History YMMV / SavingPrivateRyan

22nd Mar '18 6:30:33 PM Yukianesa
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* {{Fanon}}: Many people who saw the film were confused as to whether the German soldier that kills Corporal Mellish is also "Steamboat Willie." They are in fact, different soldiers. The soldier that kills Mellish has Waffen SS lapel insignia, while "Steamboat Willie" has the lapel insignia of an enlisted soldier in the Wehrmacht Heer.

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* {{Fanon}}: Many people who saw the film were confused as to whether the German soldier that kills Corporal Mellish is also "Steamboat Willie." They are in fact, different soldiers. The soldier that kills Mellish has Waffen SS lapel insignia, while "Steamboat Willie" has the lapel insignia of an enlisted soldier in the Wehrmacht Heer. To a good number of viewers however, the killer of Mellish being Steamboat Willie is fanon being better than the film, as it adds an extra layer of emotion to Upham's vendetta and reasoning for shooting Willie at the end.
10th Mar '18 6:44:41 PM Evighet
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** Creator/BryanCranston is Colonel Bryce, a minor character from early in the film.
23rd Feb '18 11:08:53 AM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* SignatureScene: The ''very first scene'' of the Normandy invasion on D-Day, widely regarded as arguably the best and most accurate depiction of the battle on film.
7th Feb '18 10:30:08 AM AmuckCricetine
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* OneSceneWonder: Ted Danson as Captain Hamill.

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* OneSceneWonder: Ted Danson Creator/TedDanson as Captain Hamill.


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** Creator/BryanCranston is Colonel Bryce, a minor character from early in the film.
10th Oct '17 4:32:02 PM maxwellsilver
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* FridgeBrilliance: At one point of the film Miller and Horvath discuss Ryan and their mission, with Miller stating that Ryan had better return home and cure cancer or invent the longer lasting light bulb. Later on he tells Ryan himself to "''earn this''". The elderly James Ryan tells [[spoiler:Miller's grave site]] that he has tried to live a good life and he hopes that in Miller's eyes this was enough. Not exactly the ideas Miller himself mentioned, and there has been a lot of discussion on whether Ryan ''did'' earn what they did for him. However, in a sense, we are all Private Ryan. It is oftentimes said that the soldiers who fought and died in WWII did so for our right to freedom and the way of life we take for granted today. How many of us have cured cancer or invented the longer lasting light bulb? Does that mean we aren't deserving of the sacrifice those soldiers made? Have any of us truly earned it? It may seem that Ryan should have done more with his life but maybe then we all should?
* FridgeHorror: Miller's [[spoiler:last words]] to Ryan are actually quite terrible, when you think about it. Ryan never asked for the rescue mission, in fact he is vocal about not wanting it at all, and it only happens because all three of his brothers have died. And then he gets an enormous heap of survivor's guilt fodder laid upon him by [[spoiler:the dying captain of the team who were sent to save him (and the movie implied that he feels that kind of guilt already when he asks for the names of the two men who, at the time they first found him, had died for him)]]. When we see him again as an old man we learn that he has suffered under this for the remainder of his life, specifically saying that he thinks about those words ''every day'' and wonders if Miller feels he has earned it. When he asks his wife [[spoiler:(who seemed to recognize the name on the cross they were standing by, suggesting her husband told her about it)]] if he's lead a good life, and is a good man, she appears to have heard the question before. Miller effectively doomed Ryan to live the rest of his life plagued by the thought that he might ''not'' be worthy of their rescue.
23rd Aug '17 6:18:54 PM Evighet
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* FridgeHorror: Miller's [[spoiler:last words]] to Ryan are actually quite terrible, when you think about it. Ryan never asked for the rescue mission, in fact he is vocal about not wanting it at all, and it only happens because all four of his brothers have died. And then he gets an enormous heap of survivor's guilt fodder laid upon him by [[spoiler:the dying captain of the team who were sent to save him (and the movie implied that he feels that kind of guilt already when he asks for the names of the two men who, at the time they first found him, had died for him)]]. When we see him again as an old man we learn that he has suffered under this for the remainder of his life, specifically saying that he thinks about those words ''every day'' and wonders if Miller feels he has earned it. When he asks his wife [[spoiler:(who seemed to recognize the name on the cross they were standing by, suggesting her husband told her about it)]] if he's lead a good life, and is a good man, she appears to have heard the question before. Miller effectively doomed Ryan to live the rest of his life plagued by the thought that he might ''not'' be worthy of their rescue.

