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Saving Private Ryan is a war film directed by Steven Spielberg and released in 1998.

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Why did this soldier not use a sticky bomb the way it was meant to?

In Saving Private Ryan, Captain Miller had the idea of using sticky bombs to hit a tank's tracks and disable it. But in this scene: The soldier carried the sticky ...
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Why does Captain Miller not seem to want to raise his voice too much to the hard of hearing soldier?

There is a scene in Saving Private Ryan where someone indicates that he knows a soldier who was in combat with a private named Ryan. He goes fetch him, and the soldier is hard of hearing because of a ...
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Why wasn't Upham shot by the German soldier?

In Saving Private Ryan Corporal Upham fails to save his comrades, due to fear. He freezes in the stairs and the German soldier comes from the top floor, sees him, and moves past him. ...
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Meaning of “fubar” or “foobar”

What is the meaning of the word "fubar", often used in Saving Pvt. Ryan? Edit: saw the movie during a noisy train ride, didn't realize they explained the term to Upham.
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Captain Millers shaky hands in Saving Private Ryan PTSD or Parkinsons?

In Saving Private Ryan does Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) is having early Parkinson's? Parkinson's disease usually starts with main hand hangers and then arm starting to shake - exactly like Millers... ...
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In the machine gun nest scene in Saving Private Ryan, why was Upham allowed to linger in the rear?

Why was Corporal Upham told/allowed to linger in the rear when the rest of the group had to risk their lives taking the machine gun nest in the middle/end of Saving Private Ryan? During the scene, no ...
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In the title “Saving Private Ryan” What is the significance of the word “Private”?

I was wondering what exactly "Private" meant in the title "Saving Private Ryan". What was the significance of that word?
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Does the assignment in Saving Private Ryan come impossibly fast?

On D-day, the body of Ryan's brother is shown on the beach. That death is reported to Washington, noticed by typists, taken to the brass, who decides on the rescue mission, which is assigned (on D-...
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Mellish getting emotional over Hitler Youth knife

In the beginning of Saving Private Ryan when they're storming the bunkers, Caparzo hands Mellish a Hitler Youth knife and he gets very emotional over it (presumably over his Jewish background). I ...
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Why is Tom Hanks firing at the tank in Saving Pvt. Ryan?

Towards the end of the movie Saving Pvt. Ryan, most of the soldiers led by Capt. Miller (Hanks) are dead and he himself too is fatally injured. It is obvious that they have been overwhelmed by the ...
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Captain Miller's thought process in Private Ryan “School Teacher” scene?

As Captain Miller says to "gear up" after releasing the hostage, one of the subordinates refuses. What I am trying to understand is what the movie was trying to portray in that minute or so when ...