MRS. RYAN'S BOYS [scene runs 33:00 through 36:08]
[The scene begins with Mrs. Ryan, the mother of
four boys serving in the US Armed Forces. An officer and a priest
have come to her home to tell her that three of the four boys have
been killed. Next we move to General Marshall's Office in theWar
GEN. MARSHALL: Goddamn it.
COLONEL: All four of them were in the same company
in the 29th Division but we split them up after the Sullivan brothers
died on the Juneau.
GEN. MARSHALL: Any contact with the fourth son, James?
COLONEL: No, sir. He was dropped about fifteen miles
inland, near Neuville, but that's still deep behind German lines.
STAFFER: Now Mac, there is no way you can know where
in the hell he was dropped. General, first reports out of Ike's
people at Schaef suggest the 101st are scattered all to hell and
gone. There's misdrops all over Normandy. Now, assuming Private
Ryan even survived the jump, he could be anywhere.
In fact, he's probably KIA. And frankly sir, we go
sending some sort of rescue mission flat-hatting throughout the
swarms of German reinforcements all along our axis of advance, there
gonna be KIA too.
GEN. MARSHALL : I have a letter here, written a long
time ago to Ms. Bixby in Boston. So bear with me.
[Reading from a book he took out of a desk drawer].
I have been shown in the files in the war department
a statement from the adjutant General of Massachusetts that you
are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field
I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words
of mine that would attempt to beguile you from the grief of a
loss so overwhelming. But, I cannot refrain from tendering to
you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the republic
they died to save.
I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the
anguish of your bereavement and leave you only the cherished memory
of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours
to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.
Yours very sincerely and respectfully,
That boy's alive. We're going to send someone to find him and we
are going to get him the hell out of there.
ALL: Yes, sir.
FUBAR [scene runs from 42:05 through 45:40]
[This scene introduces Captain Miller and his platoon.
He formerly commanded an entire company, but, as he's been assigned
the task of finding the last of the remaining Ryan brothers, he
has been removed from command of that company. Miller and his seven
men platoon are combing the countryside for the misdropped Ryan.]
MELISH: Do you want your head blown off you fancy
little f***? Don't you ever f****** touch me with those little rat
claws again. Get the f*** back in formation.
UPHAM: Just want to know where you're from. Caparzo,
CAPARZO: Hey, drop dead corporal.
CAPARZO: And another thing. Every time you salute
the captain, you make him a
target for the Germans. So do us a favor. Don't do it. Especially
when I am standing next to him. Capice?
WADE: Hey, Corporal, what's your book about?
UPHAM: Actually, it's supposed to be about the bond
of brotherhood that develops between soldiers during war.
CAPARZO: Brotherhood? [laughter] What do you
know about brotherhood? Get a load of this guy. Why don't you ask
the captain where he's from?
MELLISH: Yeah, ask the captain. He'll tell you everything
you want to know about him.
REIBEN: You mind explaining the math to me? I mean
where's the sense of risking the lives of the eight of us to save
MILLER: Anybody want to answer that?
WADE: Reiben, think of the poor bastard's mother.
REIBEN: Hey, doc, I got a mother all right. I mean,
you got a mother; Sarge has got a mother. I mean, s***, even the
captain's got a mother. Well, maybe not the Captain, but the rest
of us got mothers.
UPHAM: "There's not to reason why, there's but
to do and die."
MELISH: La la la la lalalala. What the f*** is that
supposed to mean, corporal? We're all supposed to die, is that it?
MILLER: He's talking about our duty as soldiers.
UPHAM: Yes sir.
MILLER: We all have orders and have to follow them,
and that supercedes everything, including your mothers.
UPHAM: Yes, sir. Thank you sir.
REIBEN: Even if you think the mission is FUBAR sir?
MILLER: Especially if you think the mission is FUBAR.
UPHAM: What's FUBAR?
MELLISH: Well, it's German. [laughter]
UPHAM: Never heard of that.
JACKSON: Sir, I have an opinion on this matter.
MILLER: By all means, share it with the squad.
JACKSON: Well, for my way of thinking sir, this entire
mission is a serious misallocation of valuable military resources.
