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Sergeant York (1941)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, History | 27 September 1941 (USA)
A marksman is drafted in World War I and ends up becoming one of the most celebrated war heroes.

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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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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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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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27 September 1941 (USA)  »

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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 actual firearm used by Alvin C. York to dispose of a line of seven Germans was not a Luger as depicted in the film, but rather a 1911 .45 ACP automatic. The Luger was preferred for the filmmaking, however, purely on the basis that they couldn't get the .45 to fire blanks. See more »

Goofs

Alvin C. York carried the American version British Enfield rifle into battle, not the US 1903 Springfield that is shown. See more »

Quotes

[Alvin puts a handful of dirt onto a plate at the table and pushes it toward his mother]
Mother York: That there's bottom land soil, ain't it? Queer how the folks on the bottom looks down on the folks on the top. It was always that way. No changin' it!
Alvin: I'm gonna *get* us a piece of bottom land!
Mother York: Your pa set out to get a piece of bottom land once. Nary a man ever tried any harder! Liked to *kill* hisself tryin'!
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Connections

Featured in The 40th Annual Academy Awards (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Sweet Bye and Bye
(1868) (uncredited)
Music by J.P. Webster
Lyrics by S. Fillmore Bennett
Sung by the folks in the church during the rainstorm
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Values Like These Seldom Seen On Film Anymore
28 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Perhaps when this comes out on DVD later in the year (2006), I'll enjoy this as I did when I first saw it on tape. Subsequent VHS viewings were nowhere as appealing at that first look, unfortunately. As most people know, this is the story of World War I hero Alvin York, who went from drunken good-for-nothing to solid Christian man and war hero.

Gary Cooper certainly was a great choice for the role. Few people in his era were better at playing modest, soft-spoken-but-manly heroes like "Coop." When "York" makes no apology for his 100 percent belief in the Bible, no one challenges him because he's earned the respect from all, believers and non- believers. Cooper's status as an actor helps make that all the more "believable." Sgt. York also gives one of the best examples of forgiveness I've ever seen on film.

Another nice feature of this movie is seeing Joan Leslie in the female lead. She was one of the most pretty and wholesome-looking ladies of her day. She's always a treat to see. Walter Brennan also is interesting, as usual, and in here plays a minister, which also was a surprise.

Much of this film was a surprise because I'm just not used to seeing on film things like true forgiveness, the hero citing Scripture, military officers shown in a compassionate light (letting York, with his pacifistic views, decide what he anted to do) etc. What a shame so few films in the last 50 years have had similar values.


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