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  posted on 1/12/2012 at 10:00 PM
It is still the most powerful movie I've ever seen. There isn't another movie that affects me so emotionally.

Since I had the house to myself today and interruptions are limited, now was a good time to watch it again. Thank you Mr. Spielberg. Thank you Mr. Hanks et al.

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  posted on 1/12/2012 at 10:12 PM
By far, my favorite movie of all time.

Not counting Band Of Brothers, but that was a mini series.

Powerful stuff

 

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  posted on 1/12/2012 at 10:15 PM
Can you believe my Dad, after the divorce, took a woman to see it - ON THE FIRST DATE?

There wasn't a second one....

 

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  posted on 1/12/2012 at 10:29 PM
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Can you believe my Dad, after the divorce, took a woman to see it - ON THE FIRST DATE?

There wasn't a second one....


LOL! I remember seeing Shindler's List with a friend of mine and I telling him afterwards I'm glad you're weren't a first day or any chance of a relationship would have been SOL.

I was a little out of it afterwards the first time I saw SPR. While we were standing on the corner waiting for the light to change, I thought about the elder Ryan talking to his wife at the end and I started crying all over again.

Sadly, our WWII generation is moving on. Father Time is catching up. Please everyone, never forget them along with all who've served one way or the other in our nation's conflicts. Bless them all.

 

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  posted on 1/12/2012 at 10:30 PM
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By far, my favorite movie of all time.

Not counting Band Of Brothers, but that was a mini series.

Powerful stuff


I own both on DVD .

I'm a pretty big fan of modern war movies...that is, starting with Apocalypse Now and more recent. Saving Private Ryan ranks up there among the best, if not the best war movie I've ever seen.


My cousin, who served in Vietnam, said that (believe it or not) Mel Gibson's We Were Soldiers came the closest to what it felt like on the battlefield. He also thought The Pacific, HBO's companion piece to BOB, was outstanding.

I agree about Band of Brothers. Always liked Apocalypse Now, mainly because of Martin Sheen, but I'm not sure how good of a true "war" movie it is. Seems like more of a fever dream to me. Great filmmaking, though.

 

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  posted on 1/12/2012 at 10:36 PM
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Can you believe my Dad, after the divorce, took a woman to see it - ON THE FIRST DATE?

There wasn't a second one....


LOL! I remember seeing Shindler's List with a friend of mine and I telling him afterwards I'm glad you're weren't a first day or any chance of a relationship would have been SOL.

I was a little out of it afterwards the first time I saw SPR. While we were standing on the corner waiting for the light to change, I thought about the elder Ryan talking to his wife at the end and I started crying all over again.

Sadly, our WWII generation is moving on. Father Time is catching up. Please everyone, never forget them along with all who've served one way or the other in our nation's conflicts. Bless them all.


I think Dad was a little out of dating practice, coming out of an over 20 year marriage....not exactly a chick flick.

He served in the South Pacific during WWII - Saipan, Tinian, in the second wave, and I'm sure had a lot of interest in seeing it - and being one of the cheapest people on the planet, figured since he had to buy 2 tickets anyway might as well see something he already wanted to see. And like a lot of guys do in their adolescence, figured if she liked him it wouldn't matter what it was and she'd wanna see what he wanted to see. Uh.....no. Doesn't work that way. Which he found out.

 

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  posted on 1/12/2012 at 10:40 PM
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Can you believe my Dad, after the divorce, took a woman to see it - ON THE FIRST DATE?

There wasn't a second one....


LOL! I remember seeing Shindler's List with a friend of mine and I telling him afterwards I'm glad you're weren't a first day or any chance of a relationship would have been SOL.

I was a little out of it afterwards the first time I saw SPR. While we were standing on the corner waiting for the light to change, I thought about the elder Ryan talking to his wife at the end and I started crying all over again.

Sadly, our WWII generation is moving on. Father Time is catching up. Please everyone, never forget them along with all who've served one way or the other in our nation's conflicts. Bless them all.


So many things are going to be lost once that generation si gone. Today's generation has no appreciation for anything that happened earlier than yesterday. No appreciation or respect for anything that happened before they were born. Not their fault - it's the culture. History isn't important is what they're taught.

 

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  posted on 1/12/2012 at 10:41 PM
My son Derek watched Apocalypse Now the other night for the first time.

 

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  posted on 1/12/2012 at 10:43 PM
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By far, my favorite movie of all time.

Not counting Band Of Brothers, but that was a mini series.

Powerful stuff


I own both on DVD .

