Saving Private Ryan

Corrected entry: When Caparzo is shot by the sniper in the church the shot hits him in the front of his chest/lung, indicating the church is in front of them, but when Jackson sees the church the sniper is stationed in, it's behind them.


Correction: No, the shot hits him in his back and goes through his body, you see it exiting out his chest. He had his back to the church, facing the rest of the squad, when he is hit. There is no error in this scene.


Corrected entry: At the start of the beach landing, the landing craft are either beached or a few feet out - we know this from the view of the machine gun nest and the cameras beside the landing craft. Several soldiers are waist deep in water, but when the men go over the side they fall into water that is 10-20 feet deep, as we see men sink to the bottom and drown and get shot etc. This is a continuous scene so the landing craft would not have moved.

Correction: You will also see that not all the landing craft are beached or "a few feet out" so the men we see drown could be off those crafts. Also in the actual landings there are reports of men jumping over the side before they arrived so they stood more of a chance.

A Demon Premium member

Corrected entry: Well after the beach has been secured and communication posts are set up where Upham is typing and Miller comes to reassign him, it then shows a panning view of the beach of soldiers still unloading. However, the big X-shaped tank traps are still littered all over the beach. During the assault there were combat engineers telling soldiers to get away from the traps so they can destroy them. How come even now after they've had the beach secured this long they haven't removed the tank traps? The fact that many of the engineers were killed in some of the initial waves on the beach is irrelevant as there were many coming ashore after the beachhead was established.


Correction: Yes the tank traps are still on the beech head, however if you look closely during the panning shots you will see that the far end of the beach has been cleared of the traps to make room for the landing crafts that are carrying the armor. At the close end of the beach, you can see smaller boats deploying soldiers only. As such there is no need to remove the traps from that area as it would be a waste of manpower and resources.

A Demon Premium member

Corrected entry: Right after the medic dies, when the unit has killed the Germans except for the one they eventually let leave, one of the dead bodies is breathing.

Correction: While it is safe to say that they are seriously wounded, It can take a few minutes for them to die completely. Therefore it's a reasonable assumption that there would be shallow breaths.

A Demon Premium member

Corrected entry: When they first enter the field hospital, look at the side of the glider. By the door, there is no dead body. When they come back, there is a body resting against the glider. Did a wounded man get up to die next to the glider?


Correction: It's a different door. Note the pilot section, and the tree coverage.

A Demon Premium member

Corrected entry: During the beach landing sequence we see what is left of Captain Miller's company fire up the German bunker with a flamethrower. A few seconds later Miller and troops are running along the top of a trench shooting into it. In the background you can see the same bunker not on fire and then bursting into flames as the SFX fire is added.


Correction: What you see is people running out of the bunker followed by the flames coming back out the door. It's on fire the entire time.

Corrected entry: In Newville when Caparzo is taking the girl he gives her his dog tags. When he dies, Capt. Miller takes his dog tags from his neck. He never got them back from the little girl.


Correction: Caparzo gives the Little girl rosary beads he had around his neck, not his dog tags.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the ATP is ambushed by the two groups of Americans we see Cpt. Miller take their right flank and kill three Germans trying to run for it. But watch as he shoots. The second he stops shooting an explosion goes off in the background 20 yards away. This can't happen with the gun he's firing (Thompson) because it doesn't shoot explosive rounds. In addition to the shooting, a German messed up by getting shot way after Cpt. Miller stopped shooting.

Correction: The explosion is caused by a bazooka in Ryan's group, not Miller's Thompson.

Corrected entry: When the Waffen SS unit attacks the town at the end of the film (Ramelle), the Germans use "allied" tactics such as crowding behind a tank to enter the center of the town at a disadvantage by the tall buildings and rubble that inhibits quick forward thrusts. At this stage of the war, especially Waffen SS units (even if they may be replacement units - which I doubt) they would not be blindly led in such horrific maneuvers.

Correction: This assumes that the unit is competently led. At this stage of the defense of Normandy it is very likely that the unit is being led by a junior officer with little formal tactical experience. This is the Waffen SS...they aren't supermen and were the equivalent of Rangers or Airborne. It is also likely that the common ranks were made up of non German soldiers or standard or replacement infantry which would lead to such tactical errors.

Corrected entry: When Mellish's gun gets jammed he doesn't fix his gun or do anything to it. When the Germans kill the Airborne soldier through the wall, they try to enter the room and Mellish shoots another shot, killing the first German.

Correction: When Henderson takes up his position with his Thompson you can hear an M1 Garand cycle. He cleared his jam off camera.

Steve Kozak

Corrected entry: In Neuville just after Miller's group joined the other scattered soldiers, they try to get to the other side of the city. One of them tears down a wall with Germans hiding in the building. After screaming at each other, the Germans all get shot by others from above. Some moments after this shootout, you hear this very distinctive M1 Garand "pling" sound. This sound only is to be heard after the last shot has been fired and the clip is ejected automatically. Bang - pling. But in this scene there is no shot. If you unload manually, the pling will not sound.

Correction: If the only round left is in the chamber, and you pull the operating rod back, the round in the chamber is ejected as well as the empty clip, making the ping noise. No shots necessary.

Steve Kozak

Corrected entry: After the taking of the beaches, and Miller returns for revised orders, the fleet in the background appears/disappears.

Correction: Watched the scene three times. There is no evidence of ships in the bay behind the actors.

Corrected entry: In the scene in the Pentagon between several officers and General Marshall, when the camera pans over Marshall's left shoulder towards the officers, you can see that the colonel, who was missing his left arm in earlier scenes, has it again; it's missing again in the next shot. It may be just that his sleeve's rolled down in the middle shot, but that's still an error.


Correction: The officer lost his right arm. That sleeve of his jacket is hanging empty as the officers follow Gen. Marshall across the room. At the point where the mistake is supposed to happen the camera shoots an angle from behind Gen. Marshall left shoulder upon the one-armed officer. You see a bit of his sleeve, 6-8 inches. There is no indication it is filled or has changed from previous shot. You just do not see all of it.

Corrected entry: In the Ryan farmhouse scene, the camera pans across the room. You see a telephone hanging on the wall. That type of phone did not appear until at least the 1950s.

Correction: That is a Western Electric model #354 telephone, released in 1937, and remained popular for many years. That telephone is completely appropriate considering the era.

Corrected entry: During the battle of Ramelle, Private Jackson aims his rifle (at his own men) and although a gunshot sound effect is heard, his rifle does not recoil or flash.



Correction: If you are referencing the scene with the Germans burning after the Molotov cocktail attack, you see an American on the ground shooting a burning German soldier. Jackson makes no effort to cycle the bolt on his rifle, therefore he didn't shoot. The American on the ground made the shot.

Steve Kozak

Corrected entry: When they exit the beach and attack the big concrete bunker two grenades are thrown at the entrance some distance away but the explosion happens on the other side of the wall and not near the entrance at all.

Correction: They threw them and they missed. Same thing happens in baseball, a wild pitch, football an incomplete pass etc.The grenades they threw just simply didn't land where the throwers wanted them to land.

