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
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The highest grossing film of 1941. Adjusted for inflation, it still remains one of the highest grossing films of all time. See more »
When York confronts Mr. Tompkins after the lightning episode, Tompkins, thinking York will be physical with him picks up a large wrench with his right hand and raises it to his right shoulder (perpendicular to the ground) . In the next camera angle showing both York & Tompkins, the wrench is now lowered, parallel to the ground and again raises it to his right shoulder/perpendicular to the ground. See more »
What we done in France, we had to do. And some as done it, didn't come back, and that kind of thing ain't for buying and selling.
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A classic and moving war film, even for propaganda
This is one of my all-time favorite films. I've seen it dozens of times and probably many more. The moving and deep drama of the Ozark hillbilly working himself to death to obtain some 'bottom land' is heavy and compelling drama in itself, so much so that one tends to wonder when the war will become an issue. But it does and again, it fills the heart and mind with pathos and suspense. Sergeant York was released during WWII, as an obvious war-bond pusher and patriotism builder, and it is no wonder that is was wildly successful. The war scenes and Cooper's acting are set into a realistic and colorful environment of battle and personal conflict. When York's "You done gimme command" line erupts from the speakers, the viewer is on the edge of his seat, already entranced by the personal heroism of this quiet man. What York did in the war, capturing 132 Germans was real, and the film's portrayal is right on the money, even to the extent, I believe, of filming it on the actual site, but I'm not willing to swear to it. It's the kind of film that makes one proud to be an American and that was its goal. Cooper is entirely believable, although the real Alvin York was hardly as good-looking. It's easy to fall in love with the ever-pretty Joan Leslie, a gem of a woman, as well as the simple and practical Margaret Wycherly as Ma York. Don't you get the idea that she and Pastor Pile have a thing going? Just an irreverent thought.
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