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The Sullivans (1944)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, History | 3 February 1944 (USA)
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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Mrs. Alleta Sullivan
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Genevieve 'Gen' Sullivan
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Madison Abel 'Matt' Sullivan
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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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3 February 1944 (USA)  »

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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

Reflection of crew member visible in mirror in parlor when mother is calling adult sons for breakfast. First scene in which sons are grown up. See more »

Quotes

Father Francis: [First lines] George Thomas Sullivan, I baptize thee in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.
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Soundtracks

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1st Movement, Allegro)
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Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Heroic and Touching
24 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The USS Sullivans is now anchored in a Naval Park in Buffalo, NY. This destroyer was named in honor of the Sullivan Brothers who all lost their life during the battle of Guadalcanal in 1942. After Pearl Harbor they all enlisted in the Navy with the condition of not being separated. While serving on the USS Juno they perished together. Shipmates reported that three of the brothers, when out of harms way, returned to the burning ship for their brothers when it went under. When news of this tragic loss was learned, the government instituted the rule that stands today, no brothers will serve in the same combat theatre. This was due to the Sullivans.

I saw this movie one night with my mother on late night TV in 1981. Let me tell you, the very memory of the ending of this movie brings me to tears. A mixture of pride and sorrow. Do not hesitate, purchase, and watch this film.


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