MILLER: Yeah, go on.
JACKSON: Well, sir. It seems to me, sir, that God
gave me a special gift, made me a fine instrument of warfare.
MILLER: Reiben, pay attention now, this is the way
JACKSON: What I mean by that is, if you was to put
me with this here sniper rifle anywhere up to and including one
mile from Adolf Hitler, with a clear line of sight, sir, pack your
bags fellows, war's over.
REIBEN: Oh, that's brilliant bumpkin. And what about
you, Captain? You don't gripe at all.
MILLER: I don't gripe to you, Reiben. I'm a captain.
There's a chain of command.
Gripes go up, never down, always up. You gripe to me, I gripe to
my superior officers. So on, so on, and so on. I don't gripe to
you, I don't gripe in front of you. You should know that. You're
REIBEN: I'm sorry, sir. But let's say you weren't
a captain, or maybe I was a major, what would you say then?
MILLER: In that case, I would say this is an excellent
mission, sir, with an extremely valuable objective, worthy of my
best efforts, sir. Moreover, I feel heartfelt sorrow for the mother
of Private James Ryan and I'm more than willing to lay down my life,
and the lives of my men, especially you, Reiben, to ease her suffering.
REIBEN: He's good.
CAPARZO: I love him.
CAPTAIN MILLER AND COMMAND [scene runs from 1:05:22
[Miller and his men get rest in a church. Earlier
in the day they lost one of their men to sniper fire. The soldier
who was killed, Caparzo, was seeking to bring a young French girl
to safety. The effort cost him his life.]
HORVATH: What's with your hand?
MILLER: I don't know. It started in Portsmouth when
they brought us down for embarkation. It comes and goes.
HORVATH: Well, you may have to get yourself a new
line of work. This one doesn't seem to agree with you anymore.
[Captain Miller laughs.]
MILLER: What was the name of that kid at Anzio? The
one that was always walking around on his hands, you know, and he
was singing that song, like the man on the flying trapeze.
MILLER: Yeah, Vecchio. He was a goofy kid.
HORVATH: I remember he used to pee a V on everyone's
jacket for Vecchio. For victory. He was so short. He was a midget,
wasn't he? "How did you get to be a Ranger?" [chuckling]
He got shot in the foot once, didn't he? And he was walking on his
MILLER: Yeah, well, he could walk faster on his hands.
He could run faster on his hands than....Vecchio. Yeah. Caparzo.
You see, when you end up killing one of your men, you tell yourself
it happened so you could save the lives of two, or three, or ten
others. Maybe a hundred others? You know how many men I've lost
under my command?
HORVATH: How many?
MILLER: Ninety-four. But that means I've saved the
lives of 10 times that many, doesn't it? Maybe even 20, right? 20
times as many? And that's how simple it is. That's how you rationalize
making the choice, between the mission and the men.
HORVATH: Except this time, the mission is a man.
MILLER: This Ryan better be worth it. He better go
home and cure some disease or invent a longer-lasting light bulb
or something. Cause the truth is I wouldn't trade ten Ryan's for
one Vecchio or Caparzo.
THE ROAD TO RAMELLE [scenes runs from 1:23:38 through
[When this scene opens, Miller's platoon is making
its way across the French countryside to a town called Ramelle.
Miller has discovered that Private Ryan is at Ramelle, guarding
a bridge over the Merderet river there. Miller knows that the Allied
aim is to take Cherbourg -- the Allies can't push onto Paris until
they take a deep-water port. The German commander Rommel also knows
that, so, Miller reasons "he's going to try to get his armor
across the Merderet river anywhere he can. That way he can hit our
invasion forces in flank when we make the big right turn to Cherborg.
That makes any village on that river with an intact bridge solid
gold real estate." The platoon comes upon a number of dead
HORVATH: What the hell is that?
MILLER: A radar site. It's gotta be out of action.
No it looks like we have something in there. Sandbag bunker, underneath
the station. See that?
HORVATH: My guess too.
REIBEN: What is it?
HORVATH: Machine gun. Probably MG-42
REIBEN: Jesus. Is that what got those guys?