Steve Kozak

Correction: The grenades are thrown at the entrance to the bunker, to suggest they didn't land there is ludicrous, the explosion behind the wall was done for action and drama purposes only.

Corrected entry: During the climatic battle scene near the end, a Marder III tank destroyer is driven into the city and gets destroyed by American soldiers with molotovs. However, a Marder III would never be driven into a city as a vanguard with such high ambush possibility, as it was a vehicle solely dedicated for anti-tank purposes and would be hopeless against infantry.

Yue Hin Yeung

Correction: Tanks aren't just used to fight other tanks. It is an armored vehicle used as cover for the foot soldiers, its use as a tank destroyer is irrelevant. They weren't expecting enemy armor, but they were expecting snipers, so the tank was used to protect the foot soldiers. It later was used to take out the sniper position, so it did serve its purpose well.


Corrected entry: When inside the higgins boats, we see some men have netted helmets. However when they started to get blown to bits, they all have regular helmets.

Correction: Actually, if you look closely, some of the soldiers getting shot do have netted helmets.

Corrected entry: When Upham takes several German prisoners, he shoots Steamboat Willie. We see Upham's face and gun as he shoots, we hear Steamboat Willie's body fall, then the camera turns back to the German soldiers - and Steamboat Willie's body is gone.


Uri Raz

Correction: The scenes after Upham shoots Steamboat Willie never shows Willie's body on the ground in the first place, so it could not have disappeared. Also, the blow of the rifle bullet hitting Willie would have knocked him back several feet and out of the scene, and rolling/falling into one of the many shell craters dominating the scene.


Rolling away, sure, but a 30-06 won't knock someone several feet. I would say instead maybe he rolled or crawled or twitched himself into a crater. Or just fell out of sight.

Corrected entry: When Jackson is firing on the Hetzer, the Hetzer eventually silences Jackson with its main gun. The vertical elevation for the Hetzer was no more than 30°, much too low to hit Jackson in the tower.


Correction: The vehicle in question is not a Hetzer. It's a Marder, a vehicle capable of high elevation firing.

Corrected entry: When the planes fly in to the rescue at the end of the movie, Miller refers to them as being part of the Air Force. The Air Force was not established until after WWII. During WWII it was the Army Air Corps.

Correction: United States Army Air Corps was the name from 1923-1941. From then, until 1947, when they became their own branch of the military and dropped the "Army, " their official name was The United States Army Air Force. He could also simply be shortening it for simplicity's sake rather than saying the entire name in the heat of battle.

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

Corrected entry: Throughout the movie Pvt. Jackson uses a Springfield '03 rifle; a rifle that can only hold 5 rounds of ammo at a time. In the final battle scene where he is firing on the Germans from atop the church tower, you see that he fires more than 5 rounds continuously without reloading.

Correction: They cut away from him so much you never can know if he reloads or not.

Corrected entry: When Miller arrives at the bottom of the hill, under the German machine gun, there's a radioman to his left. This soldier gets his face shot off, but in a later beach scene, he appears as a different wounded soldier.

Correction: I can't confirm that. In which scene?

Corrected entry: When Caparzo gets shot you hear a dissonant chord on the piano instantly after the shot before he lands on it to create the rest. The only explanation for the sound would be the bullet deflected into the piano but that would only create two notes at most.


Correction: This is one possibility, but the dissonant chord could also be the result of wood fragmentation from the piano itself striking additional strings.

Corrected entry: The final battle takes place on June 13 (we know this from the date on Captain Miller's tombstone) against the 2nd SS Panzer Division. The 2nd SS was not yet in Normandy on June 13.

Correction: The SS arrived in Normandy on the 7th June.

Corrected entry: Upham is referred to throughout the film as a Corporal. He is actually a Technician 5th Grade, indicated by the 'T' beneath his stripes. The same pay grade, but without the NCO rank. This doesn't stand for "Translater" as some people have argued - "Technician" was a term applied to anyone with a special skill - the US Army now uses "Specialist" instead to avoid confusion.

Correction: Technician Fifth Grade (abbreviated as T/5 or TEC 5) was a United States Army technician rank during World War II. Those who held this rank were addressed as Corporal. The wearers of the rank were often called "Tech Corporal.".

Corrected entry: When the Americans are preparing the final ambush in Ramelle, there is a part with Miller explaining to a soldier and Ryan how the bridge has to be blown, then the soldier mentions that the last man to do it must run away because they are going to use a 30-second delay fuse. But at the very end, Miller tries to detonate the explosives with a electrical switch.

01:57:40 - 02:29:50

Correction: The fuse is coiled on the electrical switch. The electrical switch creates an electric charge that LIGHTS the fuse without the need of matches or lighters.

Corrected entry: The beach in the movie is just too small in comparison to the historical Omaha Beach. When visiting it today, Omaha Beach does look much smaller because houses and a road were built, halving the original beach. But in 1944, the beach was miles in length. Because the beach is so much smaller in the movie, you can see the German machine-gunners and the US soldiers they are shooting at in the same frame. And because they are shooting from such a small distance, they can fire in long, wild bursts. So it is understandable why the beach was so small in the movie: because of artistic license. Most of the US soldiers that were killed on Omaha Beach never even saw their enemy because of the distance.


Correction: This entry corrects itself: artistic license. This is decent trivia, but it's not a movie mistake.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: The whole "Omaha Beach Attack" takes about 25 minutes in real-time in the film. The director does not use any visual or audio cues to indicate that more time (minutes, hours) passes between different shots. There should have been fades to black or whatever and sound fading in and out to indicate the passing of time. Historically, the assault on Omaha Beach lasted the entire morning, into the afternoon. The rushed battle in this movie, while engrossing and spectacular, does not do proper justice to the ordeal that the men on Omaha Beach lived through. While flawed in many other respects, the movie "The Longest Day" does indicate that it took them a long, long time to finally get off the beach.


Correction: While I must applaud your devotion to the soldiers there, this can't be considered a mistake. The director chose to compress time in order to make the movie an acceptable length. Clearly it still did justice to the battle as many WWII veterans described it as a true representation of the fighting they went through.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: As already stated, the stunning opening battle scenes were shot in Ireland, not France: County Wicklow's Killester Beach, to be exact.

Correction: The beach scenes were actually filmed on Curracloe Beach in County Wexford. My sister was part of the crew (hair stylist). I have been there several times.

Corrected entry: There is a part in the opening battle scene where you see a German soldier's point of view when he is firing down at the Americans, If you look closely you can see the German soldier is clearly firing in another direction than where the bullets are hitting.

Correction: There was more than one German shooting at the time.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Mellish and the other Ranger hear footsteps coming up the stairs, you hear one set of footsteps. When they call out Upham's name, the footsteps stop. When Mellish fires into the wall, you hear a body drop and blood pool by the room opening. Yet there is no body outside the room, only the 'other' German soldier firing through the wall, shooting the one Ranger in the neck and ultimately killing Mellish. The only soldier outside that room was Upham, still on the stairwell.


Correction: You never see just outside the door.

