Analysis of a Memorable Scene from 'Saving Private Ryan'

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MEMORABLE SCENE IN SAVING PRIVATE RYAN The epic 1998 war movie Saving Private Ryan opens in the present day with an elderly World War II veteran accompanied by his family visiting the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-mer in Normandy, France, site of the infamous D-Day landings by the Allies in Nazi-occupied France on June 4, 1944 that precipitated the end of Nazi occupation in Europe and the end of the war. As he approaches the tomb stones he begins walking faster, separating from his family behind him and he collapses in tears at the foot of one grave in particular, that of Captain John H. Miller. The screen then dissolves and transitions to the horrendous scenes of human carnage on Omaha Beach on Normandy on June 4, 1944 seen through the eyes of Captain Miller. The final scene of the movie was especially memorable because of the way that it tied together the memories of the elderly veteran with the heroism and human tragedy that took place on the same beaches and that he witnessed and experienced personally inland. As the story unfolds, Miller is assigned the task of leading a squad of U.S. soldiers through occupied territories far ahead of the Allied advance into France with a specific mission directly from General George C. Marshall at the War Department in Washington, DC. Marshall had learned that three brothers from a single family had recently been killed in the war and that one remaining brother was unaccounted for in France. Pursuant

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