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 Battle of Ramelle at the end of the film was based on a battle that actually took place 3 days after the Normandy Invasion on June 9th, 1944. The intense battle between the 82nd and 101st US Airborne Divisions and 1057th Panzergrenadier Regiment of the German 91st Division approaching from the west happened at the La Fiere Causeway (Bridge in the film). Captain John H. Miller (Tom Hanks) was based off of Captain John Sauls who led the American troops. Confronted by a line of French-built Renault light tanks and a large number of heavily armed infantrymen, the Americans wasted no time going into action. Using any weapon available-bazooka, machine gun or hand grenade Saul's men disabled one tank after another, sometimes from only a few yards away. At last out of ammunition, the men regrouped and retreated toward the orchard where the remaining American soldiers would spend the next crucial 48 hours cut off from the causeway battle. The Germans now held the western end of the causeway in force. A heavy German counterattack threatened to push the still disorganized Americans back across the river the next day, but the assault was repulsed by the US Airforce. By mid-afternoon, a linkup was finally achieved with Timmes men, who were still defending their orchard. Thus ended the fight for the causeway at La Fiére.
LCVP pilot: CLEAR THE RAMP! THIRTY SECONDS! GOD BE WITH YA!
At the end when Tom Hanks has been shot and he pulls out his pistol in his final act of defiance, watch closely. The pistol jams on his second round. You can see the slide lock partially open. Immediately afterwards he goes on to fire several more shots.
The DreamWorks and Paramount logos play in complete silence.
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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