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Sergeant York (1941)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, History | 27 September 1941 (USA)
A hillbilly sharpshooter drafted in WW1 despite his claim to be a pacifist, who ends up becoming a war hero.

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Stanley Ridges ...
Major Buxton
Margaret Wycherly ...
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Ike Botkin
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Buck Lipscomb
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Rosie York
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George York
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Zeke
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Lem (as Howard da Silva)
Charles Trowbridge ...
Cordell Hull
Harvey Stephens ...
Captain Danforth
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Bert Thomas
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A hillbilly sharpshooter becomes one of the most celebrated American heroes of WWI when he single-handedly attacks and captures a German position using the same strategy as in turkey shoot. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Missiles! Jets! Tanks! ...It's Still The Guy With Guts And A Gun Who Wins The War! See more »


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27 September 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Amazing Life of Sergeant York  »

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Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$16,400,000 (USA)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alvin C. York thought he should be portrayed on the screen by Gary Cooper. Samuel Goldwyn, who had Cooper under contract, wouldn't release him. Henry Fonda, James Stewart and even Ronald Reagan were considered. Goldwyn finally gave in when Warners agreed to lend him Bette Davis for The Little Foxes (1941). See more »

Goofs

At 6.10am York and company leave the trenches to attack the German positions. Their shadows however indicate the sun is directly overhead. See more »

Quotes

Drummer: [remarking on the area's isolation] What I'd like to know is, how do you fellows get into this valley?
Zeke: We was born here!
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Referenced in Wayne's World (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Give Me That Old Time Religion
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Traditional American spiritual
Played occasionally throughout the picture
Sung by the folks in the church during the rainstorm
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Values Like These Seldom Seen On Film Anymore
28 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Perhaps when this comes out on DVD later in the year (2006), I'll enjoy this as I did when I first saw it on tape. Subsequent VHS viewings were nowhere as appealing at that first look, unfortunately. As most people know, this is the story of World War I hero Alvin York, who went from drunken good-for-nothing to solid Christian man and war hero.

Gary Cooper certainly was a great choice for the role. Few people in his era were better at playing modest, soft-spoken-but-manly heroes like "Coop." When "York" makes no apology for his 100 percent belief in the Bible, no one challenges him because he's earned the respect from all, believers and non- believers. Cooper's status as an actor helps make that all the more "believable." Sgt. York also gives one of the best examples of forgiveness I've ever seen on film.

Another nice feature of this movie is seeing Joan Leslie in the female lead. She was one of the most pretty and wholesome-looking ladies of her day. She's always a treat to see. Walter Brennan also is interesting, as usual, and in here plays a minister, which also was a surprise.

Much of this film was a surprise because I'm just not used to seeing on film things like true forgiveness, the hero citing Scripture, military officers shown in a compassionate light (letting York, with his pacifistic views, decide what he anted to do) etc. What a shame so few films in the last 50 years have had similar values.


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