I'm a pretty big fan of modern war movies...that is, starting with Apocalypse Now and more recent. Saving Private Ryan ranks up there among the best, if not the best war movie I've ever seen.


My cousin, who served in Vietnam, said that (believe it or not) Mel Gibson's We Were Soldiers came the closest to what it felt like on the battlefield. He also thought The Pacific, HBO's companion piece to BOB, was outstanding.

I agree about Band of Brothers. Always liked Apocalypse Now, mainly because of Martin Sheen, but I'm not sure how good of a true "war" movie it is. Seems like more of a fever dream to me. Great filmmaking, though.


We Were Soldiers probably very accurately depicts actual battles fought during the Vietnam 'Conflict'. Unfortunately, the acting in the movie detracts from my enjoyment. I think maybe if Mel had allowed somebody else to play his role, I would have enjoyed it more. I also find it hard to believe that an officer (Mel's character) would stand next to the radio man while his men are basically surrounded and engaged in combat, and the Viet Cong don't pick him off with their AK's, yet he's able to take out a bunch of them with his .45. Not having seen actual combat, I guess I can't say whether or not that is realistic, but it sure seemed unrealistic to me. Seems like an officer would protect himself a little better.


No, i agree with you, Charlie. Unfortunately, like most Mel movies, it seemed to be more about glorifying Mel's ego than anything else. No surprise there.

 

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  posted on 1/12/2012 at 10:44 PM
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My son Derek watched Apocalypse Now the other night for the first time.




What did he think of it, Ron? Did you two talk about it?

 

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By far, my favorite movie of all time.

Not counting Band Of Brothers, but that was a mini series.

Powerful stuff


I own both on DVD .

I'm a pretty big fan of modern war movies...that is, starting with Apocalypse Now and more recent. Saving Private Ryan ranks up there among the best, if not the best war movie I've ever seen.


My cousin, who served in Vietnam, said that (believe it or not) Mel Gibson's We Were Soldiers came the closest to what it felt like on the battlefield. He also thought The Pacific, HBO's companion piece to BOB, was outstanding.

I agree about Band of Brothers. Always liked Apocalypse Now, mainly because of Martin Sheen, but I'm not sure how good of a true "war" movie it is. Seems like more of a fever dream to me. Great filmmaking, though.


We Were Soldiers probably very accurately depicts actual battles fought during the Vietnam 'Conflict'. Unfortunately, the acting in the movie detracts from my enjoyment. I think maybe if Mel had allowed somebody else to play his role, I would have enjoyed it more. I also find it hard to believe that an officer (Mel's character) would stand next to the radio man while his men are basically surrounded and engaged in combat, and the Viet Cong don't pick him off with their AK's, yet he's able to take out a bunch of them with his .45. Not having seen actual combat, I guess I can't say whether or not that is realistic, but it sure seemed unrealistic to me. Seems like an officer would protect himself a little better.


No, i agree with you, Charlie. Unfortunately, like most Mel movies, it seemed to be more about glorifying Mel's ego than anything else. No surprise there.


Exactly.


I also thought he was way too OLD for a guy of his rank to be fighting on the front lines.

 

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  posted on 1/12/2012 at 11:29 PM
Saving Private Ryan used to be one of my favorites, for whatever reason now I just dont have the urge to watch it. That being said it is really well done

 

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By far, my favorite movie of all time.

Not counting Band Of Brothers, but that was a mini series.

Powerful stuff


I own both on DVD .

I'm a pretty big fan of modern war movies...that is, starting with Apocalypse Now and more recent. Saving Private Ryan ranks up there among the best, if not the best war movie I've ever seen.


My cousin, who served in Vietnam, said that (believe it or not) Mel Gibson's We Were Soldiers came the closest to what it felt like on the battlefield. He also thought The Pacific, HBO's companion piece to BOB, was outstanding.

I agree about Band of Brothers. Always liked Apocalypse Now, mainly because of Martin Sheen, but I'm not sure how good of a true "war" movie it is. Seems like more of a fever dream to me. Great filmmaking, though.


We Were Soldiers probably very accurately depicts actual battles fought during the Vietnam 'Conflict'. Unfortunately, the acting in the movie detracts from my enjoyment. I think maybe if Mel had allowed somebody else to play his role, I would have enjoyed it more. I also find it hard to believe that an officer (Mel's character) would stand next to the radio man while his men are basically surrounded and engaged in combat, and the Viet Cong don't pick him off with their AK's, yet he's able to take out a bunch of them with his .45. Not having seen actual combat, I guess I can't say whether or not that is realistic, but it sure seemed unrealistic to me. Seems like an officer would protect himself a little better.