Corrected entry: In the last battle scene in the end, there is a lengthy shot of Mellish, Henderson, and Upham running to a building to cover the right flank with a machine gun. When you first see out of the hole in the wall (the one they use to fire out of) you can see in the background what looks like a Sd.Kfz.124 (tank) moving towards the right. Soon after this (right after they put the sticky bombs on the tank) there is a shot where Mellish is screaming about the flank folding, and once again you can see out of the hole and what looks like the exact same shot of the Sd.Kfz.124 moving towards the right. The tank would have had to go in reverse, and then go forward again, and there is only one of these tanks in the scene.

02:14:35 - 02:15:20

Correction: Actually it had been previously established by Jackson that there were 2 "Panzers" along with the 2 Tigers heading to the town. Also, before the Tiger tanks began driving down the road to attack it was said that neither of the two "Panzer" tanks took the bait.

Corrected entry: Capt. Miller and Pvt. Ryan throw the 60mm mortar rounds as grenades. This can not happen. The 60mm mortar round uses a type of propellant that is solid and looks like sliced cheese. It is placed around the outside of the lower section of the mortar round, which is also the fin area. They would need to remove the propellant first before they could hold onto the fin, which leads to the second mistake. The fin of the 60mm mortar is hollow with holes drilled through it. This is to allow the flame from the primer to reach the propellant. If a person was to hold onto the fin and hit the primer end on a piece of metal, the primer would ignite and burn your hand.

Correction: Not only is it possible to use a mortar round like this but an American Medal of Honor winner Beauford Anderson did so on Okinawa during the action that won his medal. Charles E Kelly also did so in Italy during actions that resulted in a Medal of Honor.

Corrected entry: In the opening scenes, as the soldiers are landing on the beach, their rifles are wrapped in plastic wrap. This type of plastic was not invented until the end of the 1940s and later. Water resistant "cellophanes" and wraps were a much later invention by inventors such as Saran and Reynolds.

Correction: This is incorrect. To view a picture of the actual plastic bags used to protect rifles on D-day, go here:

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: In the beginning of the film, the soldier that Miller is dragging through the water dies. But then you can see this same soldier again various times throughout the film, for example when he asks Miller where the rallying point is.

Correction: It's a different soldier. They're played by different actors, even listed separately in the credits.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: On the beach when Miller is talking to the wounded man, the Navy beach Patrol tell him, "I've got to clear these obstacles, etc." In one shot, he removes the fuse from behind his ear. A second later it still behind his ear.

Correction: In that scene the Navy beach Patrol is dragging two fuses. That's why it seems like a mistake. Actually you can see him setting the first fuse before taking the second.

Corrected entry: Upham halts a fleeing Steamboat Willie and five other Germans. Just before Willie says "Upham" (Willie's last word before getting shot), note that the German second from the left is smiling. Hardly a situation where you might expect any of them to be amused.



Correction: He's not amused. He's delirious with fear. Facing your death can do that.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene in the French village after the soldier attempting to rescue the girl is shot, where the German marksman is shown being shot through the scope is an impossibility. Modern higher powered rifles are unable to pierce a scope, let alone pierce directly through the scope and through the German's head. Also, a marksman on a battlefield, under stress, would never be able to place such an accurate shot. Sources: Mythbusters.


Correction: Many veterans mention such a shot being taken in memoirs written after the war. First-hand accounts by veterans would seem more definitive than a TV show that can only attempt to simulate a given situation. Further, it's only impossible with a modern scope, the Mythbusters revisited the myth and found that it is in fact plausible with a period scope. Not to mention Carlos Hathcock had a confirmed kill in Vietnam in this way.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the film, during the beach invasion and right after Miller comes out of his first little episode, watch behind the soldier who yells, "What the hell do we do now, sir?" When the camera is pointing at Miller, the same patch of water explodes three times.

Correction: The Germans dropped a lot of shells on Omaha beach that day. Everything was probably hit more than once.

Corrected entry: It is a great irony that the cowardly soldier just happens to be named Upham. It is an unusual name and happens to be shared with Captain Charles Upham, a New Zealand soldier who, during WWII, was awarded the Victoria Cross twice. He is only the third person in history and the only combat soldier to receive the VC twice (the other two being medics). So the fictional Upham couldn't be more different to his real life namesake.

Correction: Without evidence that the choice of name was an intentional nod to the real-life Upham, this lies entirely within the realm of coincidence and, as such, is not valid trivia.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: On D-Day itself only TWO German fighters actually attacked the beaches of Normandy (in total contradiction to Hitler's orders, who still thought of it as being a feint attack). The pilots were the aces Josef "Pips" Priller and Heinz Wodarczyk.

Correction: In what way is this trivia relating to the film? If the film shows more fighters, then it's a mistake, not trivia, if the film only shows one, then the other is presumably off camera, if the film shows the accurate two, then you're just pointing what's seen on screen (which isn't good trivia) and the background information isn't particularly film-relevant. Trivia is supposed to be about the film - while historical facts are interesting, thousands could be added about any historically set film. As such, they cannot be accepted as valid trivia.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: In the bunker scene we see much of the battle through Jackson's scope from his gun. So why is Jackson not sniping the Germans and instead rushing them with grenades?

Correction: Just before the attack on the radar station, when Jackson volunteers to attack, he switches rifles with Upham the interpreter, taking Upham's M-1 because of it's superior rate of fire, and therefore it is Upham who is watching, but not firing. He removes the scope from the rifle, and observes the battle with it.

Corrected entry: Before the final battle at Ramelle, the Jewish soldier is explaining to Upham what his upcoming duties are. He is to be "Johnny on the spot" with providing ammo to the different locations of soldiers set up around the town.Why not just equally divide up all the ammo amongst the soldiers? Is Upham really supposed to be a walking ammo-store for each group of soldiers? What if he gets shot? No ammo.

Correction: Just because you think that something should be done differently, it doesn't make it a mistake. To divide ammunition equally between the soldiers makes little sense if you don't know precisely where the enemy will attack from. With no backup supply available, those soldiers facing the assault could swiftly run out of ammunition, leaving them vulnerable, while those soldiers not facing the direct assault have a good supply of ammunition that's of no use. Far better to have a central supply that can be doled out as required, despite the inherent risks.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: Near the end of the final battle when Tom Hanks is lying wounded on the bridge, the weather is all dry and it's not raining at all. But when the reinforcements arrive and the camera moves to an overview shot revealing number of rangers and a jeep heading towards the bridge, it's miraculously started raining and the ground looks covered with puddles, as if it's rained for a long time already. Yet it never rains during the battle or anywhere near it. When it moves back to a closeup shot of Tom Hanks, it's dry again. The weather changes between dry and wet several times.


Correction: The wet ground is not caused by rain, it's caused by debris and large objects falling into the river, causing the water to splash up and onto the ground.

Corrected entry: At the start of the film at Omaha Beach, we see Tom Hanks coming out of the water and kneeling down in front of the steel frames in the sand. Then, when the guy starts talking to him, they are all back in the water again.



Correction: It could of been the water coming back up, they were on a beach, so it is probaly why they are back into the water.

Corrected entry: When Miller and his men make it to the bunkers after d-day, there is a dead American, how could this be if Americans weren't there yet?

Correction: It was never implied that they where the very first soldiers to reach the bunkers, someone else could have gotten up there first, but was killed.


