On June 6th, 1944…the Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in order to free France and ultimately defeat Germany in World War II. Experts say it is the largest seaborne invasion in military history. And perhaps no film-maker has captured this historic day quite like master director Steven Spielberg.
Spielberg…whose father was a soldier during World War II…wanted to make the most realistic portrayal of war…and what it was truly like to be in battle. With Saving Private Ryan, Spielberg did just that. While the scenes of violence can be overwhelming at times…they are necessary for Spielberg’s vision of the horrors of war…and the courage that follows.
Saving Private Ryan does not romanticize war like movies from the 1940’s and ’50’s…but rather shows the gritty and frightening reality of it. But, Private Ryan also highlights heroism…and courage.
And while Captain Miller and Private Ryan may have been fictional characters…the men who landed in France in 79 years ago and defeated the Germans were very much real…and they truly were heroes. It’s a good thing that Spielberg saluted these veterans…and all World War II veterans…with this classic film. Take a look at five scenes that were memorable from this amazing movie.