Steven Spielberg’s 1998 American epic drama, “Saving Private Ryan,” has solidified its place as a classic in the war film genre. Set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II, the film follows a United States Army Rangers Captain and a squad as they search for a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. “Saving Private Ryan” was acclaimed by both audiences and critics alike, earning numerous accolades and eventually becoming selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. The film set a new bar for depicting the intensity of war on screen and featured multiple unforgettable sequences, including the memorably graphic 27 opening minutes portraying the Omaha Beach assault during the Normandy landings. While any movie lover or historian will be familiar with this seminal film, there’s a lot more about the production you may not have realized. Here are 50 unbelievable facts about “Saving Private Ryan.”
50. Prior to production, the actors had to undergo grueling army training to get into their characters as soldiers. However, Steven Spielberg decided to let Matt Damon skip the training portion just so that the other actors would resent him and channel it into their performances.