It’s one of the most iconic World War II movies ever made, bringing a visceral realism which has influenced the war movie genre ever since.
From the moving, humanizing portrayals to the famously intense battle sequences, Saving Private Ryan is a film which stays with you for a lifetime and is well worth a rewatch.
Saving Private Ryan is particularly renowned for its graphic and historically accurate depiction of the Normandy landings, commonly referred to as D-Day.
Now the 1998 Steven Spielberg classic will be shown at 600 cinemas nationwide this June to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
Fathom Events will be bringing the film to cinemas for two days only on June 2 and 5, with screenings taking place at 3:00pm and 7:00pm.
On June 23 and 25, Fathom Events will also be bringing back another Tom Hanks classic, Forrest Gump, marking the 25th anniversary of the beloved tearjerker.
Fathom Events Vice President of Studio Relations, Tom Lucas, made the following statement regarding the screenings, Movieweb reports:
These two films not only demonstrate why Tom Hanks is one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood history, they are both among the most acclaimed and most popular movies of the 1990s.
On the big screen, both Saving Private Ryan and Forrest Gump are incredible experiences and strengthen our robust line-up of classic film presentations for the year.
Scooping five Academy Awards and two Golden Globes, Saving Private Ryan has since stood the test of time as a truly outstanding epic war drama.
Hailed by many as having encouraged a greater appreciation for history among younger viewers, Saving Private Ryan quite rightly entered into the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress in 2014.
In 2018, Tom Hanks spoke with Empire about the effect the devastating Omaha Beach scene has on viewers:
You don’t have a choice of what to be horrified by.
It’s this gestalt wave of horrible, horrible human experience riding over you and by the time it’s over you have a degree of numbness that is, I think, the point of the movie. The overall effect of the movie as a whole is getting over this life-altering 24 minutes that nobody should be able to get over.
I am 30 minutes into Saving Private Ryan….. and I’m crying.
— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) April 25, 2019
I once heard someone say that Spielberg got everything right about the D-Day landing in Saving Private Ryan except for the smell.
— Todd Hawes (@hawesybear) April 24, 2019
If you have yet to tick this movie off your ‘must watch’ list, then this is the ideal opportunity to immerse yourself in one of the most powerful cinematic experiences of all time.
You can purchase tickets for Saving Private Ryan and Forrest Gump from the Fathom Events website or at participating theater box offices.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.