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Saving Private Ryan, Captain John H. Miller (Tom Hanks)

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Writeup Rating: 73%
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Film: Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Deceased Character: Captain John H. Miller (Tom Hanks)
Archetype: Goody (Major)
Killed with: Mauser K98 rifle



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Written by Mr. Mouseburger 24th Dec 2005

(kindly written by t.s.)
Miller's death is truly heart breaking. In a war torn town Miller rests after a long journey across the French countryside to find Private Ryan [C Company], who having lost all of his brothers is rewarded with a ticket home.

As Miller rests, he knows he must blow a bridge that links two sides of the town together. Failure to do so would mean that Rommel would have a clear route into France for his tanks. The platoon set up explosives on the bridge and waits for the Germans to arrive. As the time goes by, the SS King Tiger tanks roll into the town and a pitched battle erupts.

During the fighting, Miller is forced to fall back to point "Alamo". He arms the dynamite, but is shot through the right hand. To increase the drama, a shell destroys the building behind him and sends the charge flying onto the bridge.

In a daze from the shell, Miller calmly walks onto the bridge to retrieve the detonator. Out the open, Miller drops to the ground when a nameless German soldier fires a shot from his Mauser K98 rifle. The bullet has pierced Miller's right lung, and completely immobilised our hero. He rests next to a motorcycle, with a German tank rolling ominously toward him. He calmly pulls out his Colt .45 and fires at the tank's vision slit. As he fires off his seventh and last bullet, the tank explodes thanks to the timely intervention of the P-51 tank busters flying overhead.

Ryan sits next to Miller as the BAR gunner calls for a medic. Before he dies Miller says, "James, earn this..... Earn this....". Miller's eyes glaze over, and he passes away.



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This review has 23 comments. Reply to the comments
Comment 1 by 'Tom' (reply to this comment)
Miller isn't shot by just any "anonymous German soldier." He's shot by the very guy he let go earlier in the movie!

Never underestimate Spielberg's talent for cheesy irony!
Comment 2 by 'Mihai Denlescu' (reply to this comment)
I thought the german was the guy Corperal Upham let get away after killing Mellish.
Comment 3 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
I think they were the same character. They let the soldier go earlier, he returns, kills Mellish, but doesn't kill Upham, then kills Miller and is then killed by Upham in revenge.
Comment 4 by 'mihai_romania' (reply to this comment)
:wall: it so annoys me when people say this! GRRR!

If you went on the Saving private Ryan encyclopedia you would see a comparison of the two guys, THEY ARE NOT THE SAME PERSON!
Comment 5 by 't.s.' (reply to this comment)
I know he wasn't killed by just anybody, but we don't know the German soldier's name.
Comment 6 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
He's referred to in the credits as Steamboat Willie.
Comment 7 by 'Lacrimosa' (reply to this comment)
LOL. Thanks for the info.
Comment 8 by 'MCTales89' (reply to this comment)
The category "Ironic" should be added to this, as Steamboat Willie (played by a guy named Joerg Stadler, btw) was spared by Miller earlier in the movie.
Comment 9 by 'Bally' (reply to this comment)
Very annoying,were they following the military order of detaining POWs? If that really happened why would they let the German soldier go free,later to wreak havoc? I felt as if I was there.
Comment 10 by 'kkkkkkpkokojnh' (reply to this comment)
dey aint
Comment 11 by 'doug' (reply to this comment)
poo
Comment 12 by 'Brian' (reply to this comment)
We need offscreen killing we don't know who killed him
Comment 13 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
I thought it was obvious a German soldier shot, a specific, credited German soldier.
Comment 14 by 'lala' (reply to this comment)
I know huh? This is so fricking annoying! Why would the released soldier suddenly apprear infront of them while he was walking back in the earlier part?! Go to this site: [www.sproe.com]. Isn't it kinda obvious that it's another person???
Comment 15 by 'Mia' (reply to this comment)
Actually it is the same person, around the end of the movie Steamboat Willie says "Upham." to the Corporal Upham (who he bonded with in the earlier scene) and Upham shoots Willie as a form of revenge and guilt.
Comment 16 by 'Cameron' (reply to this comment)
it is the same soldier "steamboat willie" released earlier in the moive by miller (Hanks) that eventually puts an end to him by a shot from a bolt action kar98k. to the right lung.

