Saving Private Ryan – A Movie Review
Saving Private Ryan hit the big screen in 1998. Directed by the master Stephen Spielberg, and staring Tom Hanks. We saw this movie when it was released; the theater was full there wasn’t one empty seat to be had.
The first 25 minutes of Saving Private Ryan was the assault on Omaha Beach, the invasion of Normandy known as D-Day June 6, 1944. I sat there in absolute AWE!! As I’m sure everybody else was.
As I sat there and watched this, tears began running down my face. What kept running through my mind during the beginning of the movie was; oh my God this really happened, there wasn’t a dry eye in the theater.
After a General in Washington D.C. learns that three out of four brothers in one family had been killed in action, and the fourth brother Private James Francis Ryan was missing in action, he orders him to be found and brought home.
Captain John H. Miller (Tom Hanks) and a group of his soldiers receive orders to find Private Ryan and bring him home safely.
My dad passed away in 1998 so he never saw this movie. I wonder what he would have thought, as he served in the Navy and was off the shore of Omaha Beach awaiting their orders that day. My dad was on the USS Thurston, a troop transport carrier.
These are the transports that carry the troops to the beaches. The story line not far from reality as my dad and his three brothers all served in World War II at the same time.
My dad’s youngest brother was missing in action, as his plane was shot down over Austria. My grandparents later found out that he was safe and a POW in Germany.
Saving Private Ryan has a powerful ending which I can’t reveal in case you haven’t seen this movie. It will make you start thinking of how you lived your own life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR. SAM MONACO