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Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySteven Spielberg
Produced by
Written byRobert Rodat
Music byJohn Williams
CinematographyJanusz Kamiński
Editing byMichael Kahn
Distributed by
Release dates
  • July 24, 1998 (1998-07-24)
Running time169 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$70 million[1]
Box office$481,840,909[2]
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Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySteven Spielberg
Produced by
Written byRobert Rodat
Music byJohn Williams
CinematographyJanusz Kamiński
Editing byMichael Kahn
Distributed by
Release dates
  • July 24, 1998 (1998-07-24)
Running time169 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$70 million[1]
Box office$481,840,909[2]

Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic war film set during the invasion of Normandy in World War II. It was directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat. The film is notable for its graphic and realistic portrayal of war, and for the intensity of its opening 27 minutes, which depict the Omaha Beach assault of June 6, 1944. The film follows United States Army Rangers Captain John H. Miller (Tom Hanks) and a squad (Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Vin Diesel, Giovanni Ribisi, Adam Goldberg and Jeremy Davies) as they search for a paratrooper, Private First Class James Francis Ryan (Matt Damon), who is the last-surviving brother of four servicemen.

Rodat conceived the film's story in 1994 when he saw a monument dedicated to eight siblings killed in the American Civil War. Rodat imagined a similar sibling narrative set in World War II. The script was submitted to producer Mark Gordon, who handed it to Hanks. It was finally given to Spielberg, who decided to direct.

Saving Private Ryan received universal critical acclaim, winning several awards for film, cast, and crew as well as earning significant returns at the box office. The film grossed US$481.8 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing domestic film of the year. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated the film for eleven Academy Awards; Spielberg's direction won him a second Academy Award for Best Director, with four more awards going to the film. Saving Private Ryan was released on home video in May 1999, earning $44 million from sales.

In 2007, Saving Private Ryan was ranked #71 on the American Film Institute's 10th Anniversary list of the 100 best American movies of all time.[3]


On the morning of June 6, 1944, the beginning of the Normandy invasion, American soldiers prepare to land on Omaha Beach. They struggle against German infantry, machine gun nests, and artillery fire. Captain John H. Miller survives the initial landing and assembles a group of soldiers to penetrate the German defenses, leading to a breakout from the beach.

In Washington, D.C, General George Marshall is informed that three of the four brothers of the Ryan family were killed in action and that their mother is to receive three telegrams to inform her. He learns that the fourth son, Private First Class James Francis Ryan, is a paratrooper, and is missing in action somewhere in Normandy. Marshall, after reading Abraham Lincoln's Bixby letter, orders that Ryan must be found and sent home immediately.

Three days after D-Day, Miller receives orders to find Ryan and bring him back from the front. He assembles six men from his company, Horvath, Reiben, Mellish, Caparzo, Jackson, and Wade, plus one man detailed from another unit, Upham, a cartographer who speaks French and German. Miller and his men move out to Neuville. On the outskirts of the town, they meet a platoon from the 101st Airborne Division. After entering the town, Caparzo is shot by a sniper. Jackson is able to kill the sniper, but Caparzo dies. They locate a Private James Ryan, but soon realize that he is not their man. They find a member of Ryan's regiment who informs them that his drop zone was at Vierville and that his and Ryan's companies had the same rally point. Once they reach it, Miller locates a friend of Ryan's, who reveals that Ryan is defending a strategically important bridge over the Merderet River in the town of Ramelle.

On the way to Ramelle, Miller decides to neutralize a German machine gun position, despite the misgivings of his men. Wade is fatally wounded in the ensuing skirmish. The last surviving German, known only as "Steamboat Willie", incurs the wrath of all the squad members except Upham, who protests to Miller about the proposed execution of the German soldier. "Steamboat Willie" pleads for his life and Miller decides to let him walk away, blindfolded, and surrender himself to the next Allied patrol. No longer confident in Miller's leadership, Reiben declares his intention to desert the squad and the mission, prompting a confrontation with Horvath. The argument heats up, until Miller defuses the situation. Reiben then grudgingly decides to stay.