what i dont understand is why miller would put himself directly in the enemy line of fire. he has to realize that he, Reiben, and Ryan are the only remaining soldiers and he was more valuable than that. just my thoughts.
Comment 17 by 'professional observer' (reply to this comment)
Guys, let's close the books on this one. Steamboat Willie did not kill Melish and Miller at the end of the movie. It was another soldier who looked similar, but was another character. The latter kraut yelled Upham because he heard Melish repeatedly call for him during their knife fight. Upham was settling a score at the end of the movie - for the second Kraut who killed Upham's comrades.
Comment 18 by 'Flashpenny' (reply to this comment)
Anonymous User Wrote:
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> it is the same soldier "steamboat willie" released
> earlier in the moive by miller (Hanks) that
> eventually puts an end to him by a shot from a
> bolt action kar98k. to the right lung.
>
> what i dont understand is why miller would put
> himself directly in the enemy line of fire. he has
> to realize that he, Reiben, and Ryan are the only
> remaining soldiers and he was more valuable than
> that. just my thoughts.

I think he knew that it was all over and that he just wanted to stop the tanks. Self-sacrifice?
Comment 19 by 'Flashpenny' (reply to this comment)
Anonymous User Wrote:
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> Guys, let's close the books on this one.
> Steamboat Willie did not kill Melish and Miller at
> the end of the movie. It was another soldier who
> looked similar, but was another character. The
> latter kraut yelled Upham because he heard Melish
> repeatedly call for him during their knife fight.
> Upham was settling a score at the end of the movie
> - for the second Kraut who killed Upham's
> comrades.


No it was actually Steamboat Willie that killed Miller (although I don't know about Melish). Right before he dies he says, "Upham, I know you," before Upham shoots him. I don't recall Melish ever yelling Upham's name during the fistfight.
Comment 20 by '...' (reply to this comment)
Steamboat Willie (the one they let go) kills Miller but NOT[u][/u] Mellish.
Comment 21 by 'Time Spectator' (reply to this comment)
Jeorg Stadler
Heer Uniform.
aka Steamboat Willie,captured released by Miller ,shoots Miller.Shot by Upham at the end.
Mac Steinmeier
SS Uniform.
Stabs Mellish. Never seen again.
Ok...
Comment 22 by 'Jimmy.C.C' (reply to this comment)
This is the fakest part of the whole successful film.
There is no way anyone can hold a gun like Tom Hanks did: Hold a .45 pistol (1.1KG +) with right hand straight up after got shot in right upper chest!
The whole right arm would be powerless and way too painful to do such a thing.


Comment 23 by 'MARCODG' (reply to this comment)
I cant beleive how much shit poeple are talking in here...have you ever saw the movie at all???

T.s. i cant fucking beleive that you start a topic on that part of the movie and that you know so little about it...u really are an idiot...

First the ''german that they let go'' after he kills WADE is credited as Steamboat Willie ( for the comment that he makes while digging the hole the first time you see him). Second, the guy who kills Mellish as a SS suite and Steamboat Willie dont, so its NOT the same guy. Third, YES Steamboat Willie is the one that shots Miller in the chest!. Fourth, UPHAM is the one killing Steamboat Willie after he sees him shoot Miller...Steamboat Willie tries to beg for hes life by calling Upham by his name (BECAUSE HE MET HIM BEFORE) but Upham shoots him anyway.

End of the story. please poeple stop talking shit and watch a movie at least 3 times befor commenting on it, this is a masterpiece come on...

thank you have a good night