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Saving private Ryan
1998 USA 170 minutes Color
In the Last Great Invasion of the Last Great War, The Greatest Challenge for Eight Men was Saving... One.
The film opens with the pivotal D-Day assault on Normandy, a technologically brilliant restaging of the tide-turning battle that's as horrifying for its immediacy as its unflinching depiction of the graphic carnage.
Release date: 24 July 1998
The Irish Defence forces provided the huge numbers of soldiers to act as extras in the film. They supplied 250 men drawn from a mix of units of the FCA (Army) and Slua Muiri (Navy) reserves. They spent four weeks in the surf on the beaches while filming the landing scenes.
Real amputees were used for the shots of people with limbs missing.
Spielberg and Hanks received the Public Service Award. The Public Service Award is the highest honor the U.S. military can confer on a civilian.
Saving private Ryan ranks number 106 in the American box-office rankings.