Saving Private Ryan is a war film set during World War II. The story follows a U.S. Army Captain and a group of 7 men as they search for Private First Class James Francis Ryan, who is the last surviving son of the Ryan family. A General decides to send these men on the mission so that the missing brother can be returned safely home under the Sole Survivor Policy. The film is loosely based on the story of the Niland brothers, when the last surviving brother was sent home after his other 3 brothers were thought to have died in the war. The film stars Tom Hanks and Matt Damon. It was released in 1998 and was a box office smash, grossing over $480 million from a budget of just $70 million. It was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including the Academy Award for Best Director. Continue reading to find out who directed this successful movie.
Who directed Saving Private Ryan?
Saving Private Ryan was directed by the famous director Steven Spielberg. The initial story was developed in 1994 and after being passed to the producer and to Tom Hanks it reached Spielberg. After reading the script he decided he wanted to be the one to direct it. Shooting began in late June, 1997 and lasted for 2 months. For his work on the film he won the Academy Award for Best Director.
Did you know?
The film took out 5 Academy Awards, but is one of the only times that a film has won Best Director without winning Best Film (that award went to Shakespeare in Love).