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ABC to Air ‘Ryan’ Uncut, Uncensored

November 8, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ ABC’s broadcast television premiere of ``Saving Private Ryan″ on Sunday will include an uncut, uncensored version of the film’s horrific opening D-Day scene.

The network said it would air strict viewer advisories before the movie, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. EST. The brutal opening scene depicts soldiers being attacked as they land on the beach at Normandy.

``We realize we are asking our audience, especially parents, to make a viewing decision that requires a great deal of thought and debate,″ said Stu Bloomberg, ABC entertainment co-chairman.

``With this film, (director Steven) Spielberg was committed to showing the true horrors of war alongside its moments of victory and heroism,″ he said. ``With this telecast, we are committed to that same goal.″

Tom Hanks stars in the movie about a rescue mission to retrieve the sole survivor among four brothers fighting in World War II.

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