Saving Private Ryan (1998) quotes

Director
Steven Spielberg.

Cast
Tom Hanks.
Matt Damon.
Tom Sizemore.

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

[weakly mutters something]
Captain Miller
[leans in closer] What, sir?
Private Ryan
James, earn this… earn it.
Captain Miller

James Francis Ryan of Iowa?
Captain Miller
Yes, sir. Paton, Iowa, that’s correct. What is this about?
Private Ryan
Your brothers were killed in combat.
Captain Miller
Which – Which ones?
Private Ryan
All of them.
Captain Miller

Fucked up beyond all recognition.
Mellish
FUBAR.
Upham

Hell, these guys deserve to go home as much as I do. They’ve fought just as hard.
Private Ryan
Is that what I’m supposed to tell your mother when she gets another folded American flag?
Captain Miller
You can tell her that when you found me, I was with the only brothers I had left. And that there was no way I was deserting them. I think she’d understand that.
Private Ryan

[firing machine gun] I’m out of .30 Caliber!
Parker
[lining shots] Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teaches my hands to war, and my fingers to fight.
Private Jackson
My goodness and my fortress… my high tower and my Deliverer.
Private Jackson
My shield, and he in whom I trust.
Private Jackson
Here you go baby.
Private Jackson
Parker, get down!
Private Jackson

 

I’m a schoolteacher. I teach English composition… in this little town called Adley, Pennsylvania. The last eleven years, I’ve been at Thomas Alva Edison High School. I was a coach of the baseball team in the springtime. Back home, I tell people what I do for a living and they think well, now that figures. But over here, it’s a big, a big mystery. So, I guess I’ve changed some. Sometimes I wonder if I’ve changed so much my wife is even going to recognize me, whenever it is that I get back to her. And how I’ll ever be able to tell her about days like today. Ah, Ryan. I don’t know anything about Ryan. I don’t care. The man means nothing to me. It’s just a name. But if… You know if going to Rumelle and finding him so that he can go home. If that earns me the right to get back to my wife, then that’s my mission.
Captain Miller
You want to leave? You want to go off and fight the war? All right. All right. I won’t stop you. I’ll even put in the paperwork. I just know that every man I kill the farther away from home I feel.
Captain Miller

 

Picture a girl who took a nosedive from the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.
– Private Ryan