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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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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

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

Gary Cooper's acceptance speech typified so many of the actor's performances when he said "It was Sergeant Alvin C. York who won this award; Shucks, I've been in this business sixteen years and sometimes dreamed I might get one of these things. That's all I can say! Funny, when I was dreaming, I always made a good speech." As he left the stage, he forgot the Oscar on the podium. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Give Me That Old Time Religion
(uncredited)
Traditional American spiritual
Played occasionally throughout the picture
Sung by the folks in the church during the rainstorm
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I love this movie!
22 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love this movie! It is a heartwarming story of a man coming to terms with entering a war right after he receives his new found pacifist ideas. It also shows how a mother's love is everlasting no matter how her child acts. We were required to watch this movie in a history class, and I admit I thought it was going to be dumb. I ended up being drawn into the story, so I recommended it to my family. I watch this movie any time I get a chance. My entire family ends up walking around using their backwood mountain accent for days after we watch the movie. If I could find it on DVD or video, I would definitely purchase this film.


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