Corrected entry: When Miller, and Ryan are in the ditch, Ryan states he's out of ammo, but in the next scene, he fires off another round.

Correction: Ryan is not including the rounds already in the gun. Basically telling Miller, "This is it!"

Damian Torres

Corrected entry: Even given the disastrously inaccurate airdrops, the 101st Airborne landed 15 to 20 miles closer to Utah beach than to Omaha beach, where Miller and men came ashore. By the end of June 6, most of the 101st was scattered in pockets near Vierville, easily twenty miles west of Omaha but within a mile or two of the lead elements from Utah. So why would commanders in Washington or England order Omaha units, which had been badly mauled on D-Day, to slog so far out of their way to find Ryan? Units from Omaha would have had to cross four enemy-held rivers and pass through almost all of the German 84th Corps to come close to any significant group of U.S. paratroopers.

Correction: Despite the distance between Omaha and Vierville, the commanders would have thought it best to send a small squad of Army Rangers - troops better suited for these types of special operations missions - behind enemy lines rather than deploying regular Army units. The only Ranger battalions present on D-day were assigned to land at Omaha Beach and Point du Hoc, although those men were not relieved until two days after the attack and would have been unable to break away for a mission. Also, we do not know the timetable for the events portrayed in the movie, it could have been a few days after D-day when Captain Miller and his squad were dispatched behind enemy lines.

I said the rule where they send rescue missions to save wasn't established until after WW2. I meant wasn't established until a few years after WW2. Before it was established the military wasn't willing to save to risk the lives of several to many soldiers to save one soldier.

Corrected entry: When the door of the landing craft opens in the beginning of the film, a soldier is immediately shot in the head. As he goes down his eyes close, open, close. To notice it you have to look frame per frame. When he has his eyes open you see him check where he has to fall.

Correction: If you have to look frame-by-frame to see it then it's not a valid mistake.

Oliver Hunter Premium member

Corrected entry: In the invasion scene and throughout the film, the sniper expert is shown to be a left-handed shot. When the squad moves off the beach and is chatting its way up a hill in the open, bunched up and exposed to instant attack, the sniper is strolling along carrying his rifle in the way that only a right-handed shot would carry it. This would render his sniper skills useless in a firefight. No left-handed firer would ever transfer his weapon to his right side, especially a sniper-trained expert, but this guy does, which is a major error.

Correction: When moving in groups it is standard to stagger each man's weapon. Most people are right-handed, but if everyone was pointing their weapon to the left and an attack came from the right that would not be good. To ensure both sides are covered adequately every other man points his rifle to the right, and the rest point theirs to the left. The sniper just happened to be in place in line to point his rifle to the left. The squad is doing the same thing when Upham is trying to talk to them right after he joins the squad. It is standard procedure.


Corrected entry: In the last battle when the two men throw bottles of wine on the tank it explodes, but when Jackson is sniping in the tower a couple of shots later the same tank explodes again and the Germans jump out of the tank.

Correction: It's not supposed to be in real time. The shot of Jackson is showing what happened up in his tower while the tank was exploding, not what happened after it exploded.

Corrected entry: In a scene on Omaha beach at the seawall, Cpt. Miller and Sgt. Horvath are arguing which route to take to get off the beach. A soldier behind Cpt. Miller grabs him and shouts directly into his face, "They're killing us and we don't have a [swearing] chance and that ain't fair." Midway through shouting this, the camera shot changes and the soldier is magically facing the opposite direction and not saying anything; yet what he was shouting at Miller continues.

Correction: When the shot changes Miller is blocking the screaming soldier's face. We cannot tell which way he is facing and we certainly can't tell whether or not his lips are moving.

Corrected entry: At the end of the movie, a soldier bends down and takes a piece of paper from Captain Miller. The soldier's helmet has a net on it, but then a far shot shows him wearing a plain helmet.

Correction: There is still net on the helmet, only since it's a far shot you have to look closely to see it. It is there though.

Corrected entry: In the scene where they have just stormed the bunker, and Wade is killed. They have been through the city, with all the rain and mud, along with many other experiences. While they are all standing around, debating, and arguing, look at the uniforms, they are practically brand new. Obviously, this must have been filmed first. The next scene, shows them finding private Ryan, and their uniforms are back, dirty and stained again from then on.

Correction: The movie was shot in chronological order, this scene was not filmed first. The uniforms are no cleaner here than they are in any other scene, only the sunlight makes them appear a bit brighter.

Corrected entry: Although Miller's group is wearing canvas gaiters and boots issued on the first American uniform, in the scene that precede their arrival on the first French village , when rain starts falling on the leaves, they show paratroopers or the second type regular boots of later issue stomping on the water pool.

Correction: They are not supposed to be the boots of Miller and his group; they are the boots of soldiers in the village. Those soldiers were paratroopers.

Corrected entry: At the first battle scene, when the camera is up in the pill boxes, looking down at the soldiers, there are hardly any wounded or dead or even live soldiers, but when the camera comes back down to ground level, there are clearly more soldiers. This happens a number of times.

Correction: Omaha Beach is 5,6 kilometres long. In some parts there were fewer soldiers. There is no indication that we are watching only one small patch throughout the scene.

Corrected entry: At the end of the movie, a tank explodes from a P51 bomb before the plane over flies the scene. A real bomb would have exploded after the plane had passed.

Correction: The airplane we see after the bomb has exploded is not the same plane that dropped the bomb. You can see more than one plane in that scene.

Corrected entry: In the final battle an American solider gets stabbed through the chest after a long scuffle with a German soldier. It is impossible for a human chest to be penetrated that slowly and smoothly by even a really sharp knife, especially with clothing on and only using one hand.

Correction: I've just reviewed the scene and we can't really see the angle of the knife, plus the knife is quite small and ribs can be displaced quite easily, especially with the force the German soldier applies as he is leaning on the knife with his whole body.

Ronnie Bischof

Corrected entry: At the start of the film on the attack on Omaha Beach, when we see the ship bringing the soldiers in and it lowers its platform we can see there are no steel things in the sand, and even from the enemies' point of view there aren't any, yet when Tom Hanks says "over the sides" if you watch closely, there are loads.



Correction: Wrong. See the screen-shot showing one of the obstacles toward the right of the shot. This is just after the door drops and the bodies start falling (00:06:32). No error here.

Corrected entry: As the boys on MythBusters recently demonstrated, bullets that enter the water even from very short ranges shatter and travel no more than about 1 metre before they run out of energy. So the opening scenes of the Omaha landing showing troops being shot while well under the water could not have happened.

Correction: As veterans of the Omaha beach landing described how they received injuries under those exact circumstances, I think it's safe to say that not only did the Mythbusters experiment fail to accurately replicate the situation, but that what's seen on screen is entirely possible.

Tailkinker Premium member

The Germans were firing tracer bullets at the Americans during the Normandy scene. Tracer rounds catch fire as they travel through the air causing them to get very hot. This could have allowed them to travel very deep underwater with lethal force, if the round is shot from a great enough distance that is.