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* FridgeHorror: Miller's [[spoiler:last words]] to Ryan are actually quite terrible, when you think about it. Ryan never asked for the rescue mission, in fact he is vocal about not wanting it at all, and it only happens because all four three of his brothers have died. And then he gets an enormous heap of survivor's guilt fodder laid upon him by [[spoiler:the dying captain of the team who were sent to save him (and the movie implied that he feels that kind of guilt already when he asks for the names of the two men who, at the time they first found him, had died for him)]]. When we see him again as an old man we learn that he has suffered under this for the remainder of his life, specifically saying that he thinks about those words ''every day'' and wonders if Miller feels he has earned it. When he asks his wife [[spoiler:(who seemed to recognize the name on the cross they were standing by, suggesting her husband told her about it)]] if he's lead a good life, and is a good man, she appears to have heard the question before. Miller effectively doomed Ryan to live the rest of his life plagued by the thought that he might ''not'' be worthy of their rescue.
23rd Aug '17 6:11:31 PM Evighet
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* FridgeHorror: Miller's [[spoiler:last words]] to Ryan are actually quite terrible, when you think about it. Ryan never asked for the rescue mission, in fact he is vocal about not wanting it at all, and it only happens because all four of his brothers have died. And then he gets an enormous heap of survivor's guilt fodder laid upon him by [[spoiler:the dying captain of the team who were sent to save him (and the movie implied that he feels that kind of guilt already when he asks for the names of the two men who, at the time they first found him, had died for him)]]. When we see him again as an old man we learn that he has suffered under this for the remainder of his life, specifically saying that he thinks about those words ''every day'' of his life and wonders if Miller feels he has earned it. When he asks his wife [[spoiler:(who seemed to recognize the name on the cross they were standing by, suggesting her husband told her about it)]] if he's lead a good life, and is a good man, she appears to have heard the question before. Miller effectively doomed Ryan to life the rest of his life plagued by the thought that he might ''not'' be worthy of their rescue.

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* FridgeHorror: Miller's [[spoiler:last words]] to Ryan are actually quite terrible, when you think about it. Ryan never asked for the rescue mission, in fact he is vocal about not wanting it at all, and it only happens because all four of his brothers have died. And then he gets an enormous heap of survivor's guilt fodder laid upon him by [[spoiler:the dying captain of the team who were sent to save him (and the movie implied that he feels that kind of guilt already when he asks for the names of the two men who, at the time they first found him, had died for him)]]. When we see him again as an old man we learn that he has suffered under this for the remainder of his life, specifically saying that he thinks about those words ''every day'' of his life and wonders if Miller feels he has earned it. When he asks his wife [[spoiler:(who seemed to recognize the name on the cross they were standing by, suggesting her husband told her about it)]] if he's lead a good life, and is a good man, she appears to have heard the question before. Miller effectively doomed Ryan to life live the rest of his life plagued by the thought that he might ''not'' be worthy of their rescue.
23rd Aug '17 6:10:11 PM Evighet
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* FridgeHorror: Miller's last words to Ryan are actually quite terrible, when you think about it. Ryan never asked for the rescue mission, in fact he is vocal about not wanting it at all, and it only happens because all four of his brothers have died. And then he gets an enormous heap of survivor's guilt fodder laid upon him by the dying captain of the team who were sent to save him (and the movie implied that he feels that kind of guilt already when he asks for the names of the two men who, at the time they first found him, had died for him). When we see him again as an old man we learn that he has suffered under this for the remainder of his life, specifically saying that he thinks about those words ''every day'' of his life and wonders if Miller feels he has earned it. When he asks his wife (who seemed to recognize the name on the cross they were standing by, suggesting her husband told her about it) if he's lead a good life, and is a good man, she appears to have heard the question before. Miller effectively doomed Ryan to life the rest of his life plagued by the thought that he might ''not'' be worthy of their rescue.

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* FridgeHorror: Miller's last words [[spoiler:last words]] to Ryan are actually quite terrible, when you think about it. Ryan never asked for the rescue mission, in fact he is vocal about not wanting it at all, and it only happens because all four of his brothers have died. And then he gets an enormous heap of survivor's guilt fodder laid upon him by the [[spoiler:the dying captain of the team who were sent to save him (and the movie implied that he feels that kind of guilt already when he asks for the names of the two men who, at the time they first found him, had died for him).him)]]. When we see him again as an old man we learn that he has suffered under this for the remainder of his life, specifically saying that he thinks about those words ''every day'' of his life and wonders if Miller feels he has earned it. When he asks his wife (who [[spoiler:(who seemed to recognize the name on the cross they were standing by, suggesting her husband told her about it) it)]] if he's lead a good life, and is a good man, she appears to have heard the question before. Miller effectively doomed Ryan to life the rest of his life plagued by the thought that he might ''not'' be worthy of their rescue.
23rd Aug '17 6:08:34 PM Evighet
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* FridgeHorror: Miller's last words to Ryan are actually quite terrible, when you think about it. Ryan never asked for the rescue mission, in fact he is vocal about not wanting it at all, and it only happens because all four of his brothers have died. And then he gets an enormous heap of survivor's guilt fodder laid upon him by the dying captain of the team who were sent to save him (and the movie implied that he feels that kind of guilt already when he asks for the names of the two men who, at the time they first found him, had died for him). When we see him again as an old man we learn that he has suffered under this for the remainder of his life, specifically saying that he thinks about those words ''every day'' of his life and wonders if Miller feels he has earned it. When he asks his wife (who seemed to recognize the name on the cross they were standing by, suggesting her husband told her about it) if he's lead a good life, and is a good man, she appears to have heard the question before. Miller effectively doomed Ryan to life the rest of his life plagued by the thought that he might ''not'' be worthy of their rescue.
7th Jun '17 1:35:51 PM PrincessGwen
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* CareerResurrection: Ted Danson. Cheers had been off the air for nearly a decade and he's been a in a number of commercial and critical flops since then. His short appearance in this film proved he could do drama every bit as well as comedy and he's worked steadily ever since.
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