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Afterthoughts

Warning to those planning to see the Spielberg movie "Saving Private Ryan." Wear a helmet and sit at least 15 rows back from the screen if you don't want to be splattered with blood.

- The movie is THAT realistic. When I saw it, two guys were running back toward the popcorn stand yelling, "Medic!"- I'm wondering what the movie will do to enlistments. In World War II, young men joined the army after watching John Wayne wipe out an entire Japanese regiment with a grenade that sounded like a champagne cork.

- Before quadraphonic sound and special effects, the government depended on propaganda films that ruled out arterial bleeding - and a champagne cork wound was a ticket home.

- Now, at last, non-veterans can know the stark reality about World War II: It lasted three hours at a theater near you.