MELLISH: Maybe one of them's our boy.
MILLER: Their patches are 82nd. So your luck's not
REIBEN: I don't know how fast the rest of you Betties
are, but I'm thinking we detour this way quick and quiet, the krauts
will never even know we were here. So, Captain, what I'm trying
to say is maybe we can just go around the thing.
MILLER: I hear what you're saying. But, we can't go
JACKSON: I'm with Reiben on this one, sir. I mean
we left them eighty-eights.
MILLER: For the Air Force. The Air Force isn't going
to spend ordinance on one machine gun.
MELLISH: Uh, Captain. We can still skip it, and accomplish
our mission. I mean this isn't our mission, right, sir?
MILLER: Oh, that's what you want to do, Mellish? You
just want to leave it here so they can ambush the next company that
MELLISH: No sir, that's not what I'm saying. I'm simply
saying, it seems like an unnecessary risk given our objective, sir.
MILLER: Our objective is to win the war.
REIBEN: Sir, I just, uh, I don't have a good feeling
about this one.
MILLER: When was the last time you felt good about
THE CONSEQUENCES [scene runs 1:35:00 through 1:42:40]
[Miller and his soldiers take the machine gun,
and capture a gunner. But, before they do, the German gunner shoots
the medic, Wade, and kills him. The scene opens with Reiben beating
UPHAM: Sir, this is not right, sir.
MILLER: You can help him with the bodies.
UPHAM: What is happening?
[Cut to the German, digging a grave for Wade and
the dead paratroopers. Captain alone with a copy of a letter Wade
made of Caparzo's letter to his father. Wade had copied it because
it got stained with Caparzo's blood when he was shot and killed.
Now the same letter is stained with Wade's blood. Miller is crying.
Upham and the German rest.]
GERMAN: American, I like American.
GERMAN: Steamboat Wille. Toot toot.
UPHAM: Steamboat Wille.
UPHAM: He says he's not finished.
MELLISH: Yeah, that's what you think.
GERMAN: Please, I like American. Fancy shmancy. What
a cinch! Go fly a kite! Cat got your tongue! Cool beans! Betty Boop,
what a dish. Betty Grable, nice gams. I say can you see. I say can
you see. F*** Hitler. F*** Hitler.
UPHAM: Sir, he says he's sorry about Wade. He says
he's sorry about Wade, sir. He surrendered. He surrendered sir!
Captain! Captain, this isn't right. You know this. He's a prisoner.
MILLER: Tell him to march a thousand paces in that
direction and he can take off the blindfold, we'll be gone, and
he turns himself into the first allied patrol he comes across.
REIBEN: You got to be kidding me; we're letting him
MILLER: He's a P.O.W. Reiben. We can't take him with
us. Our guys will pick him up sooner or later.
REIBEN: Only if he doesn't get picked up by his own
Vermarcht first and thrown back into circulation. Captain, you just
let the enemy go.
MELLISH: This is such b*** s***.
JACKSON: You got that right.
UPHAM: B*** s***? This is b*** s***. Shooting a prisoner
is b*** s***, it's against the goddamn rules!
REIBEN: Well, the goddamn rules just walked off with
your new friend. But I guess that was the decent thing to do, huh,
MILLER: Get your gear. Let's go.
HORVATH: You heard 'em gear up. The captain just gave
you an order.
REIBEN: Yeah, like the one he gave to take this machine
gun. That was a real doozy, wasn't it Sarge?
HORVATH: Soldier, you are way out of line.
REIBEN: Yes, sir. That was one hell of a call coming
to take this nest, but, to hell, we only lost one of our guys going
for it. I swear, I hope Mama Ryan's real f****** happy knowing that
little Jimmy's life is a little bit more important than two of our
guys. But then again, we haven't found him yet, have we? Huh?
[Horvath pushes him to the ground]
Get the hell off me!
HORVATH: Reiben, get up. Gear up. Fall in.
REIBEN: I'm done with this mission.
HORVATH: Hey, hey! Don't you walk away from your captain.
Reiben, get back in line.
REIBEN: No sir, I'll spend the rest of my life in
the stockade if I have to, but I'm done with this.
