My local ABC affiliate was one of 20 that refused to air Saving Private Ryan last night, deeming it likely to lead to FCC fines because it was beginning during the "family hour". We had Hoosiers instead: a fine flick indeed, but not Armistice Day fare.
The opening 20+ minutes of Ryan is indeed intense, graphic, bloody and violent. It is also perhaps the best depiction of one of the greatest days in our nation's history. It is not gratuitous. It should have aired here.