The squad finally arrives on the outskirts of Ramelle, where they come upon three paratroopers, among whom is Ryan. After entering Ramelle, Ryan is told of his brothers' deaths, the mission to bring him home, and that two men had been lost in the quest to find him. He is distressed at the loss of his brothers, but does not feel it is fair to go home, asking Miller to tell his mother that he intends to stay "with the only brothers [he has] left." Miller decides to take command and defend the bridge with what little manpower and resources are available.

Elements of the 2nd SS Panzer Division arrive with infantry and armor. In the ensuing battle, while inflicting heavy German casualties, most of the Americans — including Jackson, Mellish, and Horvath — are killed. While attempting to blow the bridge, Miller is shot and mortally wounded by the German prisoner set free earlier, who has returned to battle alongside the SS. Just before a Tiger tank reaches the bridge, an American P-51 Mustang flies over and destroys it, followed by more Mustangs, American infantry, and M4 Sherman tanks who rout the remaining Germans. Upham, who was cut off and hid in a ditch, comes out of hiding as the Germans flee and orders them to drop their weapons; among them the German that shot Miller. Upham executes him, telling the rest to flee. Ryan is with Miller as he dies and says his last words, "James... earn this. Earn it."

In the present day, elderly Ryan and his family visit the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-mer in Normandy. Ryan stands at Miller's grave. He asks his wife to confirm that he has led a good life and that he is a "good man" and thus worthy of the sacrifice of Miller and the others. His wife replies "You are." At this point, Ryan stands at attention and delivers a military salute towards Miller's grave.




In 1994, Robert Rodat saw a monument in Putney Corners, New Hampshire, memorializing those who were killed from the Civil War to Vietnam. He noticed the names of eight siblings who died during the American Civil War. Inspired by the story, Rodat did some research and decided to write a similar story set in World War II. Rodat's script was submitted to producer Mark Gordon, who liked the story but only accepted the text after 11 redrafts. Gordon shared the finished script with Hanks, who liked it and in turn passed it along to Spielberg to direct. A shooting date was set for June 27, 1997.[4] Before filming began, several of the film's stars, including Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Vin Diesel, Adam Goldberg, Giovanni Ribisi, and Tom Hanks, endured ten days of "boot camp" training led by Marine veteran Dale Dye and Warriors, Inc., a California-based company that specializes in training actors for realistic military portrayals.[5] Matt Damon was intentionally not brought into the camp, to make the rest of the group feel resentment towards the character.[6]

Spielberg had already demonstrated his interest in World War II themes with the films 1941, Empire of the Sun, Schindler's List, and the Indiana Jones series. Spielberg later co-produced the World War II themed television miniseries Band of Brothers and its counterpart The Pacific with Tom Hanks. When asked about this by American Cinematographer, Spielberg said, "I think that World War II is the most significant event of the last 100 years; the fate of the Baby Boomers and even Generation X was linked to the outcome. Beyond that, I've just always been interested in World War II. My earliest films, which I made when I was about 14 years old, were combat pictures that were set both on the ground and in the air. For years now, I've been looking for the right World War II story to shoot, and when Robert Rodat wrote Saving Private Ryan, I found it."[7]

The D-Day scenes were shot in Ballinesker Beach, Curracloe Strand, Ballinesker, just east of Curracloe, County Wexford, Ireland.[8][9][10] Filming began June 27, 1997, and lasted for two months.[11][12][13] Some shooting was done in Normandy, for the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer and Calvados. Other scenes were filmed in England, such as a former British Aerospace factory in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, Thame Park, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. Production was due to also take place in Seaham, County Durham, but government restrictions disallowed this.[14]

Portrayal of history[edit]

