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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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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 Fighting Sullivans  »

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1.37 : 1
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Like George Offerman, Jr. (45), and James Cardwell I32). Bobby Driscoll also died far too young, at just 31 years of age. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film when the U.S.S. 'The Sullivans' is launched, the hull number 450 is visible on its bows. The hull number of the real 'The Sullivans' is DD-537. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Alleta Sullivan: [Last lines] Tom, our boys are afloat again.
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Edited into All This and World War II (1976) See more »

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Music by Harry Warren
Played at the dance and often 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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