Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan quotes

80 total quotes (ID: 520)

Captain John H. Miller
Corporal Timothy P. Upham
Gen. George C. Marshall
Multiple Characters
Private Daniel Jackson
Private James Francis Ryan
Sergeant Mike Horvath


What I mean, sir, is if you was to put me with this here sniper rifle anywhere up to and including one mile from Adolf Hitler... with a clean line of sight... well, pack your bags, boys. War's over.


Capt. Miller: Well when I think of home, I... I think of something specific. I think of my, my hammock in the backyard or my wife pruning the rosebushes in a pair of my old work gloves.
Pvt. Ryan: This, this one night, two of my brothers came and woke me up in the middle of the night. And they said they had a surprise for me. So they took me to the barn up in the loft and there was my oldest brother, Dan, with Alice, Alice Jardine. I mean, picture a girl who just took a nosedive from the ugly tree and hit every branch coming down. And... and Dan's got his shirt off and he's working on this bra and he's tryin to get it off and all of a sudden, Sean just screams out, “Danny, you're a young man! Don't do it!” And so Alice Jardine hears this and she screams and she jumps up and she tries to get running out of the barn but she's still got this shirt over her head. She goes running right into the wall and knocks herself out. So now Dan's just so mad at us. He, he starts coming after us, but... but at the same time Alice is over there unconscious. He's gotta wa... , wake her up. So he grabs her by a leg and he's drag, dragging her. At the same time he picks up a shovel. And he's going after Sean, and Sean's saying, “What are you trying to hit me for? I just did you a favor!” And so this makes Dan more angry. He tries to swing this thing, he looses the shovel, goes outta his grasp and hits a kerosene lantern. The thing explodes, the whole barn almost goes up because of this thing. That was it. That was the last, that was, Dan went off to basic the next day. That was the last night the four of us were together. That was two years ago. Tell me about your wife and those rosebushes?
Capt. Miller: No, no that one I save just for me.

Capt. Miller: I don't gripe to you. I don't gripe in front of you. You should know that.
Pvt. Reiben: Sorry, sir, but let's say you weren't a Captain, or maybe I was a Major. What would you say then?
Capt. Miller: In that case, 'd say this is an excellent mission, sir, with an extremely valuable objective, sir. Worthy of my best efforts, sir. Moreover, I feel heartfelt sorrow for the mother of Private James Ryan and am willing to lay down the lives of me and my men--especially you, Reiben--to ease her suffering.

Port sidestick, starboard side stick. Move fast and clear those murder holes.

I don't know. Part of me thinks the kid's right. He asks what he's done to deserve this. He wants to stay here, fine. Let's leave him and go home. But then another part of me thinks, what if by some miracle we stay, then actually make it out of here. Someday we might look back on this and decide that saving Private Ryan was the one decent thing we were able to pull out of this whole godawful, shitty mess. Like you said, Captain, maybe we do that, we all earn the right to go home.

We're in business, defilade! Other side of the hole! ( defilade- a dead zone, usually a depression in the earth, which minimizes or prevents line of sight/direct fire from enemy fire. )

Sgt. Horvath: Stars.
Lt. DeWindt: Yeah, Brigadier General Amend, deputy commander, 101st. Some ****ing genius had the great idea of welding a couple of steel plates onto our deck to keep the general safe from ground fire. Unfortunately, they forgot to tell me about it until we were just getting airborne. Well, that's like trying to fly a freight train. OK? Gross overload. Trim characteristics all shot to hell. I nearly broke both my arms trying to keep her level. And when- and when we released, you know I cut as hard as I could, tried to gain some altitude and still keep her from stalling. We came down like a ****ing meteor. And that is how we ended up. And the others, they stopped easy enough OK, though, you know? We were just-we were just too damn heavy, you know? The grass was wet, downward slope and all. 22 guys dead.
Capt. Miller: All that for a general?
Lt. DeWindt: One man.
Pvt. Reiben: Lot of that going around.

German POW/Steamboat Willie: [to Upham after being offered a cigarette] American? I like America. Steamboat Willie, toot toot!

Pvt. Reiben: What's that saying? "If God's with us, who the hell's on their side"?

(When asked to protect Upham) I'll wear him like underwear, Captain.

Corporal Henderson: Parker, job opportunity!

Well, sir, seems to me, God gave me a special gift, fashioned in me a fine instrument of warfare.

Corporal Henderson: [to Mellish, referring to the gum he's chewing] Got anymore of that stuff?

Seems to me, Cap'n, this mission is a serious misallocation of valuable military resources.

[last lines] Parker get out