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Quotations from Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan is an epic action-war drama film about a group of U.S. soldiers during WWII who are sent out to bring a paratrooper home whose brothers were killed in action. The film begins at the beginning of the Normandy invasion and eventually follows the life of Captain John H. Miller as he leads a group of men across Europe to find a soldier. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, and Tom Sizemore.

Saving Private Ryan is one of the greatest films of the 1990s and is noted for its realism of war. The movie won five Oscar awards, including Best Director and was nominated for six other Oscars, including Best Actor, Best Picture, and Best Writing. Read on for some great quotes from Saving Private Ryan.


Private Reiben: I got a bad feeling about this one.
Captain Miller: When was the last time you felt good about anything?
Private Jackson: What I mean by that, sir, is if you was to put me and this here sniper rifle anywhere up to and including one mile from Adolf Hitler... with a clean line of sight... Pack your bags, fellas. War's over.
Captain Miller: He better be worth it. He better go home and cure a disease, or invent a longer-lasting light bulb.
Upham: What's FUBAR?
Mellish: Oh, it's German.
[he chuckles derisively]
Mellish: Yeah.
Upham: Never heard of that.
Private Ryan: Picture a girl who took a nosedive from the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.
Captain Miller: Caparzo, get that kid back up there!
Private Caparzo: Captain, the decent thing to do would be take her over to the next town.
Captain Miller: We're not here to do the decent thing, we're here to follow fucking orders!
Private Reiben: What's the saying? "If God's on our side, who the hell could be on theirs?"
Upham: "If God is for us, who could be against us?"
Private Reiben: Yeah, what'd I say?
Private Reiben: You want to explain the math of this to me? I mean, where's the sense in risking the lives of the eight of us to save one guy?
Captain Miller: Anyone wanna answer that?
Medic Wade: Hey, think about the poor bastard's mother.
Private Reiben: Hey, Wade, I got a mother, you got a mother, the sarge has got a mother. I'm willing to bet that even the Captain's got a mother. Well, maybe not the Captain, but the rest of us have got mothers.
Captain Miller: I just know that every man I kill, the farther away from home I feel.
Captain Miller: James Francis Ryan of Iowa?
Private Ryan: Yes, sir. Paton, Iowa, that's correct. What is this about?
Captain Miller: Your brothers were killed in combat.
Private Ryan: Which - Which ones?
Captain Miller: All of them.
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