Saving Private Ryan


Part of Loft Staff Selects, a monthly series showcasing film favorites chosen by our amazing Loft Cinema staff! This month’s Loft Staff Selects film was chosen by SUNNY JO WHEATON, FLOOR STAFF!

“Magnificent … an overwhelming experience … an extraordinary fusion of detailed action and emotion.” – Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle

Seen through the eyes of a squad of American soldiers, Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning drama Saving Private Ryan begins with World War II’s historic D-Day invasion, then moves beyond the beach as the men embark on a dangerous special mission. Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) must take his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan (Matt Damon), whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Along the way, the men engage in some of the most harrowing and realistic battle sequences ever put on film. Faced with impossible odds, the soldiers question their orders. Why are eight men risking their lives to save just one? Surrounded by the brutal realities of war, each man searches for his own answer—and the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency and courage. An intense action movie filled with intelligence, heart and stirring heroism, Saving Private Ryan is an unforgettable big screen experience from one of the world’s most acclaimed directors, as well as the winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Cinematography. Also starring Paul Giamatti, Ted Danson, Barry Pepper, Edward Burns and Giovanni Ribisi. (Dir. by Steven Spielberg, 1998, USA, 169 mins. Rated R)