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As Captain Miller says to "gear up" after releasing the hostage, one of the sub-ordinates refuses. What I am trying to understand is what the movie was trying to portray in that minute or so when Captain Miller didn't say a word.

The scene shows him as gearing up, is it supposed to be showing Captain Miller's trust in his sub-ordinate to follow orders or is he generally in shock at the current situation.

In the small speech at the end where he says he is a school teacher and does not care who is Ryan, I am thinking the fact that camera does not spend much focus on him that this is how it was to be portrayed; those few minutes of mute were meant to show he didn't care.

Is this the correct thought process for the scene?

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It has to do with the separation of officer and regular soldiers. He does not get involved in this type of situation that is what his sergeant is for (hence mike glances at Tom hanks and then intervenes).

However, hanks is a sensible mature officer and realises that he has to do something to resolve the situation and decides to connect with them and explain why he is doin what he is doing, normally officers have to keep their distance and do not become personal friends with their men as it might compromise the command heirachy and influence the officer's judgement.

This was a big step to take and showed the men that Tom hanks was not immune to the frustration and stresses of the mission, he was sharing it with them and they all needed to work together.

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I think I am going with the process that Captain Miller was just thinking a lot, mainly about getting home to his wife and back to his monotonous (but interesting to him) job as a school teacher. Because of this he was not quick to respond to his sub-ordinate actions.

The reasoning I am using to support this is the ending scene where he faces the tank. Logically he knew he stood no chance he stepped in harm's way. This was a decision to finish the mission of keeping Private Ryan alive with the hopes he can either one day go home or fail knowing he doesn't have to carry burden of home sickness anymore.

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