History Film / SavingPrivateRyan

6th Sep '17 1:24:58 PM Ereiam
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* FamousLastWords: "[[EarnYourHappyEnding Earn it.]]"

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* FamousLastWords: "[[EarnYourHappyEnding Earn it.]]"]]" Doubles as LastRequest.
26th Aug '17 9:59:10 PM BentusiAvatar
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* FreezeFrameBonus: If you look really carefully at the beginning of the film, [[spoiler:the old man is wearing a 101st Airborne pin on his jacket, which serves as a SpoilerOpening: Miller's squad is drawn from his company of the 2nd Battalion, US Army Rangers while Upham is a clerk on loan from the 29th Infantry Division. Only one major character was in the 101st Airborne: the eponymous Private Ryan.]

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* FreezeFrameBonus: If you look really carefully at the beginning of the film, [[spoiler:the old man is wearing a 101st Airborne pin on his jacket, which serves as a SpoilerOpening: Miller's squad is drawn from his company of the 2nd Battalion, US Army Rangers while Upham is a clerk on loan from the 29th Infantry Division. Only one major character was in the 101st Airborne: the eponymous Private Ryan.]]]
16th Aug '17 5:49:21 PM Rebu
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* FreezeFrameBonus: If you look really carefully, the old man at the beginning of the film is wearing a 101st Airborne pin on his jacket, which serves as a SpoilerOpening: Miller's squad is drawn from his company of the 2nd Battalion, US Army Rangers while Upham is a clerk on loan from the 29th Infantry Division. Only one major character was in the 101st Airborne: the eponymous Private Ryan.

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* FreezeFrameBonus: If you look really carefully, the old man carefully at the beginning of the film film, [[spoiler:the old man is wearing a 101st Airborne pin on his jacket, which serves as a SpoilerOpening: Miller's squad is drawn from his company of the 2nd Battalion, US Army Rangers while Upham is a clerk on loan from the 29th Infantry Division. Only one major character was in the 101st Airborne: the eponymous Private Ryan.]
10th Aug '17 4:24:47 AM Arivne
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* WarIsHell: If the Omaha Beach opening doesn't [[{{Anvilicious}} convince you of this, nothing will]]. Both the Americans and the Germans regularly slaughter each other in highly grotesque and even morally-outrageous ways, and there's never any sign that there is any good to be taken from the experience, except the titular mission of mercy.

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* WarIsHell: WarIsHell
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If the Omaha Beach opening doesn't [[{{Anvilicious}} convince you of this, nothing will]]. Both the Americans and the Germans regularly slaughter each other in highly grotesque and even morally-outrageous ways, and there's never any sign that there is any good to be taken from the experience, except the titular mission of mercy.
10th Aug '17 4:21:48 AM Arivne
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* {{Reconstruction}}: of War Movies. Following UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, most war movies focused on the futile or dehumanizing nature of war. This movie definitely has a WarIsHell mentality, with the shear brutality of the D-Day landings and honest portrayals of [[ShellShockedVeteran shell-shocked soldiers]] clearly communicating the horrors of war. Yet, this all only served to further highlight the valor of those fighting. Several of the more heroic MilitaryAndWarfareTropes are played without irony. Captain Miller is a classic FatherToHisMen, and none of the military leaders are portrayed as [[GeneralFailure foolish]], [[DirtyCoward cowardly]], [[TheNeidermeyer mean-spirited]] or [[GloryHound dangerously gung-ho]]. Though the soldiers mock Upham for trying to apply the BandOfBrothers trope to them, they all essentially interact this way. Finally, the movie is [[BookEnds bookended]] by scenes at Normandy, which honors the sacrifice of American soldiers, alongside [[PatrioticFervor a huge American flag]].

