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The Fighting Sullivans (1944)
"The Sullivans" (original title)

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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

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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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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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3 February 1944 (USA)  »

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The Fighting Sullivans  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In real life two of the brothers, Frank and George, had actually served in the US Navy prior to the five brothers enlisting but this story element is not represented in the film. 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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Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
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Motivational film for war time America.
28 May 1999 | by (Auburn, Me) – See all my reviews

This film was made during WWII when the outcome was still uncertain. It served as a strong motivational film for the American theater going crowd much like "Guadalcanal Diary" and Wake Island" to name just two. Most of the picture concerns the brothers growing up and their strong bond with each other. The actual story of them serving in the Navy is very small in relation to the rest of the movie. The spirit of the five brothers is still alive today as the Navy recently named yet another ship after them i.e. USS The Sullivans DDG 68. The story would still make for a fine remake using 90's style film making and with the right director be up there with "Saving Private Ryan". Check this film out and look for a small role by the great character actor Ward Bond whose presence in films always makes a difference.




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