HORVATH: I'm not going to ask you again, soldier.
HORVATH: Fall in.
JACKSON: This is b*** s***.
REIBEN: You going to shoot me over Ryan?
HORVATH: No I'm going to shoot you 'cause I don't
JACKSON: If he wants to go, just let him go!
UPHAM: Are you letting this happen? Captain! You see
MELLISH: Sir, Ryan is dead. Captain, I have a sixth
sense about these things, I know it in my bones.
REIBEN: You won't kill that son of a bitch Kraut and
now you're going to shoot me?
HORVATH: He's better than you.
REIBEN: Then why don't you just do it Sarge. Do it
man, put one in my leg.
HORVATH: I'm going to shoot you in your big *******
REIBEN: Well, put your money where your mouth is and
HORVATH: You don't know when to shut up. You don't
know how to shut up.
UPHAM: Captain, please!
MILLER: What's the pool on me up to?
HORVATH: You are a coward son of a bitch!
REIBEN: I'm waiting Sarge.
MILLER: Mike, what's the pool on me up to right now?
What, what is it up to? What is it, three hundred dollars, Is that
it, three hundred?
I'm a school teacher, I teach English composition
in this little town called Addley Pennsylvania. For the last eleven
years I've been at Thomas Alva Edison High School. I was the coach
of the baseball team in the springtime.
HORVATH: I'll be doggone.
MILLER: Back home, when I tell people what I do for
a living, they think, "Well, that figures." But over here,
it's a big, big mystery.
So I've 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 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. He's just a name. But
going to Ramelle, and finding him, so he can go home, if
that earns me the right to get back to my wife, well then, then,
that's my mission. You want to leave? You want to go off and fight
the war? All right. I won't stop you. I'll even put in the paperwork.
I just know that every man I kill the farther way from home I feel.
[Walks off and drags a body to its grave.]
JAMES FRANCIS RYAN OF IOWA [scene runs from 1:47:30 through 1:51:22]
[At Ramelle, the platoon finds Ryan with a handful
of soldiers, and no real command or weapons. They are hoping for
reinforcements to come and assist them with holding the bridge.]
MILLER: James Francis Ryan of Iowa?
RYAN: Yes sir. Payton, Iowa. That's correct.
MILLER: Your brothers were killed in combat
RYAN: Which ones?
MILLER: All of them.
on ... on the level?
MILLER: Yeah, I'm afraid so. Uh...You want to take
some time with this. Is there someplace you can go?
SOLDIER 1: What's this all about?
SOLDIER 2: Ryan lost his brothers.
SOLDIER 1: Which ones?
SOLDIER 2: All of them.
you came all the way out here to tell
MILLER: Well, you're going home. Our orders are to
bring you back.
RYAN: Bring me back?
MILLER: Corporal Henderson, I don't mean to leave
you even more shorthanded, but orders are orders. Any communication
about when you're going to be relieved up here?
HENDERSON: Sir, there's no way to tell. We have no
idea what's happening south of us.
RYAN: I have my orders too, sir. They don't include
me abandoning my post.
MILLER: I understand that, but this changes things.
RYAN: I don't see that it does, sir.
MILLER: The chief of Staff of the United States Army
says that it does.
HENDERSON: Sir, our orders are to hold this bridge
at all costs. Our planes in the 82nd have taken out every bridge
across the Merderet with the exception of two ... one at Valognes
and this one here. If we let the German's take 'em we loose our
foothold and have to displace.
MILLER: Private, your outfit wants to stay, that's
one thing. Your party's over here.
RYAN: Sir I can't leave until at least reinforcements...
MILLER: You got three minutes to gather your gear.
RYAN: Sir, what about them. There's barely
REIBEN: Hey, a*******! Two of our guys already died
trying to find you, all right?
MILLER: That's right.
RYAN: What were their names.
MELLISH: Irwin Wade and Adrian Caparzo.
RYAN: Wade and
RYAN: It doesn't make any sense. It doesn't make any
sense sir. Why, why do I deserve to go? Why not any of these guys?
They all fought just as hard as me.
MILLER: Is that what they're supposed to tell your mother when they
send her another folded American flag?