Corrected entry: The men are sitting in the French village waiting for the Germans to arrive. They listen to a French record and a large pile of rubble can be seen in the background. The camera then cuts to a face shot of one of the soldiers, which gives a closer view of the rubble; and just above his shoulder can be seen a black shiny plastic rubbish bin lid - a product that surely wouldn't have been available in a small French village, let alone before say, 1970.

Correction: No such error. The only 'face shot' during the record player scenes is of Upham (see screen-shots) and only the player is behind him. Shortly before that, Ryan has a pile of rubble over his right shoulder, and on top is a black disc that may be a melted tire, but is certainly not a trash can lid.

Corrected entry: When the sniper says, "This sniper's got real talent," and shoots through the scope, the scope is not damaged and you can tell that in post-production the sniper's eyelid was painted black.

Correction: Not so. When the 'bullet' goes through the sight of the sniper's rifle, both ends blow out with a heavy smoke effect, and the sniper's eye is bloody and chuny as he fall dead.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the troop comes upon the crashed aircraft you can see Ryan in the background as an injured soldier. As Miller crosses under the netting Ryan can be seen sitting next to the pilot with a bandage covering the left side of his face. Again, about thirty seconds later when the pilot stands up to talk to Miller, you can see Ryan on the ground behind Reiben as he is lighting his cigarette.


Correction: Actually, no, just a guy with a similar appearance, but not Matt Damon. No error here. See screen-shot.

Corrected entry: Every weapon used in the movie was an authentic WW2 weapon. Capt. John Miller used a Thompson SMG and a Colt 45 pistol, Pvt. Daniel Jackson had a Springfield 03" sniper rifle, Pvt. James Ryan had an M1 Garand, the private who survives at the end used a BAR M1918A1, and the Germans used mounted MG42 machine guns. The grenades used were also real, Germans having Stielhandgranates and the Americans using Mark 2 Fragmentation grenades.

Correction: Unless the author is trying to imply that every weapon we see actually saw service during the war, I don't understand the point of this "trivia". Saying that a movie attempting to accurately portray history succeeded in being historically accurate is unremarkable.

Corrected entry: On the shore it shows a full can of ammunition floating in and out on the tide. A full can would be as heavy as a rock and would not move.

Correction: There is nothing to show that the can is full.


Corrected entry: Many tanks were landing on the beach at the beginning. Actually, only two tanks landed on "Omaha Beach."

Correction: There are no tanks on the beach at all. This is made light of several times during the Omaha Beach scene by several different characters.


Corrected entry: In a scene where Miller is talking to Ryan after blowing up the truck, Miller's uniform clearly displays the Screaming Eagle, the insignia of the 101st airborne, also Ryan's division. However, Miller was a ranger, not a paratrooper.

Correction: I looked at this scene over and over again - Miller's patch says Rangers.


Corrected entry: In the scene immediately preceding the climactic battle in the village at the end of the movie, Capt. Miller is watching Jackson giving him hand signals from the tower regarding approaching Germans. He indicates two Tiger tanks, two "Panzer" tanks, and some infantry. However, the two Panzer tanks he refers to are actually tank destroyers which were a model called the "Marder" (which had several different models) and were opened-top (i.e. no enclosed crew compartment). They were never considered as bonafide tanks and, most likley, would not be referred to as a "Panzer" by a combat veteran. In all fairness, Jackson might not have been able to identify them accurately at long range.

Correction: Just because he's been in combat before does not mean that Jackson is an expert on German tanks. As he's still a private, he's quite likely not seen a great deal of combat anyway.

Corrected entry: During the scene in the French village, where Hamill comes to the rescue of Miller's men, as both Americans and Germans are screaming at each other to lay down their weapons - if you look closely at Miller's Thompson machine gun, it has no clip.

Correction: Both Americans and Germans were surprised after that wall collapsed. In the confusion Miller probably did not notice that his Thompson had no clip.

Corrected entry: On the beach, when Capt. Miller is dragging the wounded Briggs, there is a tank in the background, most likely a Sherman M4. Yet, a few minutes before he was telling "All the armor's foundering in the channel". Also we never see tanks landing on the beach so this tank appeared from nowhere.



Correction: The Statement by Captain Miller is simply a generalization, and not meant as fact. Some, though few tanks landed on the beaches in the first hours, although we don't see it, it makes no difference. We don't see every single man who is there land either, but we know they are there.

Alex Fulle

Corrected entry: In the Scene where the American knocks down the wall to reveal the Germans, Jackson (the sniper) is pointing an unscoped Springfield at them. When they exchange words, you see Jackson aiming his rifle with a scope.

Correction: The scope is on Jackson's rifle during the whole scene.

Ronnie Bischof

Corrected entry: When Capt. Miller meets up with the first (and wrong) Private Ryan, his squad has just passed through a torrential downpour, soaking all of their uniforms. The rain has stopped when he sits to interview the mistaken private Ryan and the ground is still wet, but Miller's uniform is suddenly bone dry.

Correction: If you have ever seen or worn a military combat uniform, you would know that they are special because they can dry incredibly quickly. In the sun, a drenched uniform would be dry within the hour.

Corrected entry: When the patrol has conquered the MG 42 at the radar station, there are several shots of the MG. In none of these shots does the MG have its gunsights up. It is almost impossible to hit anything with the sights down. A WW2 German MG crew would not have made this mistake.

Correction: This has already been addressed before. it is concluded that since the MG-42 shoots too fast, the sight go knocked down.

Corrected entry: Toward the end of the movie Private Ryan tells the soldiers who came to save him that the last time he and his brothers were together was before they went off to boot camp. But in the pan shot of the interior of the farmhouse, you see a picture of all four brothers in their uniforms.


Correction: The wording is wrong, Ryan describes being with his brothers and tells the soldiers who came to save him that it was the last time he and his brothers were together before they went off to boot camp. They were together at least one time after that as the picture shows but it's reasonable for Ryan to remember the last time they were together before joining the military.


Corrected entry: During the whole opening sequence of the storming of Omaha beach, not once are the barrels on the German MG-42's changed. The heat developed in these barrels due to this machine-gun's extreme cyclic rate (25 rounds pr. sec), makes it necessary to replace them with a spare barrel on regular intervals. Granted, in the heat of battle, it might get problematic to do this, but a seasoned German soldier would've managed to change the barrel in only a few seconds. There is also no barrel change in the scene where Miller's patrol attack the German MG-34 position later in the movie (where in the end the medic gets hit and dies).

Correction: In the Normandy sequence, there's no way of knowing the gunners never changed barrels. The focus is rarely on them, but rather the Americans fighting their way up the beach. Just because they don't specifically show them changing barrels doesn't mean they didn't, there's plenty of time where they're offscreen for them to do so. The second firefight is very brief, there's no way the machine gun's barrel would overheat from such a short engagement. Also, at this point in the war, many of the German troops that where stationed on the western front where very young and untrained. For example, during the scene where the American troops surround a trench and kill all the German soldiers in it, the knife that the American soldier pulled off a dead German was a Hitler Youth knife. Which is given to adolescent Germans who want to be soldiers.


Corrected entry: In the beginning, we see the invasion of Normandy, and Miller arrives at the beaches. But the strange thing is that the beaches weren't taken until the third wave in the invasion. There were three invasion waves. The first wave were all but slaughtered; few of the men survived. But because there are no dead bodies on the beaches when Miller and his men arrive, we assume he is with the first wave. But Miller and his invasion wave take the beaches.

