AFI #71 – Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan - PosterSaving Private Ryan

1998

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Netflix says… As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain Tom Hanks and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home. Steven Spielberg and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski paint a harrowing picture of the price of war and heroism–one that netted them Oscars for Best Director and Best Cinematography, respectively.

This is another one that I’ve seen more than once, and I’ve loved it every time I’ve seen it. This movie is epic and gritty and, I assume, incredibly realistic in its portrayal of life on the frontlines of Europe during World War II. Not that I can authenticate its realism, I wasn’t actually there. I saw this in the theater when it came out, and was actually on a blind date at the time. That really didn’t help me to appreciate the film at the time. Mostly I was just hoping it would end soon so I could get on with my life and not have to deal with the awkwardness of that date anymore. I didn’t fully enjoy the movie until it came out on video several months later. Still, a very moving movie.Saving Private Ryan - Earn This.gif

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