RYAN: Tell her that when you found me that I was here.
And, I was with the only brothers that I have left and there was
no way that I was going to desert them. I think she'll understand
that. There's no way I'm leaving this bridge.
STICKY BOMB [scene runs from 1:54:46 through 1:56:05]
[The Captain, after some agonizing, determines
to stay with Ryan at the bridge until reinforcements arrive. Unfortunately,
the Germans arrive first. As the ranking man at the bridge, the
Captain proposes they bottleneck the Germans in front of the bridge
by disabling the first German tank to approach and thus buy time
for the reinforcements to arrive.]
REIBEN: Yeah, well it's not the worst idea ever, Captain,
but it's just that everything depends on getting the tank down this
main road for us to knock out, right? So how the hell do you plan
on doing that?
HORVATH: Reiben's right. As our esteemed colleague
from the airborne pointed out, what we got here are a bunch of spit
wads, so how do we stop the tank if we get it to commit?
MILLER: Give it a rabbit to chase. We could hit the
tank in the tracks.
RYAN: Yeah, but with what?
MILLER: We could try a sticky bomb.
RYAN: Sticky bomb sir?
HENDERSON: Sir, are you making that up.
MILLER: No, it's in the field manual. Check it out
if you want to.
RYAN: Well, we seem to be out of field manuals sir,
perhaps you could enlighten us.
MILLER: Well, you have some demolition don't you,
some TNT or some Composition "B"?
SOLDIER: Yes, that sir is one thing we've got plenty
of. I've got that bridge wired with enough Composition B to blow
MILLER: All right, you can spare some then. You take
a standard issue GI sock, cram it with as much Comp B as it can
hold, rig up a simple fuse, then you coat the whole thing with axle
grease. That way when you throw it, it should stick. It's a bomb
that sticks, it's a sticky bomb. Come up with a better way to knock
the tracks off a tank, I'm all ears.
REIBEN: This is good, now we got to surrender our
UPHAM'S FEAR [scene runs from 2:20:48 through 2:21:30 and 2:24:00
[Upham is outside, too scared to move]
Upham! Upham! Upham - ammo!
[Upham, afraid, cowers against the wall to the
building where Henderson and Mellish are inside.]
[To Henderson] You got any 30 cal?
HENDERSON: I'm out.
[Henderson shoots at the wall. A pool of blood
spills in the doorway. Suddenly a burst of gun fire is returned.
Henderson is hit and is gagging, violently. He dies. A German soldier
enters. It is the same man who Upham persuaded Miller to spare earlier,
the same man who Miller instructed to turn himself in to Allied
troops as a prisoner of war. He attacks Mellish in hand to hand
combat, as both are out of amunition. Upham hears the struggle and
is paralyzed. The German kills Mellish and descends the stairs passing
Upham. They look at each other in recognition. Upham, ashamed, watches
EARN THIS [Scene runs from 2:32:47 through 2:36:55]
[Captain Miller is shot. As he lies on the ground,
he fires his pistol at the tank. It explodes, not from his pistol,
but from aircraft cover. Upham jumps up from his cowering position
in a trench right below a number of German soldiers. He addresses
them in German and they surrender. He shoots the German man who
REIBEN: Hang in there, Captain.
RYAN: They're tank busters, sir. P-51s.
REIBEN: Medic, medic! We got a medic?
MILLER: Angels on our shoulders.
RYAN: What sir?
MILLER: James, earn this. Earn it. [Dies.]
A GOOD MAN [SCENE RUNS 2:38:58 through 2:42:21]
[Scene shifts to Private Ryan as an old man, at
the gravesite of Captain Miller]
RYAN: My family is with me today. They wanted to come
with me. To be honest with you, I wasn't sure how I'd feel coming
back here. Everyday, I think about what you said to me that day
on the bridge. And I've tried to live my life the best I could.
I hope that was enough. I hope that at least in your eyes, I've
earned what all of you have done for me.
WIFE: James. Captain John H. Miller.
RYAN: Tell me I've led a good life.
RYAN: Tell me I'm a good man.
WIFE: You are.
[Ryan salutes tombstone.]