Correction: You can see bodies up the beach when the camera first changes to the German gunner's view. These bodies are too far up the beach and too soon for them to be Miller and his invasion.

Corrected entry: At the end of the opening battle the Americans use grenades to clear the trench leading to the entrance to the bunker. Reiben unpins a grenades and throws it to Sergeant Horvath who lobs it over the wall. During this Reiben unpins another grenade and throws it over the wall but there is only one explosion.

Correction: One of the grenades could have been a dud.

William Bergquist

Corrected entry: In the beach scene where Miller has lost his hearing momentarily, you see him look at a young soldier cowering against an obstacle on the beach. In front of him there is a large egg-shaped object. Moments later, there is a small explosion which presume is a German firing upon him. After the sand has settled from the small burst, the object has disappeared and there is no hole in the ground.

Correction: It was not an explosion but simply just another soldier running and kicking the object, thats why there is no hole in the ground.

Corrected entry: The name of the river in the final battle of the movie is actually Merderet, not Ramelle. Ramelle was a made-up name for the movie.

Correction: The name of the river is Merderet, but Ramelle is not a made-up name, it is the name of the town the final battle takes place in.

Corrected entry: The Rangers were driven into the beach by US Coastguards driving British landing craft, whereas infantry on Omaha arrived in American craft piloted by RN coxswains.

Correction: All the first wave craft at the Vierville Draw, including the Rangers', were British LCAs, driven by Royal Navy crews. See

Corrected entry: One American soldier shot into the sight slot on the front of the German "Tiger" tank. This slot was made of a particular glass called "Kinon," at least 15 centimeters thick, and it was almost impossible to break.

Correction: In the movie you can see that this glass was raised above the slot.

Corrected entry: Near the end of the movie at the Alamo rally point when the P-51's show up to blast the German tanks they are referred to as "Tank Busters". P-51's were not usually equipped to do this as a P-47 would be the much more likely aircraft for the job. There was a version of the P-51 called an A-36 equipped for ground attacks, but they were very specific about this being a P-51.

Correction: A-36 may have been the "official" designation but that doesn't mean everyone knew that. And if you're an infantryman on the ground and look up to see the P-51 silhouette you're not going to shout LOOK A-36's. You're gonna call them P-51's, even if they are the tank buster variant.

Corrected entry: The German troops who attack the village in the film's climatic battle scene must have been either very badly led or very inexperienced. No experienced soldier of any army, let alone the battle-hardened Germans, would attack a village or town by advancing in long files down the middle of the street as the attackers do in this film. In reality, they would have attacked house to house, using the cellars and alleyways to gain access into the village, rather than allow themselves to be mown down like ninepins in the middle of the road.

Correction: Not all the army goes down the middle of the town as some take the side streets. It's also not likely they thought they would encounter resistance. While that plan of attack might be taken if they thought there would be an ambush, but as shown before the troops arrive there was only a handful of soldiers and the Germans might have thought there wouldn't be much problem. Bottom line there is no way to say that line of action would be taken.

Corrected entry: When the SS soldier is killing Private Mellish in the last battle scene you can see a line where the soldier stabs Mellish.

Correction: What line? I've watched this scene carefully and can see no line that strikes me as unusual.


Corrected entry: Mellish gets stabbed by a German soldier wearing SS insignia. Later, Upham shoots the same soldier, who is now wearing Wehrmacht insignia.

Correction: It's not the same soldier, they look a lot like each other, but they're not the same.

Corrected entry: In the opening battle scene, Tom Hank's makes reference that all of the armour support for the invasion, the 741st and 743rd Tank Battalions, having foundered in the English Channel. While the 741st did lose 30 of the 32 tanks allocated to the 1st Infantry Division's part of Utah Beach, the 743rd successfully landed 32 tanks on the 29th Infantry Division's Omaha Beach, including the Dog Green section.

Correction: Actually there were 29 tanks assigned to Omaha beach, but the American commanders sent the 'floating tanks' away 3 miles off-shore. Only two made it.

Corrected entry: The battle of Normandy was over by nightfall, not in the middle of the day as it is depicted in the film.

Correction: They didn't depict it as being over, they depicted a foothold being established at one sector of the battlefield. The battle may have been over for those soldiers, but not the rest of the invasion force. In all fairness, there should have been, as another poster pointed out, bodies covering the beaches when Tom Hanks' company arrived.

Corrected entry: At the end of the opening battle the Americans use grenades to clear the trench leading to the entrance to the bunker. One of the soldiers removes the pin from a grenade and throws it to another soldier who lobs it into the trench. No well trained soldier would do something so foolish. He might hand on a grenade with the pin still in it but to throw it live to his mate was extremely foolish. If he had dropped it the whole squad would have been wiped out.

Correction: Well, most of the men were not specially trained soldiers, they were just normal guys. The soldiers would have been so pleased not only to still be alive but to have an advantage and were probably just showing off a little.

Corrected entry: When the platoon sergeant is canning the dirt sample from France, the markings on the 3 cans are made with a wide-tipped magic marker. These were not developed until 15 years later. A black grease-pencil was standard issue in those days (1944).

Correction: The first magic marker was actually marketed in 1952 but similar types of pens were already available in the 1940's


Corrected entry: In the final battle Tom Hanks and Matt Damon run out of ammunition and start throwing mortar rounds that explode on impact. This is impossible as mortar rounds have to spin a certain amount of times to arm themselves (a safety measure) so unless the pair are two all star quarterbacks, nothing would have happened to the rounds when they landed.

Correction: An infantry mortar round is fin-stabilised, and therefore does not spin in flight. A modern mortar round can be set to explode on impact, or on a delay setting (to allow the round to detonate after it passes through trees, etc). For the round to explode on impact, a safety pin would have to be removed from the round detonator on its cap, something that is not present in the film. The safety device described was only ever attached to bombs dropped from aircraft during the war.

Corrected entry: There appear to be multiple mistakes right after Miller decides to release the German rather than execute him. There is much commotion as Rieben and Horvath are arguing, but you can see in the background that Mellish is telling Miller that he has a sixth sense and that Ryan's dead. Right after, Mellish comes running over to Miller and starts repeating himself. Also, whenever Reiben and Horvath are not shown, they can be heard repeating the same words in the same tone as when they are being shown. At one point, I believe I can overhear them arguing even as they are being shown arguing. Also, look at the positions of some of the other actors, they change from shot to shot.

Correction: This is just a simple time lapse. If they went to a split-screen, you would have no idea what was going on, so they showed what went on at one place for a moment, and then what went on during the same moment between different people.

Corrected entry: In the French village where the squad first looks for Private Ryan, soldiers shout "Thunder.", and the reply they get is "Flash." This is totally the opposite. In Europe for identification you shouted out "Flash" to which the countersign was "Thunder".

