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great film. one of spielberg's best? not as great as Saving Ryan's Privates, mind
but awful scheduling, its far too late for a movie THIS intense
although it did help spawn band of brothers which is about the best war dramatisation there is
i don't think it's overly sentimental. it's pretty uncompromising in that respect, like the scene where the jewish fella gets stabbed in the heart and his fellow private has a chance to save him but chickens out.
then they all start talking