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Saving Private Ryan

  R HD Closed Captioning

Steven Spielberg

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Plot Summary

Steven Spielberg directed this powerful, realistic re-creation of WWII's D-day invasion and the immediate aftermath. The story opens with a prologue in which a veteran brings his family to the American cemetery at Normandy, and a flashback then joins Capt. John Miller (Tom Hanks) and GIs in a landing craft making the June 6, 1944, approach to Omaha Beach to face devastating German artillery fire. This mass slaughter of American soldiers is depicted in a compelling, unforgettable 24-minute sequence. Miller's men slowly move forward to finally take a concrete pillbox. On the beach littered with bodies is one with the name "Ryan" stenciled on his backpack. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George C. Marshall (Harve Presnell), learning that three Ryan brothers from the same family have all been killed in a single week, requests that the surviving brother, Pvt. James Ryan (Matt Damon), be located and brought back to the United States. Capt. Miller gets the assignment, and he chooses a translator, Cpl. Upham (Jeremy Davis), skilled in language but not in combat, to join his squad of right-hand man Sgt. Horvath (Tom Sizemore), plus privates Mellish (Adam Goldberg), Medic Wade (Giovanni Ribisi), cynical Reiben (Edward Burns) from Brooklyn, Italian-American Caparzo (Vin Diesel), and religious Southerner Jackson (Barry Pepper), an ace sharpshooter who calls on the Lord while taking aim. Having previously experienced action in Italy and North Africa, the close-knit squad sets out through areas still thick with Nazis. After they lose one man in a skirmish at a bombed village, some in the group begin to question the logic of losing more lives to save a single soldier. The film's historical consultant is Stephen E. Ambrose, and the incident is based on a true occurance in Ambrose's 1994 bestseller D-Day: June 6, 1944.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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92%
  • Reviews Counted: 130
  • Fresh: 120
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 8.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Spielberg accomplishes these goals with a technical virtuosity that no other director, arguably in the history of the cinema, can even approach. – Paul Tatara, CNN.com, Aug 2, 2013

Fresh: Spielberg obviously decided that blood and guts meant just that, and so he arranged his violence into a semblance of pure disorder. The illusion holds, complete with severed limbs and wellsprings of blood, and it feels honorable. – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Aug 2, 2013

Fresh: [Saving Private Ryan] accomplishes something I had been taught was most difficult -- making an action-filled anti-war film or, at least, one that doesn't in some way glorify or lie about combat. – Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune, Jun 8, 2015

Fresh: The great Hollywood battle films have told us repeatedly that war is hell. Saving Private Ryan, more than any other, is the one that shows it. – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune, Aug 2, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Finally one of the best war films is here

I have always searched for this movie since day I received my iPad. Now it is here, thank you!

FINALLY. THANK YOU!

Oh my god, I cannot believe this is finally on iTunes and in HD. Thank you very much Apple and Dreamworks. PURCHASED.

A superb action movie - that will make you think.

Tom Hanks is phenomenal in his depiction of Capt. Miller in this sobering and emotional film. The action is raw, riveting, and at times may be unbearably graphic for the squeamish. Contains enough historical inspiration and basis to appease WWII buffs, but overall, this movie is about the men who fought WWII and its lasting effects. A must see.

Saving Private Ryan
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1998

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