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Trivia: Saving Private Ryan
  • Actor Allusion: Tom Hanks served in Vietnam. At least he survived that conflict
  • Banned in China:
    • 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.
  • Disabled Character, Disabled Actor:
    • In the opening scene, a soldier who had just had his legs blown off was played by an actor who had lost his legs years before. A number of the other soldiers on the beach are also played by amputees with prosthetic limbs to simulate having arms or legs eviscerated.
    • Subverted with the one-armed colonel, played by Bryan Cranston, who is not an amputee.
  • Drugs Are Bad: 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.
  • Dueling Movies: This film and The Thin Red Line; they were pitted against each other at the Oscars and amongst war movie buffs. This was more a function of marketing than anything else — The Thin Red Line was significantly slower-paced and more philosophical as compared to Ryan's traditional war movie feel.
  • Enforced Method Acting: The actors portraying the rest of the eponymous Ryan's platoon had to go through very realistic, difficult military training. The eponymous Ryan...didn't. Which actually doubles this trope: Damon's exemption was planned to create resentment on the part of the rest of the cast, which mirrored their character's feelings.
  • Fake American: Daniel Jackson (the sniper)'s actor Barry Pepper is Canadian.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • 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, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford were both considered for the role.
    • A draft of the screenplay had Miller survive and Upham die.

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