Saving Private Ryan has received critical acclaim for its realistic portrayal of World War II combat. In particular, the sequence depicting the Omaha landings was named the "best battle scene of all time" by Empire magazine and was ranked number one on TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest Movie Moments".[15] The scene cost US$12 million and involved up to 1,500 extras, some of whom were members of the Irish Reserve Defence Forces. Members of local reenactment groups such as the Second Battle Group were cast as extras to play German soldiers.[16] In addition, twenty to thirty actual amputees were used to portray American soldiers maimed during the landing.[17] Spielberg did not storyboard the sequence, as he wanted spontaneous reactions and for "the action to inspire me as to where to put the camera".[18]

The historical representation of Charlie Company's actions, led by its commander, Captain Ralph E. Goranson, was well maintained in the opening sequence. The sequence and details of the events are very close to the historical record, including the seasickness experienced by many of the soldiers as the landing craft moved toward the shoreline, significant casualties among the men as they disembarked from the boats, and difficulty linking up with adjacent units on the shore. The contextual details of the Company's actions were well maintained, for instance, the correct code names for the sector Charlie Company assaulted, and adjacent sectors were used. Included in the cinematic depiction of the landing was a follow on mission of clearing a bunker and trench system at the top of the cliffs which was not part of the original mission objectives for Charlie Company, but which they did undertake after climbing the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc.[19]

The landing craft used included twelve actual World War II examples, 10 LCVPs and 2 LCMs, standing in for the British LCAs that the Ranger Companies rode in to the beach during Operation Overlord.[19][20] The film-makers used underwater cameras to better depict soldiers being hit by bullets in the water. Forty barrels of fake blood were used to simulate the effect of blood in the seawater.[17] This degree of realism was more difficult to achieve when depicting World War II German armored vehicles, as few examples survive in operating condition. The Tiger I tanks in the film were copies built on the chassis of old, but functional Soviet T-34 tanks.[21] The two vehicles described in the film as Panzers were meant to portray Marder III tank destroyers. One was created for the film using the chassis of a Czech-built Panzer 38(t) tank[22] similar to the construction of the original Marder III; the other was a cosmetically modified Swedish SAV m/43 assault gun, which also used the 38(t) chassis.[23]

Inevitably, some artistic license was taken by the filmmakers for the sake of drama. One of the most notable is the depiction of the 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich, as the adversary during the fictional Battle of Ramelle. The 2nd SS was not engaged in Normandy until July, and then at Caen against the British and Canadians, one hundred miles east.[24] Furthermore, the Merderet River bridges were not an objective of the 101st Airborne Division but of the 82nd Airborne Division, part of Mission Boston.[25] Much has been said about various "tactical errors" made by both the German and American forces in the film's climactic battle. Spielberg responded, saying that in many scenes he opted to replace sound military tactics and strict historical accuracy for dramatic effect.[26]

To achieve a tone and quality that was true to the story as well as reflected the period in which it is set, Spielberg once again collaborated with cinematographer Janusz Kamiński, saying, "Early on, we both knew that we did not want this to look like a Technicolor extravaganza about World War II, but more like color newsreel footage from the 1940s, which is very desaturated and low-tech." Kamiński had the protective coating stripped from the camera lenses, making them closer to those used in the 1940s. He explains that "without the protective coating, the light goes in and starts bouncing around, which makes it slightly more diffused and a bit softer without being out of focus." The cinematographer completed the overall effect by putting the negative through bleach bypass, a process that reduces brightness and color saturation. The shutter timing was set to 90 or 45 degrees for many of the battle sequences, as opposed to the standard of 180 degree timing. Kamiński clarifies, "In this way, we attained a certain staccato in the actors' movements and a certain crispness in the explosions, which makes them slightly more realistic."[27]


