Saving Private Ryan (1998)

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    There are 51 replies in this Thread. The last Post () by The Tennesseean.

    • Re: Classic War Movies- Saving Private Ryan (1998)

      ethanedwards wrote:

      Thanks Bill for the photos.
      I still think this movie
      is one of the best war movies ever made
      and therefore ranks a Classic

      I second that, Keith. Great film all around.

      "I couldn't go to sleep at night if the director didn't call 'cut'. "
    • Re: Classic War Movies- Saving Private Ryan (1998)

      It should've won the Best Picture Oscar, not that Shakespeare In Love movie. And I think the reason is that there seemed to be an anti-Steven Speilberg movement going on for years. I think there was alot of jealousy going on in Hollywood because he was having so much success with so many of his movies.
    • Re: Classic War Movies- Saving Private Ryan (1998)

      I agree. My dad, who piloted a Higgins boat in many campaigns in the South Pacific (most notably, Okinawa), could NOT watch the beach landing scene.

      He said it was "too real," and even for me, who's never seen combat, it's very near too much.
    • Re: Classic War Movies- Saving Private Ryan (1998)

      Keith, ya didint miss much in the way of classic cinematic art filmed.

      Anyway, while at the gun show today, I found a dealer who has a WWII American 82nd Airborne DIvision Paratroopers helmet--complete with original and VERY scarce Westinghouse made liner. It looks exactly like the lid the ""G.I."" in the middle of this photo posted by Bill--is wearing--same exact type helmet net too. Im thinking of getting it since it cam efrom a local WWII 82nd AB trooper who is still alive and I now know where to meet these gent sat. He comes into a local place called: Andy's Kitchen--along with about 10 other WWII Vets. I cant wait to go meet them as well as buy that helmet and get provinance from the vet who wore it. For $150--that's CHEAP FOR A WWII pROVED pARA LID.

      Forgot to post the pix so here it is:
      Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..
    • Re: Classic War Movies- Saving Private Ryan (1998)

      The Ringo Kid wrote:

      Update: That 82nd Para lid is now mine ;-)) Once i get it in me mitts-im going to get provinance on its former owner who is still alive ;-))

      Well, nice Christmas there Carl. Now, pray tell, how do you get provinance and what is it? I would want him to put it on and take a picture of him, LOL!
      God, she reminds me of me! DUKE
    • Re: Classic War Movies- Saving Private Ryan (1998)

      The other night on the Smithsonian Channel, they had a program about this movie and if any of it was based on fact. They told of the five Sullivan brothers from Iowa who died when their ship, the cruiser USS Juneau, was sunk in the early days of WW2. Three of them went down with the ship, the other two survived but later died in the water. One of them because of the severe heat and exposure and he just slipped away, the last because he was so distraught over losing his four brothers, he just dove under the sea and never came up.
      It also told the story of the four Niland brothers of NY, who seemd to be the pattern for the Ryan brothers of the movie. Three of Niland brothers were part of the D-day, landings. One with the 101st, one with the 82nd, and the other with another unit whose name escapes me. The fourth Niland brother was in the Army Air Corp in the Pacific. Of the first three, the one with the 82nd was killed by a sniper, I can't remember how one of the others were killed but it was near the same time as the first. And the Niland who was a flyer was shot down over New Guinea and reported missing. Fritz Niland was with the 101st, much like James Ryan in the movie. It was assumed that he was the sole survivng son and he was pulled out of the front lines and sent home. It was awhile later that the family found out that another had survived and was in a Japanese POW camp and he returned home after the war.