R | | Drama, War
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.
For the initial battle scenes in the sea, spare ammunition carried by the actors was made from wood, as metal was too heavy.
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When Captain Miller and his men decide to stay at the bridge after finding Private Ryan, all of the equipment is inventoried, and Miller is told that they have two .30 caliber machine guns. One of them is seen being hauled up into the bell tower, and later, Mellish tells Corporal Henderson he will go and get him some ammo for the .30 caliber that Henderson has. As Mellish walks away from Henderson's machine gun, another soldier walks by carrying another one, even though that one is supposed to be in the bell tower already. For this scenario to work, there would have had to have been three machine guns.
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English, French, German, Czech
$30,576,104 (USA) (24 July 1998)
$216,119,491 (USA) (21 May 1999)
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