Saving Private Ryan was a critical and commercial success and is credited with contributing to a resurgence in America's interest in World War II. Old and new films, video games, and novels about the war enjoyed renewed popularity after its release.[28] The film's use of desaturated colors, hand-held cameras, and tight angles has profoundly influenced subsequent films and video games.[29][30] Saving Private Ryan was released in 2,463 theaters on July 24, 1998, and grossed $30.5 million on its opening weekend. The film grossed $216.5 million in North America and $265.3 million in other territories, bringing its worldwide total to $481.8 million and making it the highest grossing domestic film of the year.[31] and the actors' performances,[32] but earning some criticism for ignoring the contributions of several other countries to the D-Day landings in general and at Omaha Beach specifically.[33] The most direct example of the latter is that during the actual landing the 2nd Rangers disembarked from British ships and were taken to Omaha Beach by Royal Navy landing craft (LCAs). The film depicts them as being United States Coast Guard-crewed craft (LCVPs and LCMs) from an American ship, the USS Thomas Jefferson (APA-30).[19][34][35] This criticism was far from universal with other critics recognizing the director's intent to make an "American" film.[36] The film was not released in Malaysia after Spielberg refused to cut the violent scenes;[37] however, the film was finally released there on DVD with an 18SG certificate much later in 2005. It currently scores 93% "Certified Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes[38] and 90% on Metacritic,[39] two film review aggregate sites. Many critics associations, such as New York Critics Circle and Los Angeles Film Critics Association, chose Saving Private Ryan as Film of the Year.[40] Roger Ebert gave it four stars out of four and called it "a powerful experience".[32]

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has expressed admiration for the film and has cited it as an influence on his 2009 war epic, Inglourious Basterds.[41]

Filmmaker Oliver Stone, however, has accused the film of promoting "the worship of World War II as the good war," and has lumped it alongside films such as Gladiator and Black Hawk Down that he believes were well-made, but may have inadvertently contributed to Americans' readiness for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.[42] In defense of the film's portrait of warfare, filmmaker Brian De Palma commented, "The level of violence in something like Saving Private Ryan makes sense because Spielberg is trying to show something about the brutality of what happened."[43]

The actor Richard Todd, who performed in The Longest Day and was amongst the first of the Allied soldiers to land in Normandy, said the film was "Rubbish. Overdone."[44] Other WWII veterans, however, stated that the film was the most realistic depiction of combat they had ever seen.[45] The film was so realistic that combat veterans of D-Day and Vietnam left theaters rather than finish watching the opening scene depicting the Normandy invasion. Their visits to posttraumatic stress disorder counselors rose in number after the film's release, and many counselors advised "'more psychologically vulnerable'" veterans to avoid watching it.[46]

The film was later nominated for eleven Academy Awards, with wins for Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Film Editing, and Best Director for Spielberg, but lost the Best Picture award to Shakespeare in Love, being one of a few that have won the Best Director award without also winning Best Picture.[47] The film also won the Golden Globes for Best Picture – Drama and Director, the BAFTA Award for Special Effects and Sound, the Directors Guild of America Award, a Grammy Award for Best Film Soundtrack, the Producers Guild of America Golden Laurel Award, and the Saturn Award for Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film.[40] In June 2008, the American Film Institute revealed its "Ten Top Ten"—the best ten films in ten "classic" American film genres—after polling over 1,500 people from the creative community. Saving Private Ryan was listed as the eighth best film in the "epic films" genre.[48]

American Film Institute lists:


