ryan in France during World War II. Private James Ryan’s three brothers already passed away due to the war, so the U.S. army wanted to send him home so that his mother could at least have one son come home alive. Personally, I am not the biggest fan of war movies and I found this movie phenomenal. Tom Hanks, who plays “Captain Miller”, is an amazing actor that was perfect for the role. I can’t picture a better actor to help play such an emotional and suspenseful movie. It really does not hold back at showing how gruesome the D-Day invasion in France really was. Many people say that this is the most realistic looking World War II movie to date, it even won an Oscar award for Cinematography back in 1999. I highly recommend even just watching the first 30 minutes of the movie that show the invasion in Normandy beach. I rate this movie 5/5 stars. @kyky18 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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navy_wolf_382
Feb 15, 2020

Really amazing picture! Incredible how realistic this movie was and love that its also historically
accurate.

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iloveseaotters
Nov 19, 2019

I'm not really into war movies but Tom Hanks is in this one so that's one of the reasons I watched it. He was amazing as was the entire cast. Really powerful and emotional movie.

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BBRUTTIG
Jun 23, 2019

1997.. THE gold standard of a war story inspired by a REAL assignment of saving 1 living US Army soldier in WW2 after his 3 brothers are also killed in warfare. Outstanding cast, acting and circumstances. a Spielberg classic. A MUST movie to watch for all Americans and students of history.

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sol1765
Apr 13, 2019

My great uncle was in D-Day; and the Bulge after that. This helps one experience a sliver of what he and all those that were there went through. Another great story about the Greatest Generation.

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MrsNikki
Mar 02, 2019

. Great movie

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reginator_22
Jan 31, 2018

Parker: [firing machine gun] I'm out of .30 Caliber!

Private Jackson: [lining shots] Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teaches my hands to war, and my fingers to fight.

[Fires rifle twice]

Private Jackson: My goodness and my fortress... my high tower and my Deliverer.

[Fires rifle]

Private Jackson: My shield, and he in whom I trust.

[Fires rifle, then to his rifle]

Private Jackson: Here you go baby.

[Fires rifle few more times. Notices a tank has spotted them]

Private Jackson: Parker, get down!

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Davidf05
Mar 06, 2017

You earned this.-Captain Miller to Private Ryan

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 22, 2012

Private Reiben: Oh, that's brilliant, bumpkin. Hey, so, Captain, what about you? I mean, you don't gripe at all?

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 22, 2012

Private Jackson: Well, what I mean by that, sir, is... if you was to put me and this here sniper rifle anywhere up to and including one mile of Adolf Hitler with a clear line of sight, sir... pack your bags, fellas, war's over. Amen.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 22, 2012

Captain Miller: Reiben, pay attention. Now, this is the way to gripe. Continue, Jackson.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 22, 2012

Private Jackson: Well, it seems to me, sir, that God gave me a special gift, made me a fine instrument of warfare.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 22, 2012

Captain Miller: Yeah. Go on.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 22, 2012

Private Jackson: Well, from my way of thinking, sir, this entire mission is a serious misallocation of valuable military resources.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 22, 2012

Captain Miller: Well, by all means, share it with the squad.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 22, 2012

Private Jackson: Sir... I have an opinion on this matter.

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reginator_22
Feb 15, 2018

Violence: Graphic sequences of war violence.

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millerjw12
Sep 20, 2011

Coarse Language: This Title contains Coarse Language.

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jabey
Jun 27, 2008

Coarse Language: A few swears.

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jabey
Jun 27, 2008

Violence: Realistic war violence shown

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noob123
Jun 23, 2008

Violence: The usual guns and blood.

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noob123
Jun 23, 2008

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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icerider
Jun 20, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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icerider
Jun 20, 2008

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Ringwood
Jun 13, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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badwolf18
Jan 24, 2012

badwolf18 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 60

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millerjw12
Sep 20, 2011

millerjw12 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 99

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jabey
Jun 27, 2008

jabey thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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noob123
Jun 23, 2008

noob123 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 22, 2012

On the morning of June 6, 1944, the beginning of the Normandy invasion, American soldiers prepare to land on Omaha Beach. They struggle against dug-in German infantry, machine gun nests, and artillery fire, which cut down many of the men. Captain John H. Miller, the company commander of Charlie Company, 2nd Ranger Battalion, survives the initial landing and assembles a group of soldiers to penetrate the German defenses, leading to a breakout from the beach.
In the United States War Department in Washington, DC, General George Marshall is informed that three of four brothers in the Ryan family have all died within days of each other and that their mother will receive all three telegrams on the same day. He learns that the fourth son, Private First Class James Francis Ryan of Baker Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division is missing in action somewhere in Normandy. After reading to his staff Abraham Lincoln's letter to Mrs. Bixby, Marshall orders that Ryan be found and sent home immediately because of the Sole Survivor Policy

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jabey
Jun 27, 2008

Based on a World War II drama. US soldiers try to save their comrade, paratrooper Private Ryan, who's stationed behind enemy lines.

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