In college I worked at WOI Radio. For those of you who don't know, that's the public radio station in Ames. It has nothing to do with WOI TV--or it least it hasn't ever since the university sold the TV station years and years ago.
One Sunday night while working alone at the station, I received a call from an old man complaining that the show we were running was inaccurate. He said there were five brothers--not four, their name was Sullivan, and they were from Iowa.
We were airing classical music at the time, so I had no idea what the old guy was talking about. After a few minutes of trying to get more information from him, I finally just apologized for our "mistake" and said I would pass his concerns on to our management (which I did, BTW, even though I had no clue what he was talking about at the time).
I finally realized later that night that ABC had been airing Saving Private Ryan. WOI TV is the local ABC affiliate. So this old man thought...
1) He was calling WOI TV when he was actually calling WOI Radio
2) WOI TV was responsible for the content of the movie
3) The movie was about the Sullivan Brothers
I kind of felt sorry for the guy. He was obviously mega-confused. :confused:
I liked the opening bit. Liked, as in thought they correctly portrayed, on film the condition known as "tachypsyche" If you don't know what it is, Google it. I liked the fact they tried to capture the "feel" of combat.
But I don't think it was that good a movie, overall. Especially in comparison with "Band of Brothers". Kind of like "Platoon" was once considered to be a good movie about Vietnam. Just a few too many stereotypes, all rolled into one small unit, in one movie.
Now, I could sing the praises of "Band of Brothers" until the cows come home. And in case you wonder, "Band of Brothers" comes from the Henry V's speech in the Shakespearean play.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
My favorite story as a kid.
Band of Brothers is the greatest series ever
I saw this with my grandpa (WWII Vet. R.I.P.) in theaters when it came out, graphic for a younger kid like myself, but I was more struck by the kind of impact it had on him. Id never seen him cry before that day.
I read a great interview of Steven Spielberg once right after that movie came out. What I found really interesting was Spielbergs inspiration for beginning scence and the storming of the beaches of France.
He said that his inspiration for was the street fight scene in Big Trouble in Little China that took place in the back alleys of San Francisco between the Chang Sings and the evil Wing Kongs. He talked in the interview how that scene really showed him what a true war would be like, and man I agree.
Watching both movies nowadays, however, I don't think Spielberg's version in Saving Private Ryan really compares to the street fight in BTILC. It was close, but does not capture the true essance of the original.