Genre Grandeur – Saving Private Ryan (1998) – Encore Review 9 – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Oscar Nominated/Winning Films. here’s a review of Saving Private Ryan (1998) by me.

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“You want to leave? You want to go off and fight the war? All right. All right. I won’t stop you. I’ll even put in the paperwork. I just know that every man I kill the farther away from home I feel.” – Captain Miller

Number of Times Seen – Too many times to count (Twice in the theater, video, DVD, 2 May 2013, 1 Jul 2014, 22 Feb 2016, 2 Jul 2017, 9 Jul 2017, 12 Jun 2018, 4 Jun 2019, 7 Jan 2020, 7 Nov 2021 and 31 Mar 2022)

Link to original reviewHere, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A squad of soldiers are sent on a mission right after D-Day to find a lone paratrooper whose three brothers were killed in action.

My Take on it – Of the 487 films nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars that have not won that prestigious award, this is by far (IMHO) the biggest snub. (C’mon! Shakespeare in Love (1998) is not even close to being as powerful a story)

Steven Spielberg does an amazing job taking the viewer into battle with him and they allow us to see and feel what soldiers possibly feel as they are under fire.

The story plays out really well and is enhanced by the characters, dialogue and the action.

This film is one of the most realistic war films ever filmed and shows the brutality of war and the toll it can take both physically and mentally on soldiers.

The exquisite cast is led by Tom Hanks and the rest of them enhance the story so much.

This film is thrilling and poignant in all that it does and the realism is able to help make things even more engaging and enjoyable to watch because it is so profound and genuine the whole way through.

This film was nominated for 11 Oscars including best Picture, but only manged to win 5 including Best Director for Steven Spielberg.

The score by John Williams helps accentuate the power of the story so well.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This is the last film edited on a non-digital editing system to win an Academy Award for editing. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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