Saving Private Ryan – Pfc James Ryan (Matt Damon)
The 1998 award-winning movie “Saving Private Ryan“, tells the story of finding and retrieving one man: Private James Ryan. Director Steven Spielberg’s film follows a group of American soldiers led by Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) who, shortly after the D-Day invasion of Normandy Beach, are sent on a public relations stunt to find and bring home a Private James Frances Ryan from Iowa (Matt Damon) whose three brothers have all been killed in battle, and whose mother is understandably wracked with grief. Not all of Miller’s men are extremely happy about this, especially outspoken Private Reiben (Edward Burns) and tough Private Caparzo (Vin Diesel).
As the men trek through Europe to find this Ryan, even Miller himself and his right-hand man, Sergeant Horvath (Tom Sizemore) begin to question what exactly it is that they’re doing out there. So what if Ryan has dead brothers? Some of the men reason that they too have brothers. Another brings up the fact that Ryan’s poor mother must be overwhelmed, but they also reason that, hey, they have mothers too, and they’re not getting a one-way ticket home from the horrors of the war. What has this Ryan done, other than being a cheap P.R. device, that allows him to deserve this?
The subject of the film allows for a dissection of the comradery and brotherhood that the soldiers have for one another.
Matt plays paratrooper James Ryan, a fiercely loyal, young, and naive soldier, in this World War II drama. Ryan, is the youngest of four brothers and the last survivor. The others having been killed within days of one another. The military top brass in Washington, aware of the significant loss the boys’ mother has endured, order Hanks’ squad to bring her last remaining son back alive. The film was shot on location in England, Ireland and France.
Headsculpt – Head Play – Matt, modified
Body – Dragon
Dragon US M1942 Para Uniform (George Goldman)
Soldier Story US M1C Airborne Helmet w/ Netting
Dragon First-Aid Pouch
Dragon US WWII Folding E Tool and Cloth Cover
Dragon US Canteen and Canteen holder
Dragon plastic Web-belt
DID Coccoran Boots
Dragon Rigger Ammo Pouches
Scratchbuilt Suspender Straps
Dragon Garand with BattleGear leather sling