• Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Saving Private Ryan

Release Date: July 24th, 1998

DVD Release Date: November 2nd, 1999

R |2 hr 49 min

Plot Summary

Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) takes his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Surrounded by the brutal realties of war, while searching for Ryan, each man embarks upon a personal journey and discovers their own strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency and courage.

Cast: Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore, Jeremy Davies, Vin Diesel, Adam Goldberg, Barry Pepper, Giovanni Ribisi

Director: Steven Spielberg

Genres: War , Historical drama

Production Co: Amblin Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Mutual Film Company, DreamWorks SKG, Mark Gordon Productions

Distributors: Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks SKG

Keywords: Quest, Brother, Soldier, France, Gritty, Mother, Death, Dark, Rescue, Gripping, 1940s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    For those who are willing to brave the movie's shocking and unforgettable images, Saving Private Ryan offers a singular motion picture experience. show more

  • 90
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    A harrowing World War II epic about the struggle to uphold decency in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, the visual masterwork finds Spielberg atop his craft, weaving heart-pounding action and gut-wrenching emotion — often during the same sequence — that will leave viewers silently shaken. show more

  • 90
    David EdelsteinSlate

    What Steven Spielberg has accomplished in Saving Private Ryan is to make violence terrible again. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Winner Sound Effects Editing
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Winner Film Editing
Winner Directing
Winner Sound
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Art Direction
Winner Cinematography
Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Winner Achievement in Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Winner Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Makeup
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Music (Original Dramatic Score)
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)