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The lives of a close-knit group of brothers growing up in Iowa during the days of the Great Depression and of World War II and their eventual deaths in action in the Pacific theater are ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Katherine Mary Sullivan
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Mr. Thomas F. Sullivan
Selena Royle ...
Mrs. Alleta Sullivan
Edward Ryan ...
Albert Leo 'Al' Sullivan
Trudy Marshall ...
Genevieve 'Gen' Sullivan
John Campbell ...
Francis Henry 'Frank' Sullivan
James Cardwell ...
George Thomas Sullivan
John Alvin ...
Madison Abel 'Matt' Sullivan
George Offerman Jr. ...
Joesph Eugene 'Joe' Sullivan
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Father Francis
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Lt. Cmdr. Robinson
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Storyline

The lives of a close-knit group of brothers growing up in Iowa during the days of the Great Depression and of World War II and their eventual deaths in action in the Pacific theater are chronicled in this film based on a true story. Written by JD-2

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The Guts and Glory of the Fighting Navy!!


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Release Date:

3 February 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Fighting Sullivans  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(archive footage)|

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Steven Spielberg has stated that both the story of the Niland brothers and the Sullivans brothers acted as his inspiration for making Saving Private Ryan (1998). See more »

Goofs

When confronting Lt. Cmdr. Robinson for the first time, both George and Frank are calling him Admiral and showing no respect for him. This would go against their training, as both had served previously in the Navy and had been recently discharged prior to Pearl Harbor (May 1941). See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Alleta Sullivan: [Last lines] Tom, our boys are afloat again.
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Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #8.11 (1957) See more »

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Greensleeves
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Played during the opening credits and occasionally throughout the picture
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Every Irishman Sees Red Once in a While
21 June 2003 | by (Culver City, California) – See all my reviews

THE FIGHTING SULLIVANS, as it was known by the time I saw it, is a fantastic WW2 era film. It's more Americana than War film, but it's a truly engrossing story about the loyalty of family and the tragedy of sacrifice. The video box calls it a "story of the fighting navy!" That's not really true, half of the story takes place when the Sullivan brothers are boys, and the sinking of the Juneau is only a five minute scene at the end of the film. They're only in the navy for a few minutes of screen time. The relationships between the brothers and their distinct personalities is what makes this film stand out, and no person with a heart beating in his chest can sit dry eyed through the ending when the father goes to work as usual, even after hearing some devastating news. This film pushes all the right buttons and is a wonderful example of just how strongly a film can manipulate your emotions. I can't watch it without getting a lump in the old throat.


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