71st Academy AwardsBest CinematographyJanusz KamińskiWon
Best DirectorSteven SpielbergWon
Best Sound Effects EditingGary Rydstrom and Richard HymnsWon
Best Film EditingMichael KahnWon
Best Sound MixingGary Rydstrom, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Ron JudkinsWon
Best Actor in a Leading RoleTom HanksNominated
Best Art DirectionThomas E. Sanders and Lisa DeanNominated
Best MakeupLois Burwell, Conor O'Sullivan and Daniel C. StriepekeNominated
Original Dramatic ScoreJohn WilliamsNominated
Best PictureSteven Spielberg, Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon and Gary LevinsohnNominated
Best Original ScreenplayRobert RodatNominated
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror FilmsBest Thriller FilmWon
Best Special EffectsNominated
Amanda AwardsBest Foreign FilmSteven SpielbergNominated
American Cinema EditorsBest Edited Feature FilmMichael KahnWon
American Society of CinematographersOutstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical ReleasesNominated
Art Directors GuildFeature FilmNominated
Awards of the Japanese AcademyBest Foreign FilmNominated
BAFTA AwardsBest SoundWon
Best Special Visual EffectsWon
Best MusicJohn WilliamsNominated
Best CinematographyJanusz KamińskiNominated
Best EditingMichael KahnNominated
Best FilmNominated
Best Makeup & HairNominated
Best ActorTom HanksNominated
Best Production DesignNominated
Best DirectionSteven SpielbergNominated
BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film Music AwardJohn WilliamsWon
Blockbuster Entertainment AwardFavorite ActorTom HanksWon
Favorite Supporting ActorJeremy DaviesNominated
Boston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest CinematographyWon
British Society of CinematographersBest CinematographyNominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorSteven SpielbergWon
Best PictureWon
Best ScoreJohn WilliamsWon
CamerimageBest CinematographyNominated
Casting Society of AmericaBest CastingWon
Chicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest PictureWon
Best ActorTom HanksNominated
Best CinematographyNominated
Best DirectorSteven SpielbergNominated
Cinema Audio SocietyBest SoundWon
Czech LionsBest Foreign FilmSteven SpielbergWon
César AwardsBest Foreign FilmSteven SpielbergNominated
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest PictureWon
Best ActorTom HanksNominated
Directors Guild of AmericaOutstanding Directorial AchievementSteven SpielbergWon
Empire AwardsBest ActorTom HanksWon
Best DirectorSteven SpielbergWon
Best FilmNominated
European Film AwardScreen International AwardSteven SpielbergNominated
Film Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest Foreign FilmNominated
Florida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest CinematographyWon
Golden GlobesBest DirectorSteven SpielbergWon
Best Motion PictureWon
Best Original ScoreJohn WilliamsNominated
Best ActorTom HanksNominated
Best ScreenplayNominated
Grammy AwardsBest Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for TelevisionJohn WilliamsWon
Huabiao Film AwardsBest Foreign FilmWon
Humanitas PrizeFeature Film CategoryNominated
Italian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Foreign DirectorSteven SpielbergWon
Kansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest FilmWon
Best DirectorSteven SpielbergWon
Best Supporting ActorJeremy DaviesWon
Key Art AwardsBest of Show – AudiovisualWon
Las Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest CinematographyWon
Best DirectorSteven SpielbergWon
Best PictureWon
London Critics Circle Film AwardsFilm of the YearWon
Actor of the YearMatt DamonNominated
Actor of the YearTom HanksNominated
Director of the YearSteven SpielbergNominated
Los Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest CinematographyWon
Best DirectorSteven SpielbergWon
Best PictureWon
MTV Movie AwardsBest Action SequenceTom HanksNominated
Best Male PerformanceTom HanksNominated
Best MovieNominated
Motion Picture Sound EditorsBest Sound Editing – DialogueWon
Best Sound Editing – Sound EffectsWon
Best Sound Editing – MusicNominated
National Board of ReviewTop Ten FilmsWon
National Society of Film Critics AwardsBest FilmNominated
New York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest FilmWon
Online Film Critics Society AwardsBest CinematographyWon
Best DirectorSteven SpielbergWon
Best EnsembleWon
Best FilmWon
Best Film EditingMichael KahnWon
Best ActorTom HanksNominated
Best MusicJohn WilliamsNominated
PGA AwardsMotion Picture Producer of the Year AwardWon
Russian Guild of Film CriticsBest Foreign FilmSteven SpielbergWon
Satellite AwardsBest EditingMichael KahnWon
Best DirectorSteven SpielbergNominated
Best FilmNominated
Best CinematographyNominated
Best Original ScoreNominated
Best Original ScreenplayNominated
Best Supporting Actor – Motion PictureTom SizemoreNominated
Best Visual EffectsNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsBest EnsembleNominated
Best ActorTom HanksNominated
Southeastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorSteven SpielbergWon
Best PictureWon
Toronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorSteven SpielbergWon
Best PictureWon
Best Male PerformanceTom HanksNominated
Writers Guild of AmericaBest ScreenplayNominated

