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The Sullivans (1944)

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


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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Release Date:

3 February 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Fighting Sullivans  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)


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1.37 : 1
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After the deaths of the five Sullivan brothers during World War II, their parents, went on to assist in the war effort as a tribute to their five sons. See more »


In the end of the movie, George (the oldest Sullivan brother) was in Sick Bay when the remaining four brothers go to rescue him. In reality, George and Al were the only Sullivan brothers to survive the sinking of USS Juneau. Al drowned the next day and George succumbed 4-5 days later to dementia, when he shed his uniform and swam off in search of his brothers. See more »


Mrs. Alleta Sullivan: [Last lines] Tom, our boys are afloat again.
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14 September 2003 | by (Millbrook, AL) – See all my reviews

This is a must see movie to truly apreciate the sacrifices made for our country by the "greatest generation". The heart of the movie is the lives of the brothers growing up. If the film were made today it would probably focus too much on the actual death of the boys, instead this film instead focuses on the lives that were lived by 5 great american men. If you have never seen this film, get a copy of it and watch a cinematic triumph in storytelling.

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