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  • Saving Private Ryan 1998 war film review
  • Saving Private Ryan 1998 war film review
  • Saving Private Ryan 1998 war film review
  • Saving Private Ryan 1998 war film review
  • Saving Private Ryan 1998 war film review
  • Saving Private Ryan 1998 war film review
  • Saving Private Ryan 1998 war film review
  • Saving Private Ryan 1998 war film review

Saving Private Ryan 1998 war film review

1998

Saving Private Ryan (1998, United States)

Running time: 170 minutes

Categories: ambush filmsinfantry filmslanding filmssniper filmsurban warfare films

Language: English


During the Allied landing in Normandy in June 1944 small group of soldiers is chosen to find the last of four Ryan brothers and bring him safely home.



The film begins during the Allied landing in Normandy in June 1944. The Allies suffered heavy casualties on the beaches and during the paratroopers being dropped over France. It turned out that at various sections of the battle area three Ryan brothers were killed, and last of four brothers is declared missing. HQ decides to find the Private James Ryan and bring him home to his grieving mother. Small unit is assigned for the mission of finding and sagely bringing back Ryan. The platoon, lead by Captain Miller, is a mixture of different characters, but none of them see any reason for risking lives of several people trying to find one of the tens of thousands of privates taking part in fighting in Normandy. Keeping sulking over the idea they set out to find Ryan, but their mission takes them through the chaos that was straight after D-Day with many units scattered or dropped in wrong places, soldiers trying to find their units.

The film was presented with the full realism of war, attitudes of soldiers fighting in war - not as comic-book-like brave heroes fueled by their patriotism, but as real people that have doubts, fears, virtues and flaws. In reality there was no such event as searching for Private Ryan, but there was similiar case during World War 2, the Niland brothers, but Saving Private Ryan is very loosely based on it. The historical background presented in the film, like landing in Normandy is done with great skill and shows the terryfying experience of Allied soldiers even better than any documentary can. The film deserves to be called the best war film of all time.

Our rating

9.6 / 10

Film value

9 / 10

Realism factor

5 / 5

Adventure factor

5 / 5

Historical accuracy factor

5 / 5



Wars and battles in Saving Private Ryan

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