Home media[edit]

The film debuted on home video in May 1999 with a VHS release that earned over $44 million. A later special edition, the D-Day 60th Anniversary Commemorative Edition, was released featuring an extra tape with documentary footage of the actual D-Day landings as well as the making of the film.[51] The DVD was released in November of the same year,[52] and was one of the best-selling titles of the year, with over 1.5 million units sold.[53] The original DVD was released in two separate versions: one with Dolby Digital and the other with DTS 5.1 surround sound. Besides the different 5.1 tracks, the two DVDs are identical. The film was also issued in a very limited 2-disc Laserdisc release in November 1999, making it one of the very last feature films to ever be issued in this format, as Laserdiscs ceased manufacturing and distribution by the year's end, due in part to the growing popularity of DVDs.[54] In 2004, a Saving Private Ryan special edition DVD was released to commemorate the 60th anniversary of D-Day. This two-disc edition was also included in a box set titled World War II Collection, along with two documentaries produced by Spielberg, Price For Peace (about the Pacific War) and Shooting War (about war photographers, narrated by Tom Hanks).[55] The film was released on Blu-ray Disc on April 26, 2010 in the UK and on May 4, 2010 in the US, as part of Paramount Home Video's premium Sapphire Series.[56] However, only weeks after its release, Paramount issued a recall due to audio synchronization problems.[57] The studio issued an official statement acknowledging the problem, which they attributed to an authoring error by Technicolor that escaped the quality control process, and that they had already begun the process of replacing the defective discs.[58] The remastered discs were released to the public on May 18, 2010.

Television broadcasts[edit]

On Veterans Day from 2001–2004, the American Broadcasting Company aired the film uncut and with limited commercial interruption. The network airings were given a TV-MA rating, as the violent battle scenes and the profanity were left intact. The 2004 airing was marred by pre-emptions in many markets because of the language, in the backlash of Super Bowl XXXVIII's halftime show controversy.[59] However, critics and veterans' groups such as the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars assailed those stations and their owners, including Hearst-Argyle Television (owner of 12 ABC affiliates); Scripps Howard Broadcasting (owner of six); and Belo (the owner of four) for putting profits ahead of programming and honoring those who gave their lives at wartime, saying the stations made more money running their own programming instead of being paid by the network to carry the film, especially during a sweeps period. A total of 65 ABC affiliates—28% of the network—did not clear the available timeslot for the film, even with the offer of The Walt Disney Company, ABC's parent, to pay all fines for language to the Federal Communications Commission.[60] In the end, however, no complaints were lodged against ABC affiliates who showed Ryan, perhaps because even conservative watchdogs like the Parents Television Council supported the unedited rebroadcast of the film.[61] Additionally, some ABC affiliates in other markets that were near affected markets, such as Youngstown, Ohio ABC affiliate WYTV (which is viewable in parts of the Columbus, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh markets, none of which aired the film), still aired the film and gave those nearby markets the option of viewing the film.[62] TNT and Turner Classic Movies have also broadcast the film.[63][64]

Australian rating appeal[edit]

The unedited version of the film was originally classified R (restricted 18+ only) in Australia by the Office of Film and Literature Classification due to strong violence, adult themes and graphic war scenes. An appeal was lodged amid much public scrutiny at the time on the grounds that the film contains a strong anti-war message and would, if rated R, be unable to be used in schools to educate children about World War II, the Normandy landing, and the significance of its anti-war message would be lost because it would not be able to be shown to pupils. The appeal was granted, and the film's rating was subsequently reduced to MA15+ (restricted mature 15+ only).

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