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.
The names Rieben reads off the dog tags are all friends of actor Edward Burns.
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Neuville, where the Miller squad is headed to try to save Private Ryan, is to the west of Omaha Beach, and just a few miles inland from Utah Beach. The Army would have been extremely unlikely to send troops from Omaha Beach in the opposite direction from the direction in which the troops were advancing. Moreover, Carentan, a city between Omaha and Utah Beaches, was still in German hands at the time, and it would have been very difficult for the squad to get past it without going much farther inland or swimming. The battle for Carentan didn't end until 15 June...three days after the final battle depicted in the movie. Any squad going to "save Private Ryan" would more likely have been assembled from troops who had landed on Utah Beach...if such a squad would have been assembled at all. It would have been far more logical (if less dramatic) just to put the word out among the troops to try to find Private Ryan as they found each other after the air-drop errors, and advanced inland.
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