DVD 169 mins IMDB 8.3 (122,477 votes) top 250: #66
Saving Private Ryan - Special Limited Edition
Universal Studios (1999)
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(8/27/2005 )

John Wood
Action, Drama, War
USA  /  English

Tom Hanks Captain Miller
Edward Burns Private Reiben
Matt Damon Private Ryan
Tom Sizemore Sergeant Horvath
Barry Pepper Private Jackson
Adam Goldberg Private Mellish
Vin Diesel Private Caparzo
Giovanni Ribisi T-4 Medic Wade
Jeremy Davies Corporal Upham
Ted Danson Captain Hamill
Paul Giamatti Sergeant Hill
Dennis Farina Lieutenant Colonel Anderson
Joerg Stadler Steamboat Willie
Max Martini Corporal Henderson (as Maximilian Martini)
Dylan Bruno Toynbe

Director Steven Spielberg
Producer Ian Bryce; Mark Gordon; Gary Levinsohn; Steven Spielberg
Writer Robert Rodat
Cinematography Janusz Kaminski
Musician John Williams
User Credit 1 Michael Kahn
User Credit 2 Joanna Johnston

In the last great invasion, of the last great war, the greatest danger for eight men...was saving one.

Internationally acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan is an unforgettable film achievement that has had profound and lasting impact throughout the world.

Winner of five Academy Awards® including Best Director, the film also captured Oscars® for Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound and Sound Effects Editing. More than 70 critics and critics' groups in New York, Chicago, Dallas Ft-Worth and Great Britain named the film Best Picture of the Year, while the Los Angeles, Toronto and Broadcast Film Critics honored it with both Best Picture and Best Director awards. In addition, Spielberg received his third Directors Guild of America Award, the American Legion "The Spirit of Normandy" Award, a USO Merit Award from the USO of Metropolitan Washington, as well as the highest civilian public service award from the Department of the Army. Selected for more than 160 Top Ten lists, Saving Private Ryan's other honors include Golden Globes for Best Picture (Drama) and Best Director, the Producers Guild of America Award and ten nominations from the British Academy Film Awards. Saving Private Ryan was the top-grossing motion picture of 1998.

Seen through the eyes of a squad of American soldiers, the story begins with World War II's historic D-Day invasion, then moves beyond the beach as the men embark on a dangerous special mission. Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) must take his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Faced with impossible odds, the men question their orders. Why are eight men risking their lives to save just one? Surrounded by the brutal realities of war, each man searches for his own answer - and the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency and courage.

Edition Details
Barcode 667068443325
Region Region 1
Chapters 20
Release Date 7/5/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Exclusive Message from Steven Spielberg
Saving Private Ryan - "Into The Breach"
2 Theatrical Trailers
Production Notes
Cast and Filmmakers' Bios
Personal Details
Purchase Date 8/27/2005
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence, and for language.
User Text 2 The mission is a man.
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Trivia: Based upon the true story of the Niland brothers. (more)

Goofs: Incorrectly regarded as goofs: In the latter part of the movie, Capt. Miller uses the phrase "let's lock and load." Some have misheard this as "rock and roll, " which would be anachronistic. (more)

[first lines]
Ryan's son: [running to comfort his father] Dad?
[flashback to D-Day]
LCVP pilot: Clear the ramp! Thirty seconds. God be with ya!

Awards: Won 5 Oscars. Another 51 wins & 52 nominations (more)