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* {{Reconstruction}}: of War Movies.WarMovies. Following UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, most war movies focused on the futile or dehumanizing nature of war. This movie definitely has a WarIsHell mentality, with the shear brutality of the D-Day landings and honest portrayals of [[ShellShockedVeteran shell-shocked soldiers]] clearly communicating the horrors of war. Yet, this all only served to further highlight the valor of those fighting. Several of the more heroic MilitaryAndWarfareTropes are played without irony. Captain Miller is a classic FatherToHisMen, and none of the military leaders are portrayed as [[GeneralFailure foolish]], [[DirtyCoward cowardly]], [[TheNeidermeyer mean-spirited]] or [[GloryHound dangerously gung-ho]]. Though the soldiers mock Upham for trying to apply the BandOfBrothers trope to them, they all essentially interact this way. Finally, the movie is [[BookEnds bookended]] by scenes at Normandy, which honors the sacrifice of American soldiers, alongside [[PatrioticFervor a huge American flag]].



* TropeCodifier: Far from the first film to use JitterCam -- the technique dates back to the 50's at least, and ''Series/NYPDBlue'' had been using it to [[MemeticMutation memetic]] levels for five years at that time, but the ubiquitous use of hand-held "Shakycam" in action sequences in movies, TV and Video Games began here and continued throughout the remainder of [[TheNineties the 90's]], [[TurnOfTheMillennium 2000's]], up to the [[TheNewTens present day]]. Widespread use of desaturated color, especially in War Movies/TV/Video Games, also followed.

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* TropeCodifier: Far from the first film to use JitterCam -- the technique dates back to the 50's at least, and ''Series/NYPDBlue'' had been using it to [[MemeticMutation memetic]] levels for five years at that time, but the ubiquitous use of hand-held "Shakycam" in action sequences in movies, TV and Video Games VideoGames began here and continued throughout the remainder of [[TheNineties the 90's]], [[TurnOfTheMillennium 2000's]], up to the [[TheNewTens present day]]. Widespread use of desaturated color, especially in War Movies/TV/Video Games, WarMovies/TV/video games, also followed.
10th Aug '17 4:16:38 AM Arivne
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** After the Normandy Landing, two German soldiers put their hands up and try to surrender, only to get gunned down by American Soldiers -- made even more horrifying if you catch the BilingualBonus and realize that they're Czech conscripts.
** After his men are massacred in the FinalBattle, Steamboat Willie attempts to surrender to the Squad. [[spoiler:Upham shoots him dead.]]

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** After the Normandy Landing, landing, two German soldiers put their hands up and try to surrender, only to get gunned down by American Soldiers soldiers -- made even more horrifying if you catch the BilingualBonus and realize that they're Czech conscripts.
** After his men are massacred in the FinalBattle, Steamboat Willie attempts to surrender to the Squad.squad. [[spoiler:Upham shoots him dead.]]
10th Aug '17 4:13:45 AM Arivne
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* SoldiersAtTheRear: When Miller needs a new translator, the only one available is a green Corporal who's spent the entirety of the D-Day landings at a desk drawing maps and hasn't fired his weapon since basic training.

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* SoldiersAtTheRear: When Miller needs a new translator, the only one available is a green Corporal corporal who's spent the entirety of the D-Day landings at a desk drawing maps and hasn't fired his weapon since basic training.
10th Aug '17 4:04:48 AM Arivne
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* OhCrap: [[spoiler: Jackson, right before he gets blown up by a German tank.]]

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* OhCrap: OhCrap:
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[[spoiler: Jackson, Jackson]], right before he gets blown up by a German tank.]]
10th Aug '17 4:02:29 AM Arivne
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** subverted in one instance: the patrol is on the verge of executing a captured German after his squad kills Wade, but don't (and after [[UngratefulBastard he comes back to battle]], loses and surrenders, Upham shoots him).

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** subverted Subverted in one instance: the patrol is on the verge of executing a captured German after his squad kills Wade, but don't (and after [[UngratefulBastard he comes back to battle]], loses and surrenders, Upham shoots him).
10th Aug '17 3:53:24 AM Arivne
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** Played with with Upham, who is not a ranger himself, but on loan from the Twenty-Ninth Infantry and has absolutely no combat experience.

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** Played with with Upham, who is not a ranger Ranger himself, but on loan from the Twenty-Ninth Infantry and has absolutely no combat experience.
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