Saving Private Ryan - Page 6




 
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February 13th, 2005  
Popeye
 
 
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Originally Posted by the_13th_redneck
Remember that there are plenty of World War II films that include the British in them. Saving Private Ryan was not a historical documentary. It was a story about a guy (Miller) who justified his actions by concluding that by doing what he did.... and sometimes losing a guy or two, he was saving ten times the number. In comes a new mission and that justification is thrown out the door.
That's what it was about. That's why the other beaches weren't shown.
While this has proved true, the 4 brother situation was modeled after a real one in WWII... except they were in the Navy I think - but they did get that idea off of a true story and that with the combination of Capt. Miller = a good WWII action movie with a compelling story.
February 13th, 2005  
Zucchini
 
Four Sullivan brothers perished on one ship, but there also was a soldier named Niland who was ordered to be evacuated from Normandy because of circumstances very similar to those in the movie. He was a paratrooper who was separated from his unit behind the German lines. There was no rescue mission for Niland. He walked through the American lines and was evacuated.

I think the writers also had the following true story in mind when they wrote the scripts:

...Company A, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, who were part of the first wave at Omaha Beach in WWII. Initially, 103 of them left the small town of Bedford, Va.-now the site of the national D-Day memorial-when the local National Guard was called up in 1940; 34 were still with the company on D-Day. Of these, 19 died in a matter of minutes and three more perished in the Normandy campaign. ....


By telling a story that never happened they were trying to tell a true story of all men who served. I think they accomplished that.
February 13th, 2005  
A Can of Man
 
 
Saving Private Ryan was inspired by a story of a soldier in the 506th PIR 101st AB Division. I can't recall the soldier's name, but his brothers had died, he had jumped into Normandy and the guy had recieved his orders to go back to the US. He didn't have many complaints.
It is mentioned in the book Citizen Soldiers by Stephen Ambrose. Knowing his tightness with the 506th, it's not unreasonable to believe that Saving Private Ryan was inspired by that one incident.
Obviously Spielberg etc. found that it would make a great premise for a fictional World War II story.
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February 14th, 2005  
Doppleganger
 
 
Just watched Saving Private Ryan again and don't mind admitting it brought tears to my eyes again. It's pretty accurate as far as I can make out, having never been in that position myself. The events depicted in the movie seem to be accurate although I think there's a little too much antagonism between the platoon members that Tom Hanks has to look after, especially seeing as they're Rangers and not just National Guardsmen. I also think he'd get more than just a single platoon to help him out.

I'm from the UK and I don't see it really as saying that only the US took part in D-Day. It's a story at the end of the day, that accurately depicts what a horrible business war really is. Yet, for how horrible I know war really is, I can't help but be fascinated by it.
February 14th, 2005  
Charge 7
 
 
Antagonism makes for a more interesting movie so far as Hollywood's concerned. Also National Guardsman aren't anymore disposed to it than Rangers. Perhaps even less so given as they come from the same towns and are often childhood friends, brothers and cousins.
February 24th, 2005  
506thWW214yroldBuff
 
http://www.sproe.com/n/fritz-niland.html ........this is a good website i found that explains a whole lot bout the movie...like wats fictional and wats true... for example there was no rescue mission done by rangers to rescue a paratrooper... i watched an interview betwwen a senator and Major Winters...
http://www.reppayne.com/index.cfm?Se...SectionTree=93
.... and he talked about how spielberg and hanks came up w/ the idea for spr from 3 sentences in the book Band of Brothers(i believe its in the normandy chapters). this is my very first post and i just wnated to say hi to every1 and ive been studyin WW2 since i was 12. hope this will clear some things up...thanks bye
February 24th, 2005  
chewie_nz
 
the one bit that ALWAYS gets me with saving private ryan is when the old Ryan turns to his wife and says "have i been a good man"

EVERY time
February 24th, 2005  
A Can of Man
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by chewie_nz
the one bit that ALWAYS gets me with saving private ryan is when the old Ryan turns to his wife and says "have i been a good man"

EVERY time
When you owe your life to people like Private Ryan did... it must put some enormous pressure on him to live up to the almost unattainable standards set on that day.
February 24th, 2005  
chewie_nz
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by the_13th_redneck
Quote:
Originally Posted by chewie_nz
the one bit that ALWAYS gets me with saving private ryan is when the old Ryan turns to his wife and says "have i been a good man"

EVERY time
When you owe your life to people like Private Ryan did... it must put some enormous pressure on him to live up to the almost unattainable standards set on that day.
just the power of that simple question....and the way it was delivered...had more impact on me than the rest of the movie. that ryan had lived his life to make up for all the good men that died for him
February 25th, 2005  
Boobies
 
 

Topic: Gosh...


That movie stunned me with brutality of war. I couldn't sleep the first time I saw that movie. I kept feeling the bullets ripping through my skins, knife tearing my flesh, blood oozing out of bullet holes. I was really feeling sick to the point of vomitting.

I felt so grateful for the sacrifices that allied soldiers did for us. It helped me to understand more on wars: the inhumane side of the drummed up glories.

Respect!