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stating the obvious here but fuck me, great movie
and he made a replica of himself to use as a corpse on the beach so he could be in it too :D
that he has for such occasions. He made a thumb when he was still at school and buried it in the garden. His dad found it about 15 years later and was convinced he'd found a body.
although for me nothing can come close to Band of Brothers from the 'Medal of Honor'-era WW2 dramas
I'm really looking forward to The Pacific http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pacific_%28miniseries%29
EXCEPT I DON'T HAVE FUCKING SKY MOVIES!
whenever anyone else wants to show any kind of d-day thing they don't bother trying to recreate d-day, just reshoot a budget version of that
Hollywood well done. Not often you can say that.
One of the few times Spielberg doesn't sugarcoat it - and the film is all the better for it.
Some favourite scenes (opening excepted, because everyone knows it's in the the top five first acts in movie history):
- The "gripe" scene:
"Riven, listen up, this is how to gripe."
"Ha ha. What the fuck do you know about brotherhood? Ha, get a load of this bullshit."
"Put me and this sniper rifle within a mile of Adolf Hitler, pack your bags, the war's over, fellas. Amen."
- Vin Diesel and the little kid:
"She reminds me of my niece, sir! The decent thing to do--"
"We're not here to do the decent thing, we're here to follow fucking orders."
- In the church:
"The trick to falling asleep is trying to stay awake."
"This Ryan kid better invent a longer lasting lightbulb, or something. Because the truth is, he isn't worth it."
- Ted Danson and the red herring Pvt. Ryan:
"This is all just one big foul up."
"You mean my brother's aren't dead?"
"Yeah, I'm sure they're fine."
- The part where they meet the spaced-out pilot who crash landed and then rifle through the dog tags.
- When it all starts falling apart with the german POW.
"You're gonna shoot me because of a Kraut?"
"No, I'm gonna shoot you because I don't like you."
"I was a school teacher...I wonder how I'll explain all this to my wife...with every man I kill, I feel a little further away from home."
^A phenomenally scripted, acted, directed and timed scene. Say what you want about Steve S, and there's plenty you can, but the man knows character, structure, emotion and the art of directing better than anyone else in the business.
- The final showdown.
The two modern sequences which bookend the film are fairly weak. But the rest stands up taller than ever. If Spielberg had the balls to reach this deep more often, films would be so much better as a whole (seen as how many directors take their cues from him).
gets knived in a fight scene with another soldier. It's so intimate and upfront...nothing at all what you'd expect from a war movie. Proper shook me for a while that.
And not in a chilled out way
To this day, if I watch it on TV, I step out of the room. If I watch it on DVD, I skip ahead. I can take violence...I can take bloodshed...I can't take one guy slowly driving a knife into another guy while whispering, almost paternally, with something approaching compassion, "Shhh...shhh...shhh..."
Christ, just thinking about it my blood is running cold.
The fact that they're fighting, rolling over that US guy who's choking to death having been shot in the throat.
I always remember that guy who gets blown apart trying to stick the bomb to the tank as well...So harsh, especially how insignificant it seems in the melee! Very powerful scene.
But good point I guess
the one they let go/Upham executes is a normal soldier and the knife fight guy is SS. They look very similar though.
and the German sniper getting shot through his rifle sight is cool too, but THE MUSIC OH GOD THE FUCKING TERRIBLE MUSIC THE WHOLE WAY THROUGH. So saccharine and overwrought. Total guff. And all the boring emo bullshit Emotions stuff.
Basically: when fighting / dying is happening - this film is great. When fighting / dying is not happening - this film is pony.
The battle scenes were so much better than anything I'd ever seen before. The overall storyline is a bit pansy imho.
the medic talking about pretending to be asleep when his mum got in from work....just a wonderful delicate aside, the likes of which never normally feature in similar budgeted films
the colour design too...amazing.
i was watching it last night thinking...'i'll never get the chance to see this in the cinema for the first time'...and that made me very sad.
and when the jewish guy gets killed, i agree....one of the most chilling screen deaths of all time...when he starts saying...'okokokwassup,wassupheyhey'...to stop him....gets me every time...and the sweat from the german, dripping onto his face. fucking amazing.
I've never seen it but Tom Hanks just puts me off sticking with it, no matter how much I liked Spielberg. I could get through Minority Report a couple of times, though, so I guess I should try to get through this at some point.
you should have persevered with it.