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Saving Private Ryan Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

  • Release date:July 24, 1998

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ian Bryce Best Picture 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lois Burwell Best Makeup 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Hymns Best Sound Effects Editing 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Rodat Best Original Screenplay 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ronald Judkins Best Sound 1998 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Janusz Kaminski Best Cinematography 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Janusz Kaminski Best Cinematography 1998 Winner
American Society of Cinematographers Janusz Kaminski Best Cinematography 1998 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association John Williams Best Score 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Williams Best Dramatic Score 1998 Nominee
Toronto Film Critics Association Tom Hanks Best Actor - Runner-up 1998 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Tom Hanks Best Actor 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tom Hanks Best Actor 1998 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Steven Spielberg Best Director 1998 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Steven Spielberg Best Director 1998 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Steven Spielberg Best Director 1998 Winner
Directors Guild of America Steven Spielberg Best Director 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Steven Spielberg Best Director 1998 Winner
Toronto Film Critics Association Steven Spielberg Best Director 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Steven Spielberg Best Picture 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Kahn Best Editing 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tom Sanders Best Art Direction 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Andy Nelson Best Sound 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Conor O'Sullivan Best Makeup 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gary Levinsohn Best Picture 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gary Rydstrom Best Sound 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gary Rydstrom Best Sound Effects Editing 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gary Summers Best Sound 1998 Winner

Cast

Tom Hanks
as Capt. John Miller
Edward Burns
as Private Richard Reiben
Tom Sizemore
as Sgt. Horvath
Jeremy Davies
as Cpl. Upham
Vin Diesel
as Pvt. Caparzo
Adam Goldberg
as Pvt. Mellish
Barry Pepper
as Pvt. Jackson
Giovanni Ribisi
as T/4 Medic Wade
Matt Damon
as Pvt. James Ryan
Dennis Farina
as Lt. Col. Anderson
Ted Danson
as Capt. Hamill
Harve Presnell
as Gen. George Marshall
Dale Dye
as War Dept. Colonel
Bryan Cranston
as War Dept. Colonel
David Wohl
as War Dept. Captain
Paul Giamatti
as Sergeant Hill
Ryan Hurst
as Paratrooper Michaelson
Harrison Young
as Ryan as Old Man
Dylan Bruno
as Private Alan Toynbe
Max Martini
as Corporal Henderson

Crew

Steven Spielberg
Director
Steven Spielberg
Producer
Gary Levinsohn
Producer
Ian Bryce
Producer
Robert Rodat
Screenwriter
Janusz Kaminski
Cinematographer
John Williams
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Kahn
Editor
Tom Sanders
Production Designer
Alan Tomkins
Art Director
Chris Seagers
Art Director
Ricky Eyres
Art Director
Tom Brown
Art Director
Daniel Dorrance
Supervising Art Director
Bonnie Curtis
Co-producer
Allison Lyon Segan
Co-producer
Mark Huffam
Associate Producer
Kevin de la Noy
Associate Producer
Joanna Johnston
Costume Designer
Ronald Judkins
Sound/Sound Designer
Gary Rydstrom
Sound/Sound Designer
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan
First Assistant Director
Dale Dye
Consultant/advisor
Denise Chamian
Casting
Priscilla John
Casting
Richard Hymns
Sound Effects Editor
Simon Crane
Stunts Coordinator
Neil Corbould
Special Effects Supervisor
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