Correction: The statement is correct, but in the movie's context, both are wrong. The challenge/password was changed every few days. (Flash/Thunder was used from the 101sts landing till the end of June 6th) It was changed repeatedly so the enemy would not be as likely to pick up the reply and have the chance to use it. During the movie time span, the correct challenge/reply would have been Thirsty/Victory, or Weapon/Throat, used from D 1-D 3, and D 4-D 6 respectively. (The true one depends on the movie, if they set out ON D 3, or got the orders, and left the next day).

Corrected entry: Look very close at the M1 Garand cartridge belts. The ten pockets where the 8 rd. clips go are flat. These guys are all going into combat with no ammo! You would at least think they would have put blocks of wood equal to the size of the clips in the belt pockets to make it look like they have ammo in their belts.

Correction: They had already attacked two towns and a german MG nest, this would have taken up a large amount of ammo...

Corrected entry: When they have captured the German machine gun placement, look carefully at the German MG-42 machine gun - its front sight is down, not up. No wonder they missed so much.

Correction: As soon as an MG42's trigger is pulled, the gun is jumping around and putting dust anywhere, enough to make anyone miss. The gun having an aim would make no difference, especially at that range.

Corrected entry: In the D-Day scene where the Germans are firing at the troops on the beach a machine gun (MG-42) is fired for about ten seconds non-stop. The MG-42 can only fire for about 5 seconds without pausing otherwise the barrel will overheat causing the bullets to go everywhere. I fired an MG-42 before and overheated the barrel and that made the gun useless until I changed the barrel.

Correction: There is more than one MG, and you can clearly hear one MG stop firing and another start.

The Germans didn't pause long enough to prevent the guns from overheating.

Corrected entry: Jackson claims at one point that he could hit Adolph Hitler from a mile away. So why, instead of the squad charging the radar station and losing a man, doesn't he pick off the machine-gunners from a distance, or at least do so while the others charge?

Correction: Jackson is surely a heroic shooter, but he was simply following orders by CPT Miller to charge the German radar site

Corrected entry: In the final battle scene regarding the 'Tiger' tanks. Note the American soldiers running back and forth in front of the 'Tigers'. The tanks are not firing their machine guns at all. This would be highly unlikely (and stupid) since the Tiger had a five man crew and two internally operated machine guns. If they were actually used, the exposed Americans would have been cut to pieces.

Correction: In regard to the 1st Tiger tank (the one disabled by the sticky bombs) it opened fire after the German soldiers were mowed down and also when Upham ran down the staircase to get more ammunition. Maybe later on the Germans ran out of ammunition or their gun could have jammed, which could explain why they didn't open fire then. As for the 2nd Tiger tank it was constantly moving, which would make it difficult to shoot the American soldiers. Also the German tank commander was trying to capture the bridge, so he probably ignored those American soldiers. Soldiers armed with rifles would NOT be much of a threat to a German Tiger tank commander.

Corrected entry: Has anyone else noticed how clean Matt Damon's teeth are? In the final stages of the movie, when the allied soldiers are preparing to defend the bridge, there is a close up of Matt's face which reveals perfect and shiny white teeth. Now I severely doubt that in a war situation a soldier would have teeth this perfect...

Correction: As is shown in Band of Brothers, during downtime you take care of personal hygiene. It was stressed to us many times to take care of our teeth in a combat zone, same as taking care of our feet due to possible trench foot. There would be nothing wrong with someone having good teeth, even in a combat zone.

Corrected entry: In the battle at the village one American soldier gets onto the Tiger, opens the hatch and drops a hand grenade into it. This is not possible since these hatches were locked from inside.

Correction: A German crewman opened the hatch to get out. But he was shot by an American who then stuck his gun into the hatch to stop the lid from closing.

Corrected entry: It is common german military tactics not to drive tiger tanks or tanks of any kind into a urban area until it has been searched by infantry for anti-tank weapons (such as bazooka's and so on). This tactic was most notably learned early in the Russian campaign and therefore known before the D-day landings and the battle for the bridge. The most common tactic would have been to use the infantry to search house by house, and if strong resistence is met, to use the artillary to push them into the open.

Correction: Sometimes mistakes like that do happen. In the book Steel Inferno (written by Michael Reynolds, a retired British officer who is an expert on German panzer tactics) on pages 130-131, Chapter 11, it tells about an incident that took place at Villers-Bocage, France. "On 6/13/1944 at 1300 hours, several Tiger and Mark IV tanks went into the town and were AMBUSHED by British soldiers armed with PIATs (Projector Infantry Anti-Tank, a weapon similar to a bazooka or panzerschrek), sticky bombs, and 6-pounder guns. At least one Tiger and one Mark IV tanks were destroyed by PIATs and sticky bombs dropped from the upper floor windows or thrown from ground floors. The wreckage of six Tiger tanks and two Mark IV tanks were found in the town after the battle."

John Wong

Corrected entry: A Hitler Youth dagger is found in the trench right after the first bunker is taken on the beach. The men in these bunkers were mostly old German soldiers (in their 40's), veterans of the Russian campaign and Ukrainian and White Russian conscripts. It's highly unlikely that a member of the Hitler Youth or an SS Division composed of them would have been manning the bunkers on that stretch of Normandy, which had not been expected to be an invasion target. These divisions were kept further inland, with the rest of the SS Panzer divisions.

Correction: Actually, the Hitler Youth WERE at Normandy. Hitler sent them there to 'fill out the ranks' because they were inexperienced, un-trained and he decided it was the least likely point of attack.

Corrected entry: In the scene that depicts General Marshall, he is wearing four stars on his uniform. At that point in the war, he was a five star general. He outranked both Eisenhower and MacArthur. Eisenhower was still a four star until just before the Ardennes offensive that winter.

Correction: Marshall's rank is correct. The 5 star rank of Gerneral of the Army, and the Naval equivalent Fleet Admiral was created by act of Congress on 14 Dec 1944, with the first promotions effective the next day. This was six months after the D-Day invasion.

Corrected entry: In the end battle the Americans take on the Waffen SS 2nd division 'Das Reich'. Das Reich's Tiger tank company was disbanded in 1943 at Kursk, yet in the film two tigers are present under Das Reich command.

Correction: In fact, the massacre of Oradour sur Glane, where more than 600 civilians were slaughtered by the Germans, was operated by units of the 2nd SS Panzer Division "Das Reich" on 9./10.6.1944 whilst on their way to Normandy beaches. Obviously, the unit was not destroyed at all in 1943

Corrected entry: In the scene towards the end where Corporal Upham is translating the French song 'Tu es partout', he translates correctly but his translation does match the song. He says everything prematurely, before it's actually said in the song.

Correction: Upham appears to know the song quite well so it's not surprising that he translates the lines to come instead of the lines that came. That's what I do when I translate Swedish songs into English to a listener.

Corrected entry: Pvt. Jackson (the sniper) is using a 1903 Springfield, bolt action rifle. The problem is that he is left handed and the bolt is on the right side of the gun; he must reach over the scope with his left hand to activate the bolt after each shot - a very awkward move. It is doubtful that the Army would have allowed a lefty to train as a sniper because of the type of weapon used.

Correction: Yes, he does reach over the gun to reload. This is because some snipers are trained in military as to NEVER remove their hand from the trigger when engaging multiple targets. So, in which case, he doesn't remove his hand from the trigger, continues aiming, and reloads with his free hand.

