Sergeant York (1941)

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A hillbilly sharpshooter drafted in WW1 despite his claim to be a pacifist, who ends up becoming a war hero.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanley Ridges ...
Major Buxton
Margaret Wycherly ...
Ike Botkin
Buck Lipscomb
Rosie York
George York
Howard Da Silva ...
Lem (as Howard da Silva)
Charles Trowbridge ...
Cordell Hull
Harvey Stephens ...
Captain Danforth
Bert Thomas


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 <>

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America's Greatest Modern Hero! Timelier today than ever . . thrilling and inspiring story of the kind of men that America is made of! See more »


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Release Date:

27 September 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Amazing Life of Sergeant York  »

Box Office


$1,400,000 (estimated)


$16,400,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gary Cooper was initially reluctant about playing a seemingly too-good-to-be-true character. It was only after he met the real Sergeant Alvin C. York that he reconsidered. See more »


Although York is shown as clean-shaven throughout the film, the real Alvin C. York grew a mustache while in the Army and kept it the rest of his life. See more »


Alvin: Well I'm as much agin' killin' as ever, sir. But it was this way, Colonel. When I started out, I felt just like you said, but when I hear them machine guns a-goin', and all them fellas are droppin' around me... I figured them guns was killin' hundreds, maybe thousands, and there weren't nothin' anybody could do, but to stop them guns. And that's what I done.
Maj. Buxton: Do you mean to tell me that you did it to save lives?
Alvin: Yes sir, that was why.
Maj. Buxton: [amazed] Well, York, what you've just told me is the most ...
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Give Me That Old Time Religion
Traditional American spiritual
Played occasionally throughout the picture
Sung by the folks in the church during the rainstorm
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A classic and moving war film, even for propaganda
6 August 2002 | by (San Diego CA) – See all my reviews

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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