When Miller and his men find Ryan, he is dug in with his unit awaiting the German counter attack. Ryan refuses to leave his buddies and Miller and his men agree to fight with them. The Germans attack in overwhelming numbers and everyone fights valiantly except Upham who runs and hides. Of the men in the original platoon, Jackson gets blown up in the Bell Tower. Mellish has a fight with a German Soldier who after much struggling stabs Mellish to death. And Horvath gets shot numerous times and eventually dies. Miller gets shot trying to reach the remote to denonate the bridge. Reinforcements arrive just before he dies. Upham, Reiben and Ryan survive the battle. The old man we saw at the beginning in the war cemtery is Ryan, and he is there with his family to visit Miller's gravesite, the man who saved his life.
Factual error: The Tiger tanks portrayed in the movie are actually Soviet T-34s. You could tell by looking at their wheels. Real Tigers had interleaved wheels. These Tigers had the T-34 suspension. Obviously, Tigers are so rare (only one operational Tiger left) that another tank had to be substituted. But an excellent job was done to make the T-34s look like Tigers.
Trivia: The movie was shot in chronological order, which is unusual for a film. Spielberg chose to shoot it that way so that the actors would feel like they were going through the experience in the same order as the characters they play, and they lose friends on the way. This helped create the resentment towards Ryan, who doesn't share the journey with them.
Question: When they are preparing to attack the machine gun emplacement guarding the radar, Captain Miller asks 'Who's going left?' There's a long silence and finally Jackson responds that he'll do it - he'll go left. What is the significance of going left? I'm assuming that it is more dangerous, but if this is the case, why? Also, why does Captain Miller ask for volunteers for someone to go left? (As he picks himself and Mellish to go middle and right, respectively).bbarrington
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