Drama/Action: A small group of
World War II soldiers goes behind
enemy lines to find and return a
missing soldier who's been
ordered home because his three
brothers have already been killed
in the war.
After surviving the massive D-day
invasion on the beaches of
Normandy, Captain John Miller
(TOM HANKS) is given a new
Three brothers of the Ryan family
from Iowa have already been
killed in the war, and the
fourth, Private James Ryan, is
somewhere behind enemy lines.
To avoid a public relations
fiasco, the Army orders that Ryan
be found and returned safely
To do so, Miller and his
right-hand man, Sergeant Horvath
(TOM SIZEMORE), must take their
small platoon of eight men behind
German lines and find Ryan.
Also in the platoon are Private
Reiben (EDWARD BURNS), a
sarcastic Brooklynite, Corporal
Upham (JEREMY DAVIES), a military
translator who's scared to death
of combat, Private Jackson (BARRY
PEPPER), the sharpshooter, along
with Privates Mellish (ADAM
GOLDBERG), Caparzo (VIN DIESEL),
and medic Wade (GIOVANNI RIBISI).
As they make their way deeper
into German held territory they
ponder whether their or the
others' lives are worth the risks
being taken to find and save
Private Ryan, a soldier they
don't even know.
They find Private Ryan (twice
actually) but he doesn't want to
leave his unit guarding a bridge.
So Captain Miller and his men
join with Ryan's unit to keep the
bridge out of the Germans' hands.
Captain Miller is killed as he
blows up a tank blocking the
bridge. The rest of the platoon
is killed in action except for
Reiben and Ryan. Of course, we
already knew Ryan would survive
since he is at the beginning of
the movie and flashbacks to the
WHAT EVERYONE WILL BE
The senselessness of