20 Details From Behind The Scenes Of Saving Private Ryan

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Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan lingers in the memory long after the closing credits have rolled. And, certainly, its violence and realism make it a rarity among war movies; perhaps they’re also why it’s so well regarded as a piece of art. However, making the film wasn’t easy, as these 20 little-known behind-the-scenes facts reveal…

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20. Real amputees acted in the Omaha Beach scene

How was Spielberg going to realistically portray men running around in the heat of battle with their limbs missing? Simple: hire amputee actors. And that’s just what the director did. Specifically, 30 Irish Army Reserve members who had previously lost limbs were given prosthetic ones and asked to act out losing them.

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