Saving Private Ryan Review

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Saving Private Ryan Review by Gilbert Barraza Cesi Barba Hist1301 MWF The movie Saving Private Ryan by Steven Spielberg is a story that starts on June 6, 1944, D-Day, on Omaha Beach as the United States Army’s 1st Infantry Division began its historic invasion of Normandy, France. The movie tells the story of Captain Miller and his small unit of soldiers as they first struggle to complete their mission of securing Omaha Beach for the Allies and then of their mission to save one soldier. Captain John Miller, played by Tom Hanks, is given the task of searching for a specific soldier, Private James Ryan. Ryan’s three brothers have been killed in action within a few days of each other so the Army command wants to send Ryan, the last surviving brother, home. Captain Miller and his unit, who are part of the 2nd Ranger Battalion of the 29th Infantry Division, set out across France to look for Ryan, a member of the 101st Airborne Division, who may or may not be alive. Along the way we become acquainted with Miller and his men as they all question why the Army is willing to risk their lives to save one man. The movie is possibly the most graphic depiction of the invasion of Normandy that has ever been made.The opening thirty minutes of the movie shows the violent struggle of the American soldiers to take Omaha Beach from the Germans. It is a very vivid and graphic depiction of the actual battle that took place there. Saving Private Ryan was released in 1998, fifty four years after the actual events of D-Day took place. It was based loosely on a real person, Sergeant Frederick Niland. In 1942, the war department established the Sole Survivor Policy after the death of the Sullivan brothers. The policy protects remaining family members from active combat duty. Considering the fact that the story was written around the

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