History Film / SavingPrivateRyan

28th Nov '16 8:58:59 PM Eddy1215
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* SurrenderBackfire: After his men are massacred in the FinalBattle, Steamboat Willie attempts to surrender to the Squad. [[spoiler:Upham shoots him dead]].
27th Nov '16 3:44:17 PM darrenr
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22nd Nov '16 6:11:58 PM Pysiewicz
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* DirtyCoward: Steamboat Willie, the German soldier captured in the aftermath of taking the radar station, shamelessly grovels to the American protagonists to spare him [[spoiler:even though he was the one who killed [[ShootTheMedicFirst Wade]]]]. Later on, [[spoiler:he returns for the final battle having rejoined another German unit, and ends up gunning down a few of the same people who spared him, including Captain Miller]]. [[AudienceSurrogate Upham]] is a somewhat more sympathetic example.

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* DirtyCoward: DirtyCoward:
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Steamboat Willie, the German soldier captured in the aftermath of taking the radar station, shamelessly grovels to the American protagonists to spare him [[spoiler:even though he was the one who killed [[ShootTheMedicFirst Wade]]]]. Later on, [[spoiler:he returns for the final battle having rejoined another German unit, and ends up gunning down a few of the same people who spared him, including Captain Miller]]. Miller]].
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[[AudienceSurrogate Upham]] is a somewhat more sympathetic example.example, but the level of sympathy purely depends on how much the viewer is ok with the messages of "freezing still due to panic in the middle of combat is justifable reaction" and ''especially'' "[[ARealManIsAKiller killing surrendering people makes you a hero]]". In fact, bringing up [[spoiler: Mellish death]] and then trying to defend Upham is a guaranteed way to start a massive argument.
20th Nov '16 5:45:21 AM Ohio9
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** Although bell towers are great sniping spots, they (and other obvious vantage points) were often demolished by both sides with extreme prejudice for that very reason -- not to kill snipers already in them, but to deny access to them in the first place.

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** Although bell towers are great sniping spots, they (and other obvious vantage points) were often demolished by both sides with extreme prejudice for that very reason -- not to kill snipers already in them, but to deny access to them in the first place. Furthermore, any sniper would know it is never advisable to take position in an isolated place that does not have a means of rapid escape, and Jackson's fate provides an excellent demonstration of why.
12th Nov '16 6:12:52 AM Morgenthaler
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** The company has a pool going on the background of Captain Miller, who never talks about where he's from and what he did before the war. Five bucks get you in the pool. The squad's general belief is that pre-war he was some kind of {{Badass}}. [[spoiler:Before the war he was a school teacher.]]

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** The company has a pool going on the background of Captain Miller, who never talks about where he's from and what he did before the war. Five bucks get you in the pool. The squad's general belief is that pre-war he was some kind of {{Badass}}.badass. [[spoiler:Before the war he was a school teacher.]]
13th Aug '16 4:38:22 PM jeez
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* UngratefulBastard: [[spoiler: Steamboat Willie. Of course it is likely that, after being released by the Squad and making it back to German lines, and being thrown back into circulation, he ''wasn't given a choice'' about going back into battle. With the war effort, Germany needed everyone able to carry a weapon fighting the Allied offensive. In fact, an Allied soldier escaping his captors and returning to his unit is usually viewed as heroic. But then again, he was the one to fatally shoot Captain Miller, the man who decided to release him.]]

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* UngratefulBastard: [[spoiler: Steamboat Willie. Of course it is likely that, after being released by the Squad and making it back to German lines, and being thrown back into circulation, he ''wasn't given a choice'' about going back into battle. With the war effort, Germany needed everyone able to carry a weapon fighting the Allied offensive. In fact, an Allied soldier escaping his captors and returning to his unit is usually viewed as heroic. But then again, he was the one to fatally shoot Captain Miller, the man who decided to release him.him - though, again, he had no reason to recognise him before he did.]]
23rd Jun '16 6:35:04 PM LTR
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* BulletSparks, EveryBulletIsATracer, and pretty much every other thing listed in [[GunsDoNotWorkThatWay this page]].

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* BulletSparks, EveryBulletIsATracer, BulletSparks: You see a few, but most of the gunfire kicks up dust or bits of rock and pretty much masonry, if it's visible at all.
* EveryBulletIsATracer: Only the MG-42s at Omaha Beach and the M1919 Brownings in the final battle are shown to fire tracer ammo. The ammo belts for the Brownings are specifically mentioned to have a tracer
every other thing listed in [[GunsDoNotWorkThatWay this page]].fifth round: "and tracers point both ways".
28th May '16 11:04:18 PM Beats1218
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The film earned the praise of audiences and critics alike; it was the highest-grossing domestic film of 1998 (second-highest-grossing worldwide), and it received eleven nominations in that year's Academy Awards (winning five). A notable fact was that Creator/StevenSpielberg won the award for Best Director, but the film itself lost to ''ShakespeareInLove'', making ''Ryan'' one of the few films in the modern history of the Awards to do so.

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The film earned the univeral praise of audiences and critics alike; it was the highest-grossing domestic film of 1998 (second-highest-grossing worldwide), and it received eleven nominations in that year's Academy Awards (winning five). A notable fact was that Creator/StevenSpielberg won the award for Best Director, but the film itself lost to ''ShakespeareInLove'', making ''Ryan'' one of the few films in the modern history of the Awards to do so.



** ''Ryan'' is one of the very rare R-rated aversions. Out of respect to veterans in wake of the film's immense popularity and impact, broadcast and cable networks leave the movie untouched and air it in its original state (sometimes with commercial breaks, sometimes not, but if there are breaks, the first one never happens until after the end of the Omaha Beach sequence). The film is always rated TV-MA, and has a disclaimer every time it comes from break, to account for this.

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** ''Ryan'' is one of the very rare R-rated aversions. Out of respect to veterans in wake of the film's immense popularity and impact, broadcast and cable networks networks, particularly ABC, A&E, AMC, and Spike, leave the movie untouched and air it in its original state (sometimes with commercial breaks, sometimes not, but if there are breaks, the first one never happens until after the end of the Omaha Beach sequence). The film is always rated TV-MA, and has a disclaimer every time it comes from break, which is pretty reasonable to account for this.
19th May '16 11:17:35 PM SCE2AUX
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* TooDumbToLive: That one soldier on Omaha Beach just ''has'' to take off his helmet right away to see the damage from a bullet on it. On the battlefield. With bullets flying every which way. Without ducking down first. [[BoomHeadshot You can see where this is going.]]

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* TooDumbToLive: That one soldier on Omaha Beach just ''has'' to take off his helmet right away to see the damage from a bullet on it. On the battlefield. With bullets flying every which way. Without ducking down first. [[BoomHeadshot You can see where this is going.]]]] Of course, considering what his mental state must have been at the time, it's completely understandable.
27th Apr '16 7:56:19 PM TheHestinator
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* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: It gets a fairly hard 9, due to horrific imagery like a soldier with his intestines partially hanging out, another one with his face missing, blood oozing out of open wounds on bare skin, some soldiers partially exploding when hit by high-caliber ammunition, etc. Too much carnage to list here.
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