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Posted on June 8, 2019 By Ali Commented by 0 Under Articles, Saving Private Ryan

July 24th marks the 21st anniversary of the release of Saving Private Ryan. NBC News spoke with Tom & Steven about the legacy that is this great film.

Saving Private Ryan remains as one of the most successful and culturally relevant war films of all time

21 years after Saving Private Ryan stormed into theaters, depicting the crucial Allied victory on D-Day, two of the biggest names in Hollywood are reflecting on the legacy of their award-winning war film.

Tom Hanks, who played Captain Miller, and director Steven Spielberg discussed with NBC News how their classic changed the way Americans would remember World War II, and the horrific violence that came with it.

“If we pulled this off in the right way — and it stood the test of time — this was going to stand in, in some small way, for what those kids experienced at 6:30 in the morning on June 6, 1944,” Spielberg, 72, told NBC News.

Saving Private Ryan became an instant box office success when it debuted on July 24, 1998, grossing $216.8 million domestically, making it the highest-grossing film of 1998 in the U.S.

The goal for Spielberg, who won the Academy Award for Best Director, was to make viewers feel as immersed in D-Day as possible, as Hanks, 62, goes on to explain.

“What Steven wanted to do from the get-go was to use all of his magic, and all of the tools that existed in cinema as of 1997, and make a war movie that was going to break every one of the tropes, visually and cinematically, that all war movies had,” Hanks said.

The process to create such an iconic movie, however, was not an easy one.

“We took every inch of that beach — as filmmakers, not as war veterans,” Spielberg said. “It took us 25 days of shooting to capture 25 minutes of those landings.”

“The legend of it now is that we were out in the freezing cold woods for, you know, weeks and weeks,” he added. “I think it was really only five days. When a fake ambush happens at 3 in the morning, and gets you up out of your tent, your adrenaline gets pumping.”

To date, the film remains as one of the most historically relevant war films, and in 2014, was selected for preservation in National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, joining iconic films like Star Wars, Brokeback Mountain, and Goodfellas.

But 21 years later, the legacy of the men who sacrificed their lives on that fateful 1944 day for the betterment of the world is what matters most to Hanks and Spielberg.

“If we ever forget that it was a bunch of individuals that went over, and they all had names like Ernie, and Buck and Robert — that’s when we’ve done a bad job of being citizens of the world, I think,” Hanks said.


Posted on June 6, 2019 By Ali Commented by 0 Under Images, Toy Story 4

New images have been released in anticipation of Tom’s new film Toy Story 4. I have added these images to the gallery for you to enjoy!

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Posted on June 6, 2019 By Ali Commented by 0 Under Toy Story 4, Videos

On the road of life there are old friends, new friends, and stories that change you.

Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.

June 21st can’t come soon enough!

Posted on June 6, 2019 By Ali Commented by 0 Under Site

I am so excited to share with you this special birthday present to myself. I have been a fan of Tom Hanks since the 1980s. He is a beloved actor, producer, and humanitarian known for his acting roles in such films as Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, Sleepless in Seattle, Apollo 13and A League of Their Own. This site is a small tribute to a great person. This site is still a major work in progress but I am excited to help it grow and share my love of Tom with you!

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