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The Sullivans (1944)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  3 February 1944 (USA)
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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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Selena Royle ...
Mrs. Alleta Sullivan
Edward Ryan ...
Albert Leo 'Al' Sullivan
Trudy Marshall ...
Genevieve 'Gen' Sullivan
John Campbell ...
Francis Henry 'Frank' Sullivan
James Cardwell ...
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!! See more »


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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

This movie features the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. Guadalcanal is situated in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean, north-east of Australia. Its local name is Isatabu and contains the country's capital, Honiara. The island is humid and mostly made up of jungle with a surface area of 2,047 square miles or 5,302 km². It was named after Pedro De Ortega's home town Guadalcanal in Andalusia, Spain. De Ortega worked under Álvaro De Mendaña who charted the island in 1568. See more »

Goofs

In the first scene of the brothers as little boys they race from home to the railroad to see their father pull away on the train, and the last fence they have to climb over to reach the rail yard is shown first as a wooden-framed wire fence which the oldest four brothers climb over, but in the next cut to the fence, showing the youngest brother Al climbing over, the fence is missing it's wood frame and is instead an all-wire fence. See more »

Quotes

Naval Officer at Boat Launching: Today, as we launch the destroyer, U.S.S. The Sullivans, the parents of the five Sullivan boys are here to share in the tribute to their sons, even as they shared their fighting spirit. As this ship slides down the ways, it carries with it a special armor all its own: The flaming and undaunted spirit that is the heritage of its name. The five Sullivan boys are gone; the U.S.S. The Sullivans carries on. May God bless and protect this ship. May her destiny be as glorious as the name she bears.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

You'll Never Know
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played at the dance and often throughout the picture
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Memory Lane
9 March 1999 | by (Fremont, California) – See all my reviews

I lived in Waterloo, Iowa from 1968-73. In that time I drove by the Sullivan home in the North End of Waterloo. Each time I drove by it brought back the scenes depicted in the movie of Waterloo. It also brought back the pain with the Sullivan loss. I had a strange affinity for the area as if every time I drove by I was living the story all over again and with the Sullivans. To this day, the pain of their loss and the infrequent trips back to Waterloo confirm in my heart the deep, deep gratitude I have for the ultimate sacrifice of the five brothers.


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