* ActorAllusion: Tom Hanks served in [[ForrestGump Vietnam]]. At least he survived that conflict
* BannedInChina: Actually, Malaysia. Though it was released in DVD afterwards.
** Averted in India. The Indian Censor Board demanded Spielberg to cut out some of the more violent scenes in the movie. Spielberg refused. When the Indian Home Minister saw the movie for himself, he ordered it to be released uncut.
* DrugsAreBad: Tom Sizemore (Sgt. Horvath) was battling drug addiction while filming the movie. Spielberg knew about this and had Sizemore tested for drugs every day during filming, with the condition that Sizemore would be fired and his character recast should he tested positive for drugs just once.
* RoleAssociation:
** ForrestGump/[[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Woody]] is Captain Miller. [[StrangeDays Max Peltier]]/[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto Sonny Forrelli]] is his number two guy.
** Among the troops under Miller are [[TheFastAndTheFurious Dom Torreto]], [[StayAlive Miller Banks]], [[Film/{{Avatar}} Parker Selfridge]], [[OneMissedCall Det. Jack Andrews]] and [[FlagsOfOurFathers Sgt. Strank]].
** [[Film/TheBourneSeries Jason Bourne]] is the last of the Ryan brothers.
** [[Series/{{Firefly}} Mal Reynolds]][=/=][[Series/{{Castle}} Richard Castle]] is the wrong Private Ryan.
** [[Series/{{Lost}} Daniel Faraday]] has no clue what FUBAR means.
** [[{{Cheers}} Sam Malone]] and his troops rescue Captain Miller and his Rangers from a squad of Germans.
*** And his second-in-command is [[{{Sideways}} Miles Raymond]][=/=]Series/JohnAdams
** [[Main/LawAndOrder Joe Fontana]] gives Captain Miller the order to rescue Private Ryan.
** The one-armed colonel who who delivers the death notices of the three Ryan brothers to General Marshall is [[Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle Hal]][=/=][[Series/BreakingBad Walter White]].
** Dale Dye, a Vietnam veteran and real-life Marine, has a cameo in the movie as the white-haired officer who advising General Marshall against sending a rescue party after Ryan. He also served as a military consultant for the movie.
** Miller's CO is [[Film/GetShorty Ray Bones]].
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Michael Madsen was offered the role of Sgt. Horvath. He declined the role and recommended Tom Sizemore for the part.
** Edward Norton was also tapped for the role of Private Ryan.
** Before Tom Hanks was tapped for the role of Captain Miller, Creator/MelGibson and Creator/HarrisonFord were both considered for the role.
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