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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Because of the 1941 draft, the filmmakers had difficulty finding enough young male actors to play the soldiers and were forced to hire students from local universities. See more »
Alvin York's sidearm in the film was a blank-firing Luger P-08. The real Alvin C. York carried and used a Colt M1911, but the prop men at Warner Brothers could not figure out how to make this pistol fire blanks without manual cycling of the slide. See more »
My Country 'tis of Thee
Music from "God Save the King"
Played over the opening credits and occasionally throughout the picture
Also played at the British medal ceremony See more »
Heartfelt, involving saga of Tennessee's WWI hero Sgt. York. The first half of the story, almost a movie in itself, shows York in his native valley as he tries to get a nice plot of "bottom land", finds God, and learns that killing is wrong. In the second, York trains to become a soldier and decides that it's OK to die, or even kill, to preserve his freedom. Cooper carries the film's weight with conviction, painting the figure of a likeable, naive but intelligent, American hero. Hawks weaves the story's many threads together believably and with good humor.
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