Saving Private Ryan

Starring Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns
Genres: Drama, War
Released In 1998

Captain Miller: Caparzo, get that kid back up there!

Private Caparzo: Captain, the decent thing to do would be take her over to the next town.

Captain Miller: We're not here to do the decent thing, we're here to follow fucking orders!

Captain Miller: COVERING FIRE!

Captain Miller: Get your gear. Let's go.

[Reiben stays put]

Sergeant Horvath: You heard him, gear up. Your captain just gave you an order.

Private Reiben: Yeah, like the one he gave to take this machine gun. That was a real doosey, wasn't it?

[walks over to Miller]

Sergeant Horvath: Soldier, you are way out of line!

Private Reiben: Yes sir, that was one hell of a call coming to take this nest, but hell, we only lost one of our guys going for it. That's right, I hope Mama Ryan's real fuck'n happy knowing that Little Jimmy's life is a little bit more important than two of our guys! But then again we haven't found him yet have we? Have we?

Captain Miller: He better be worth it. He better go home and cure a disease, or invent a longer-lasting light bulb.

Captain Miller: I'm a schoolteacher. I teach English composition... in this little town called Adley, Pennsylvania. The last eleven years, I've been at Thomas Alva Edison High School. I was a coach of the baseball team in the springtime. Back home, I tell people what I do for a living and they think well, now that figures. But over here, it's a big, a big mystery. So, I guess I've changed some. Sometimes I wonder if I've changed so much my wife is even going to recognize me, whenever it is that I get back to her. And how I'll ever be able to tell her about days like today. Ah, Ryan. I don't know anything about Ryan. I don't care. The man means nothing to me. It's just a name. But if... You know if going to Rumelle and finding him so that he can go home. If that earns me the right to get back to my wife, then that's my mission.

[to Private Reiben]

Captain Miller: You want to leave? You want to go off and fight the war? All right. All right. I won't stop you. I'll even put in the paperwork. I just know that every man I kill the farther away from home I feel.

Captain Miller: It's like finding a needle in a stack of needles.

Captain Miller: James Francis Ryan from Iowa?

Private Ryan: Yes sir. How'd you guess that?

Captain Miller: James Francis Ryan of Iowa?

Private Ryan: Yes, sir. Paton, Iowa, that's correct. What is this about?

Captain Miller: Your brothers were killed in combat.

Private Ryan: Which - Which ones?

Captain Miller: All of them.

[Ryan pauses in shock and then begins to cry]

Captain Miller: Keep the sand out of your weapons. Keep those actions clear. I'll see you on the beach.

Captain Miller: Private, I'm afraid I have some bad news for ya. Well, there isn't any real easy way to say this, so, uh, so I'll just say it. Your brothers are dead. We have, uh, orders to come get you, 'cause you're going home.

Pvt. James Frederick, Ryan: [starts sobbing] Oh, my God, my brothers are dead. I was gonna take 'em fishing when we got home. How - How did they die?

Captain Miller: They were killed in action.

Pvt. James Frederick, Ryan: No, that can't be. They're both - That... That can't be. My brothers are still in grammar school.

Captain Miller: You're James Ryan?

Pvt. James Frederick, Ryan: Yeah.

Captain Miller: James Francis Ryan from Iowa?

Pvt. James Frederick, Ryan: James Frederick Ryan, Minnesota.

[the whole crew looks embarrassed]

Pvt. James Frederick, Ryan: Well, does that - does that mean my brothers are OK?

Captain Miller: [half-smiles] Yeah, I'm sure they're fine.