LORELAI: It [talking to Emily] would be like the first fifteen minutes of Saving Private Ryan but at least those guys got to be in France.
Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 war film directed by Steven Spielberg. Tom Hanks stars as the movie’s hero, while Matt Damon is in the title role. It is notable for its early scenes of the Normandy landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day, which were critically acclaimed for their violently realistic portrayal of World War II battles. In fact, they were so realistic that they triggered PTSD in some returned veterans, and a helpline had to be set up to counsel them.
Saving Private Ryan was the #2 film of 1998, and the top-grossing US film of the year world wide. Receiving widespread critical acclaim, it won five Academy Awards, including a Best Director for Spielberg. It is regarded as one of the best war films of all time, and helped bring about a resurgence of interest in World War II.