A masterpiece
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This is one of the best war movies ever made and probably the best cinematic rendering of World War Two that you'll find. Steven Spielberg pulls out all the stops and thrusts us onto the beach at Normandy in the middle of all the horrible action. The first 30 minutes of this movie is nearly exhausting in the totality of out and out attack and battle for survival. Spielberg spares nothing. He captures every detail of the chaos in frightening clarity. As the smoke clears and the dust settles we can catch our breath and get on with our business of saving Private Ryan. The action doesn't stop there though and neither does the realism. Make no mistake this is not a heartless action flick. With the well-acted story line, colorful cast of characters, and documentary worthy cinematography. This motion picture is a moving experience. A must see!