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.
Michael Bay once reflected on this film being one of several that he turned down. "I had gotten movie offers and turned them down. I took my time. They sent me Saving Private Ryan, but I wouldn't have known what to do with it." Bay would later direct the World War II movie Pearl Harbor (2001) and the contemporary war movie 13 Hours (2016).
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It's commonly thought that only two or three tanks landed on Omaha Beach early on D-Day. At the eastern end, only two DD tanks of 741st Tank Battalion landed out of a total of 29 launched. Three more were landed directly onto the beach (one of the four on this LCT was damaged on the run in). 16 of 18 non-DD tanks of the 741st were also landed. At the western end, 28 DD tanks of 743rd Tank Battalion plus 14 non-DD tanks were landed dry. Officers on LCTs carrying 743rd Tank Battalion saw several DD tanks of the 741st founder almost immediately after launching, and decided to land their tanks straight onto the beach.
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German television-version is heavily cut, missing most of the violence particularly during the landing-scene at the beginning of the film.
English, French, German, Czech
$30,576,104 (USA) (26 July 1998)
$216,540,909 (USA) (15 June 2012)
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