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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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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
Clem Bevans ...
Zeke
Howard Da Silva ...
Lem (as Howard da Silva)
Charles Trowbridge ...
Cordell Hull
Harvey Stephens ...
Captain Danforth
David Bruce ...
Bert Thomas
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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


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Release Date:

27 September 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Amazing Life of Sergeant York  »

Box Office

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

The producer, Jesse Lasky suggested Jane Russell for the part of "Gracie" and Helen Wood, Linda Hayes and Susan Peters tested for the role; Mary Nash tested for "Mother York," and Pat O'Brien and Ronald Reagan were tested for the role of "Sergeant York." Charles Root was also considered for a role in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Gracie is showing Alvin their new home, she claims it was bought for Alvin by the people of Tennessee. It was, in fact, the Rotary Club of Nashville which provided the home and the surrounding land. The home was also not waiting for York upon his return from Europe as portrayed in the film. The club purchased the property in November 1919, a year after the war ended and after York and Gracie were already married. The couple did not move into the house until Valentine's Day 1922. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Early: [at the target range] Remember, guys, you're usin' real live ammunition! A bullet hasn't got any brains! It'll hit whatever you're aimin' at, so don't start murdering each other!
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Connections

Referenced in Police Story: Wolf (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

La Marseillaise
(1792) (uncredited)
Music by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Played during the French medal ceremony
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Hooray for Gary Cooper.
3 April 2001 | by (Budapest, Hungary) – See all my reviews

The worst war movies were made during the war, but the best ones too. This seems to be a paradoxity but if we think a little bit about this statement we find that this is obvious. If we compare the bad war films with the good ones we find only one difference, but this difference is fundamental: the matter of the actors. And Gary Cooper is a great actor. His personality guarantees the standard high quality all over the movie. He plays a farmer from Tennessee who wants to guarantee a comfortable life for himself and his love (beautiful: Joan Leslie) but the United States declares war to Germany and he has to enlist to the army. The first half of the movie is full of eye-popping black-and-white sceneries and great, laughable characters and situations. I love the character of George York (Alvin York's younger brother, played by Dickie Gibson) the most. That scene is so cool where he finds Alvin at the bar, which is settled on the border of Tennessee and Kentucky, and forces his brother to go home. He has a big gun in his hands for safety sake. These people are simple farmers, they live in peace and harmony, don't care much about the rest of the world (they don't even heard about the World War), they live by the rules of the Bible.

There is a great battle scene at the second half of the movie. Alvin realizes that the war is similar to the turkey hunting, kills lot of German soldiers and becomes a national hero and the most decorated American soldier of the WWI. This film is great because it's lack of unnecessary patriotism and heroism. It's about the duty we have to fulfill because there are situations in life when our personal happiness is less important than the freedom of others. Alvin C. York realizes this and goes to a war against a country which he has never heard of and protects people whom he has never met. That's why he is a great man. And when he fulfilled his duty he goes home to the well-earned peace and comfort. And when Gary Cooper fulfilled his duty and gave a superb performance as Alvin York, he got the well-earned Academy Award for the Best Actor.


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