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The Fighting Sullivans

  • Drama
  • History
  • 1944
  • Lloyd Bacon
  • 107 mins
  • U

Summary

The lives of a close-knit group of brothers growing up in Iowa during the days of the Great Depression.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Unbearably moving (because you know the outcome) true story of the five brothers of a single family who enlisted, fought, and died together in the Second World War (the American Navy consequently banned all family members from serving on the same ship). It makes you wonder if Steven Spielberg was aware of it when he made Saving Private Ryan. Here a superb cast does full justice to the tragedy of the brothers from Iowa, whose ship was sunk at Guadalcanal. Although the Sullivans themselves are played by virtual unknowns, exceptionally fine acting is provided by top-billed Anne Baxter as the wife of Al Sullivan, the last to enlist, and in particular by Thomas Mitchell and Selena Royle as the boys' parents.

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Credits

Cast

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Katherine MaryAnne Baxter
Thomas F SullivanThomas Mitchell
Alleta SullivanSelena Royle
Albert Leo SullivanEdward Ryan
Genevieve "Gen" SullivanTrudy Marshall
Francis Henry SullivanJohn Campbell
George Thomas SullivanJames Cardwell
Madison "Matt" Abel SullivanJohn Alvin
Joseph Eugene SullivanGeorge Offerman Jr
Father FrancisRoy Roberts
Commander RobinsonWard Bond
Al as a childBobby Driscoll

Crew

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DirectorLloyd Bacon

Details

Theatrical distributor
New Realm Entertainments
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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