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.
Steven Spielberg considered casting Matt Damon after viewing his performance in "Courage Under Fire (1996)," but thought he was too skinny. Ironically, Damon had put himself on a crash diet for the film on purpose, to appear emaciated. Robin Williams introduced Damon (who had regained much of his former weight) to Spielberg on the set of "Good Will Hunting (1997)," and Spielberg changed his mind.
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In the final battle, we see tanks with open roofs. While similar to the enclosed Panzer, these are in fact self-propelled guns, or "tank destroyers". The SPG that is destroyed with the petrol bombs early in the battle is a Marder III while Sgt. Horvath uses a bazooka to destroy a sav m/43 tank destroyer (both using a new German body and armament on a Czech chassis). The American soldiers probably referred to all German tanks as Panzers.
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On one of the Pay-per-view showings, several lines are cut. When the squad is going through the dogtags, Reiben notices many Italian-American soldiers and says "I swear all the guineas are gettin it," that line is was cut. Also, in the scene where Ryan tells Miller about his brothers in the barn, is cut. However on the next airing these scenes were not cut.
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$30,576,104 26 July 1998