Saving Private Ryan (1998)

R  |   |  Drama, War

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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.


  • Tom Hanks and Matt Damon in Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  • Jane Seymour at an event for Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  • Edward Burns at an event for Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  • James Keach and Jane Seymour at an event for Saving Private Ryan (1998)
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Cast & Crew

Top Billed Cast


Steven Spielberg


Robert Rodat

Did You Know?


Many veterans of D-Day congratulated director Steven Spielberg for the film's authenticity, as did actor James Doohan, who is best known for playing Scotty in Star Trek (1966). Doohan lost the middle finger of his right hand and was wounded in the leg during the war. Also, he participated in ... ...


Ryan's son: Dad?


In the movie, you'll notice that all member from the 101st Airborne Division have an Ace of Spades on their helmet. During WWII, the only members from the 101st with an Ace of Spades on their helmet were those part of the 506th Regiment. The other Regiments in that division painted different card symbols on their helmets. We know that not every member of the 101st in the movie is from the 506th Regiment, because at one point, early in the film, Captain Miller and his men stop to talk to a member of the 506th Regiment as that was Ryan's regiment too. The fact that Captain Miller has been told to talk to this specific soldier, because he's from the 506th, implies that most, if not all, of the other men around the town are from separate regiments, yet they all have the Ace of Spades on their helmet. Towards the end of the film, when Captain Miller meets Corporal Henderson, he states that he is from the 501st Regiment, yet he has an Ace of Spades on his helmet as well, instead of a Diamond, which would be the correct symbol for a member from the 501st.

Crazy Credits

The DreamWorks and Paramount logos play in complete silence.


Release Date:

24 July 1998


English, French, German, Czech

Country of Origin


Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,576,104 (USA) (26 July 1998)


$216,540,909 (USA) (15 June 2012)

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