15 certificateSaving Private Ryan is a Film programme that first aired in 1998 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Saving Private Ryan is a 5 star programme

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Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Directed by
Steven Spielberg

One of Steven Spielberg's finest creations, this blockbuster swept the Academy awards in 1999, taking five Oscars. Understandably so. The film - starring Tom Hanks - may be a fictional Second World War tale (loosely based on the real-life case of Frederic Niland), but its shocking depiction of the Normandy landings is probably the closest we've come so far to accurately recreating the nightmare truth of D-Day.

Having shown us the hell of Omaha beach, the film continues to focus on Captain Miller (Hanks) who has survived the landings. He's seconded to lead a small team dedicated to securing a huge piece of wartime PR. They are asked to find and send home paratrooper Private Ryan (Matt Damon), whose three brothers are all missing in action, presumed killed. It's a difficult, perilous journey, with Hanks and the others struggling to make sense of the horrors around them, let alone coming to terms with what they see as a questionable mission that could easily cost them their lives.

Harrowing and essential viewing.

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Also known as "Rescatando al Soldado Ryan", "Il faut sauver le soldat Ryan"

Genre: Film

Production Year: 1998

5/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour

When is Saving Private Ryan next on TV?

It's next showing on Film4 Tomorrow, 9:00pm and on Film4 Plus 1 Tomorrow, 10:00pm. See more...


Image for Tom HanksTom Hanks...Cap. John H. Miller
Image for Tom SizemoreTom Sizemore...Sgt. Mike Horvath
Edward Burns...Pvt. Richard Reiben
Image for Barry PepperBarry Pepper...Pvt. Daniel Jackson
Adam Goldberg...Pvt. Stanley Mellish
Image for Vin DieselVin Diesel...Private Adrian Caparzo
Image for Giovanni RibisiGiovanni Ribisi...T-4 Medic Irwin Wade
Image for Jeremy DaviesJeremy Davies...Cpl. Timothy P. Upham
Image for Matt DamonMatt Damon...Private James Francis Ryan
Image for Ted DansonTed Danson...Cap. Fred Hamill
Image for Paul GiamattiPaul Giamatti...Sgt. Hill
Image for Dennis FarinaDennis Farina...Lt. Col. Anderson
Joerg Stadler...Steamboat Willie
Max Martini...Corporal Henderson
Dylan Bruno...Toynbe
Daniel Cerqueira...Weller
Demetri Goritsas...Parker
Ian Porter...Trask
Gary Sefton...Rice
Julian Spencer...Garrity