Corrected entry: As the Rangers move out with the clutzy interpreter Upham, the veterans chastise him for saluting Capt. Miller, lest they draw the attention of German snipers to their leader. At that moment and throughout the film, "Capt. Miller" is wearing a helmet with his twin captain's bars painted in plain sight on the front, where no self-respecting sniper could possibly miss them.


Correction: Whatever Capt. Miller did or did not do with his uniform, it was still unwise to salute him. A salute is much easier to spot than an inch-high insignia.

Bob Blumenfeld Premium member

Corrected entry: In the Omaha Beach scene we can see certain of the beach obstacles Rommel had installed just a couple of months before the invasion took place. While most of them are according to historical appearance, the triangles of wood are headed the wrong way. Their flat end is to be towards the sea, not towards the bunkers.

Correction: In the movie, there are wooden structures facing in both directions. The ones further out to sea are sloping down towards the beach (presumably to prevent landing craft from getting too close) and the ones actually ON the beach are facing the other way, to prevent heavy armoured vehicles from driving up to the bunkers.


Corrected entry: At the end of the beach battle, Captain Miller calls up a soldier with a flamethrower to clear the bunker. Firing a flamethrower through the back entrance to a bunker was extremely unwise. A well constructed bunker (and the Germans were good at making bunkers) would not have a back entrance that led directly into the main area of the bunker. In order to deflect blasts there would either be a concrete slab inside the door or a corridor which would force you to turn left or right to enter the bunker. Firing a flamethrower straight through the door into a concrete slab would kill the flamethrower operator as the flame deflected back at him.

Correction: As the shot changes to show the front of the bunker, there is time for the flamethrower operator to go round the corner into the main area. It's unlikely he would have fired straight away when faced with the wall, and we don't see exactly what he does.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Ryan and Miller are lobbing mortars at the advancing troops, they both say they are out of ammo but as soon as they cross the bridge Hanks is firing his Thompson at the german firing line, if he said he was out where did he get the Thompson ammo?

Correction: They would have had some spare ammo in their 'Alamo' position, which they have just reached.


Corrected entry: At the beginning of the last battle scene in the French village you can see the back of the soldiers who are looking down the street awaiting the arriving German tanks. If you look closely at the end of the street you can see the stationary, angled barrel of a tank yet the soundtrack of that tank leads the viewer into believing it is moving beyond the buildings. When the "sound" of the tank reaches the street the tank itself starts to move as well.

Correction: The stationary, angled object is a piece of rubble, not the tank's gun barrel. The tank emerges from a a position behind the junk.


Corrected entry: Throughout the movie, we see Rieban firing his B.A.R and there are flashes at the end of the barrel. All B.A.Rs had a flash supressant at the ends so no flashes should bee seen.

Correction: Hiding the flash from enemy troops when firing on them isn't the purpose of the hider, all automatic weapons are easily visible when fired at night. It blocks the muzzle flash from the vision of the shooter, maintaining his night vision. Unless the camera was looking directly down the BAR (from the shooter's) point of view, seeing muzzle flashes would be natural, and expected.


Corrected entry: By the time in the second world war that Private Ryan portrays the German Air Force was mostly destroyed, Therefore most panzers were fitted with anti-aircraft guns on the commanders cupolas to provide some means of defence. These are clearly not present in the film.

Correction: As you say, "most" German tanks had anti-aircraft protection in the form of an MG42 mounted on top. I think it is fair to say that the tanks shown are simply those that did not. So it's not a mistake at all.

Corrected entry: When they show the big battle at the beginning, the insignia of the troops is clearly that of a unit that was an all black unit, yet there isn't a black actor in sight.

Correction: The insignia is the 29th Infantry, which was not a segregated black division.

Corrected entry: Matt Damons character is Private Ryan, well if he is a private then why does he have a lance-corporal stripe on the arm of his jacket?

Correction: Matt Damon is a Private (PFC) and in the US Army a Private First Class (PFC) wears one stripe on his arm.

Corrected entry: In the scene at the beginning where 3 medics are trying to save a man's life, just before the medic starts screaming abuse at the Germans to give them a chance and Hanks takes him away, you see that the medic on the left as you look at them has a red liquid pouring from his water bottle which makes it look like there's lots of blood coming from the dying man.

Correction: If you watch closely, the medic is shot through the canteen. At first water pours out of the hole in the canteen, but then it turns into his blood. He then quickly inserts gauze into the wound.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Mellish is fighting with the German in the building, we see Mellish biting the German's chin and a lot of blood comes out. Later in the scene, the German is on top of Mellish and no blood drips out and his chin appears to be fine.

Correction: He bites his knuckle, not his chin.

Corrected entry: The scene where Capt. Miller asks Capt. Ted Danson, "do you have anything resembeling a Four Star Hotel in this town?" isn't right. The "Four Star" hotel designation is derived from the Mobil Travel Guide Service which began in 1958 and of course would not have been part of the American nomenclature of 1944.

Correction: The Michelin Guide was in operation before the Mobil Guide and was where the "star" concept originated.

Corrected entry: The older veteran Ryan seen in the opening and closing of the film is wearing a windbreaker with two pins on it. One pin is the insignia of the 101st Airborne (his unit). The other pin is the Presidential Unit Citation (blue bar with gold trim). This was awarded to the soldiers of the 101st after the Battle of Bastogne in December 1944, six months after Private Ryan was sent home. Many 101st vets wear this, but Ryan wouldn't have.

Correction: In fact, this award was given to the 101st for their work in Normandy. There's a scene about it in Episode 3 of "Band of Brothers" - take a look.

Corrected entry: While Mellish and Henderson are fighting in the light blue room in Romell, a German Steilgrenate (hand grenade) flies through the hole and lands on the floor. When it lands, the black explosive tube is facing Mellish, however when he picks it up and throws it out, he's holding it by the end of the stick. Watch in slow-motion.

Correction: Watching the scene frame by frame shows his wrist turning (so the grenade faces the other direction) when throwing the grenade.

Corrected entry: When Caparzo is hit by the sniper he falls and drops his M1 right next to where he lands. Next time you see him the M1 is gone.

Correction: Caparzo is hit by the sniper and falls to the ground with his gun in his right hand. Before he is down on the ground the camera moves to the next shot. After 42 seconds you see Caparzo again, he has dropped his M1 near his left foot where it stays during the rest of the scene.

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the scene in which Mellick is killed at knifepoint, we see Mellick and airborne soldier in the room shooting at Germans. The ammo runs low and they hear footsteps coming up the steps. They shoot into the wall, we hear a thud and blood streams on the floor into the room from the hallway. Next, the Germans (including the who kills Mellick) storm the room, but our heroes get one first; this German falls dead outside the room blocking the door. Now cut to the end of the scene: Mellick is dead and the German is now walking down the stairs. There should be at least two dead bodies at the top of the stairs, but they're gone.

Correction: If you watch the earlier scene where the three soldiers first setup in the room upstairs, you will notice that the staircase has a 90-degree turn in it. So, the area that the German soldier passes by the Corp. Upham, you are only seeing the first 2/3rds of the staircase. The dead soldiers would be around the corner.

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