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‘Saving Private Ryan’ Back in Theaters for 25th Anniversary

‘Saving Private Ryan’ Back in Theaters for 25th Anniversary

Saving Private Ryan is returning to theaters to commemorate the Steven Spielberg epic World War II drama’s 25th anniversary. Fathom Events celebrates the 25th anniversary of this instant classic and one of the greatest war films ever. To mark the milestone, the film returns to the big screen for a limited time, with screenings today and tomorrow (November 19th and 20th). To find the movie’s screening schedule in your area, visit Fathom’s website or popular movie ticket sites like Fandango. You can also check your local theater’s website for more details.

Released in July of 1998, Saving Private Ryan was directed by Steven Spielberg. The film stars an exceptional ensemble cast including Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel, Ted Danson, Bryan Cranston, Nathan Fillion, Paul Giamatti, Tom Sizemore, Dennis Farina, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, and Giovanni Ribisi. The movie also features an iconic score by the legendary John Williams.

Based on the works of Stephen E. Ambrose, this film narrates the tale of a band of soldiers embarking on a mission to find Private James Francis Ryan (played by Damon) and ensure his safe return.

‘Saving Private Ryan’ Renewed Interest in World War II

Critically acclaimed and beloved by audiences, Saving Private Ryan garnered praise from veterans and their families alike. The film’s unflinching portrayal of warfare and the profound camaraderie shared among soldiers struck a chord with viewers. With Spielberg’s exceptional direction and unwavering authenticity, it solidified its place as one of the greatest war movies ever made. Furthermore, it sparked a renewed fascination with World War II at the turn of the century, serving as an inspiration for numerous other films that followed suit.

The film triumphed at the 71st Academy Awards, securing an impressive array of accolades. It claimed prestigious titles such as Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound, and Best Sound Effects Editing. In 2014, this film was chosen for preservation in the United States National Film Registry due to its cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance.

The film led to other World War II projects by Hanks and Spielberg. In 2001, the pair produced the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers. Also based on the writings of Stephen E. Ambrose, this series portrays the history of “Easy” Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. From rigorous jump training in the United States to their significant involvement in major European actions, the series traces their journey until Japan’s surrender and the end of World War II.