No, i agree with you, Charlie. Unfortunately, like most Mel movies, it seemed to be more about glorifying Mel's ego than anything else. No surprise there.


Exactly.


I also thought he was way too OLD for a guy of his rank to be fighting on the front lines.


I forget...was he a Captain?


Lt. Colonel. I think his age was probably ok, but the fact that he was in the thick of things? Was that realistic for a Lt. Colonel?


Maybe in WWII - but in Vietnam? I doubt it.

 

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  posted on 1/12/2012 at 11:46 PM
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It is still the most powerful movie I've ever seen. There isn't a movie that affects me so emotionally.

Since I had the house to myself today and interruptions are limited, now was a good time to watch it again. Thank you Mr. Spielberg. Thank you Mr. Hanks et al.

"Earn this."


It is a powerful movie indeed. I would put it right up there with 'Shindler's List' as movies that really hit hard with emotion. I remember when I saw 'Shindler's List'. At the end when the actors along with the real survivors they were portraying were placing stones on Oscar Shindler's grave I was weeping so hard that I didn't want to get up so anybody could see me. The whole macho thing, but as the lights went up I realized that almost all of the other 100 or so people in the theater were weeping right along with me. 'Saving Private Ryan' had the same effect.

 

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  posted on 1/12/2012 at 11:53 PM
I am not in any way "movie person" I am 55 years, old, and have seen many movies, and yet...there very few movies that I give a flip about.

However..Saving private Ryan would definetely be one that I like.

Here are a few others I like a lot.

To Kill a Mockingbird
The George C Scott version of "A Christmas Carol"
The Graduate
In the Heat of the Night
The Glenn Miller Story
Easy Rider
Deliverence
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  posted on 1/13/2012 at 01:05 AM
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Saving Private Ryan used to be one of my favorites, for whatever reason now I just dont have the urge to watch it. That being said it is really well done


I know what you mean. I doubt I'll ever watch Shindler's List again.

Today was the first time I've watched SPR in about 6 years. I won't watch any of the TV versions.

 

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  posted on 1/13/2012 at 01:35 AM
Since the subject is realistic looking war movies (i'm too a big admirer of SPR, BOB and the Pacific) i would those who do not object watching foreign language movies strongly recommend to watch some recent Asian war movies (especially South Korean). Very impressive battle scenes. Sometimes the Asian methods of acting you need to get used to
but these movies are a fantastic viewing exeperience.

I would especially recommend:

Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)

www.imdb.com/title/tt0386064/

 

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  posted on 1/13/2012 at 06:42 AM
The first 20 minutes is THE most intense movie making I have ever seen. You can feel the bravery, fear, brutality of something that occurred almost 70 years ago.

 

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  posted on 1/13/2012 at 07:50 AM
This one ranks up there with it too!

 

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  posted on 1/13/2012 at 11:10 AM
I put Shindlers List in the same category as Saving Private Ryan. My Dad (87 yr old WWII veteran) refuses to watch any WWII related movies , period.
 

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  posted on 1/13/2012 at 11:33 AM
My father survived the Paciifc theater in the Navy during WWII. My uncle survived D-day and the liberation of France. Neither really spoke about the war. I have cousins who fought in Vietnam and they have said that a "few" movies are close to the experience of it.

When I saw "saving private ryan", wondered how my uncle or anybody could continue to pile out of those Higgins Boats after watching fellow soldiers get blown away. The greatest generation ever. If it was up to any generation afterwards,,,,we would be speaking german or japanese (IMHO)

 

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  posted on 1/13/2012 at 12:14 PM
One of my all time favorites. Tom Hanks and the entire cast were GREAT in this movie.
 

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  posted on 1/13/2012 at 01:58 PM
Regarding SPR itself: what i never understood was that, although most reviews were very positive, i often saw reviews or personal opinions stating that the first 30 minutes were impressive and shocking but that the rest of the movie wasn't. Not enough story development and also lacking more brutal and realistic battle scenes. No way! The mission they were doing in the middle of the giant Operation Overlord and the dillemma of risking casualties in order to save a particular soldier for me was far more interesting then another attempt to portray the entire operation and the strategies of the Allied forces command and their German opponents (like "The Longest Day"). And regarding the brutal realism of war the final battle scene in the small French village was almost as impressive as the beach landing scene. One of my favorite movies ever!

 

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  posted on 1/13/2012 at 02:13 PM
Strongly recommended and all scoring raving reviews on websites like IMDB:






 

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  posted on 1/13/2012 at 02:43 PM
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This one ranks up there with it too!



Yup. Excellent.

 

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