Saving Private Ryan: Pfc Adrian Caparzo (Vin Diesel)

The 1998 war movie Saving Private Ryan by American screenwriter Robert Rodat, is very loosely based on the real-life case of Sgt. Frederick Niland; who was sent back to New York to complete his service after it was thought that his three brothers were all killed in WW2 (one brother Edward, missing and presumed dead, was actually captive in a Japanese POW camp in Burma). The movie was directed by Steven Spielberg and recounts the quest of a fictional squad of US Rangers to locate and return home a Private Ryan whose family suffered the deaths of three sons within days of each other and whose mother will receive all three notices on the same day. The movie explicitly portrays the horrors and ironies of war.

Critical reception for the film was generally positive, with much praise for the realistic battle scenes and the actors’ performances, but earned some criticism for the script and for ignoring the contributions of several other countries to the D-Day landings in general and at Omaha Beach specifically. The film was later nominated for eleven Academy Awards, with wins for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Sound Editing and Best Editing. Saving Private Ryan also won the Golden Globes for Best Picture – Drama and Director, the BAFTA Award for Special Effects and Sound, the Directors Guild of America Award, a Grammy Award for Best Film Soundtrack, the Producers Guild of America Golden Laurel Award, and the Saturn Award for Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film.

A critic’s point of view

Updated images (4 photographs) with customised bandolier created years ago and wire-cutter and pouch.

Private First Class Adrian Caparzo, a rifleman, played by Vin Diesel, is one of the supporting actors in the squad of US Rangers. He survives the horrific D-Day assault on Omaha beach but does not make it to the end of the movie.

His character, while saving a little French girl in is shot by a German sniper in the town of Neuville.  Caparzo bleeds to death as his squadmates are pinned down by the sniper.  Caparzo’s death actually leads to the affirmation of the ‘silent’ hero – that of the sniper Jackson, played by actor Barry Pepper. The deeply religious God invoking Private Jackson solidly establishes his creedo by taking out the enemy sniper by shooting him through his telescopic sight; a reference to Vietnam War sniper Carlos Hathcock, who allegedly did the same thing to an enemy sniper.

Interestingly, Steven Spielberg had specially written a role into the film for Diesel, that ofPfc Adrian Caparzo. Although the role was small, with the character being killed early in the film, it was Diesel’s first experience of a major film production and led to the honour of being invited to shoot second-unit, with some of those shots actually making it into the final cut.

The Adrian Caparzo figure is a HotToy body affixed with PlayHead’s Vince headsculpt.

BBi: US WWII Wool Shirt

21st Century: Helmet

Soldier Story: Pack: US WWII M1928

Dragon: US WWII Folding E Tool and Cloth Cover (RTV)

Newline Miniatures: US WWII Service Shoes with Leggings

Dragon: US M1 Bayonet

Dragon: US First Aid Pouch

Dragon: US WWII M36 Suspenders

DiD: US WWII M1923 Garand Cartridge Belt

DiD: Garand semi-auto rifle

BattleGear: Garand/Springfield leather sling

Soldier Story: US M1938 Wire Cutters with pouch

BBI: NCO insignia

CVI: US Army rangers insignia set / 2nd Ranger helmet decals