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Plot, Details & Awards

Saving Private Ryan

(1998)

Rated R for intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence, and for language.

R In Theaters 07/24/1998 , 170min.
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Plot & Details

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.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Steven Spielberg Won
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Makeup Lois Burwell Nominated
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Nominated
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Gary Summers Won
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Tom Hanks Nominated
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Robert Rodat Nominated
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Makeup Dan Striepeke Nominated
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Ronald Judkins Won
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Michael Kahn Won
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Ian Bryce Nominated
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Effects Editing Richard Hymns Won
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Effects Editing Gary Rydstrom Won
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Steven Spielberg Nominated
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Dramatic Score John Williams Nominated
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Makeup Conor O'Sullivan Nominated
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Lisa Dean Kavanaugh Nominated
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Mark Gordon Nominated
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Gary Levinsohn Nominated
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Gary Rydstrom Won
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Janusz Kaminski Won
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Andy Nelson Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Won
1998 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Steven Spielberg Won

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography Janusz Kaminski Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Director Steven Spielberg Won
1998 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Score John Williams Won
1998 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Picture Won

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Picture Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 Directors Guild of America Best Director Steven Spielberg Won

French Academy of Cinema

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 French Academy of Cinema Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Janusz Kaminski Won
1998 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Picture Won
1998 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Director Steven Spielberg Won

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