The True Story of Saving Private Ryan
The Real Story (Smithsonian Channel - Sunday, 9pm) - Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan is one of the greatest war films ever made, capturing the sheer horror and brutality of combat.
The film is famous for its realism, but how much of this epic drama is truly accurate?
Was there a real Private Ryan? Uncover the real story behind this Hollywood blockbuster as we conduct tests with weapons experts and gain insights from war historians. Then hear the moving testimony of soldiers who landed at Normandy and meet the families whose tragic stories inspired the film.