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.
Voted #1 greatest war film in UK's Channel 4 poll in 2005.
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At the end, the elder James Ryan is facing the camera with the channel in the background. Ryan's wife approaches, reads the name on the marker. The way the shot is set up, Ryan is facing West, which means the name on the marker faces east. This is wrong: all names at Colleville-sur-Mer American Cemetery face west towards home.
There are no opening credits after the title is shown.
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)