Monday, May 28, 2018

Saving Private Ryan

Memorial Day Greetings, and a huge thank you to our Military Men and Women who  
serve and protect our country!

If you're planning on  watching a movie today, I'd suggest Saving Private Ryan. I saw it 
listed in a group of ten great Memorial Day movies.

It came out twenty years ago, was quite well-received and won lots of awards. 
I wanted to see it then, but never did. 

I've posted just a bit from Wikipedia. I didn't want to read the whole plot summary 
since I haven't seen the movie yet. But perhaps I will today! 

From Wikipedia:

Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic war film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat. Set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II, the film is notable for its graphic portrayal of war, and for the intensity of its opening 27 minutes, which includes a depiction of the Omaha Beach assault during the Normandy landings. It follows United States Army Rangers Captain John H. Miller (Tom Hanks) and a squad (Tom SizemoreEdward BurnsBarry PepperGiovanni RibisiVin DieselAdam Goldberg, and Jeremy Davies) as they search for a paratrooperPrivate First Class James Francis Ryan (Matt Damon), who is the last-surviving brother of four servicemen.

In the current day, an elderly veteran visits the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial with his family. Upon seeing one particular grave, he falls to his knees overcome with emotion. The scene then shifts to the morning of June 6, 1944, as American soldiers land on Omaha Beach as part of the Normandy Invasion. They suffer heavy losses in assaulting German defensive positions of artillery and machine guns raining down intense fire on the American forces. Captain John H. Miller of the 2nd Ranger Battalion assembles a group to penetrate the German defenses, leading to a breakout from the beach. Elsewhere on the beach, a dead soldier lies face-down in the bloody surf; his pack is stenciled Ryan, S.

I didn't read any further so I wouldn't ruin it for myself! Click here for the complete plot.

Have you ever seen Saving Private Ryan? Thanks for visiting and have a great week!


William Kendall said...

Yes, I've seen it on numerous occasions. It is a masterpiece film.

I also recommend Dunkirk and The Battle Of Britain- though both films take place before America enters the Second World War.

Norma Beishir said...

I've seen it a couple of times. I heard it was inspired by a true story.

William Kendall said...

Yes, the Sullivan Brothers. All five of them died when their ship was sunk during the Battle of Guadalcanal in November 1942. The family lost all their sons at once, and a policy was put in place after that called the Sole Survivor Policy.

Maria McKenzie said...

William, thank you for those additional movie recommendations! I haven't seen either of those films. Thanks also for the background information on Saving Private Ryan! That makes it all the more fascinating:).

Norma, I'd heard it was inspired by a true story when it first came out, but I'd forgotten. What William mentioned triggered my memory.