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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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Cast

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Major Buxton
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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)
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Cordell Hull
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Captain Danforth
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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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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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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The scene where Alvin becomes converted because of the bolt of lightning was an invention of the screenwriters. In reality Alvin C. York was converted from his hard-drinking, roustabout ways to a Sunday-school teacher by his wife, and it was a longer and less dramatic process, unsuitable for a film depiction. See more »

Goofs

A guide wire is visible that is connected to a tree stump in the scene where the stump is being removed by a horse. The guide wire is visible behind the stump as the stump pulls free from the ground. See more »

Quotes

Rosie York: Ma, what're they fighin' for over there?
Mother York: Don't rightly know, Child. Don't rightly know.
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Connections

Referenced in Cajun Pawn Stars: Ice Chip Off the Old Block (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
(1860) (uncredited)
Music by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Played as the soldiers return to America
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Excellent performance by Cooper
10 November 2001 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

Gary Cooper turned in an incredible performance in this movie. Although I've been familiar with his name for as long as I can remember, I was a little unsure as to why he was so highly regarded as an actor. Now I know. Just watch his face throughout this movie - he's incredibly expressive in communicating York's confusion and emotions during the changes he goes through.

That said, it's somewhat unfortunate that the movie simplified York's life (eg. in reality, he was stuck with a hefty mortgage on that nice house). The lightning-bolt incident didn't happen, either. But these are minor complaints, as the movie stays true to the key events of York's amazing story.


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