I don't recall the shooting of prisoners being glorified in the film.
Two scenes in particular comes to mind. As the Americans make it off of Omaha beach, a number of Germans come out with their hands raised, saying "I surrender," and the Americans happily shoot them. Then one American soldier says to another something to the effect of "oh well, good thing I don't speak German."
Then of course, the prisoner that is executed at the end of the film. Executed by the only protagonist who at any time during the film voices dissent to the idea of killing prisoners.
This isn't just "bad things happen in war." The writers and the director of the film chose to use the only character who ever voiced a moral objection to killing prisoners of war, to kill a prisoner of war. This communicates to the viewer that not only is this particular killing of a prisoner justified, but when it came to the "nazis," no prisoner could be trusted and thus the characters original moral objection was misplaced.
In any case, very few "in the movie theatre" experiences sit with me for years; however, one that does was Saving Private Ryan. I'm an American, so I saw the film on release in an American theatre and with an American audience--with my grandfather no less, who was actually at Omaha beach. I will never forget the sick feeling I felt when people in the theatre were actually cheering during both of those things.
So, forget my analysis even. If a scene of Americans killing prisoners of war literally inspired Americans to cheer in a movie theatre, I feel pretty okay saying that the scene in question glorified the murder of POWs.
a) If people actually cheer that in the cinemas it says more about society and the neanderthals being dragged up than anything else. Morons.
b) Those things happened. If they are not shown - we end up with 1960's style films where the goodies where white hats and the baddies wear black hats. I don't see it as glorification. It happened and people make up their own mind as to the rights and wrongs.
My uncle met the SS on Hill 112 in Normandy. He and his mates were told that they were facing SS troops. "There will be no prisoners today lads". It happened, its unpleasant, its not the Marquess of Queensbury rules, but it is perhaps understandable given the fate of British troops at Le Paradis and Wormhoudt.
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