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Saving Private Ryan

DOWN & DIRTY:
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.

NITTY GRITTY:
After surviving the massive D-day invasion on the beaches of Normandy, Captain John Miller (TOM HANKS) is given a new assignment.

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 home.

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.

THE ENDING:
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 story.

WHAT EVERYONE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT:
The senselessness of war.


 
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