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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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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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Trivia

The meaning and relevance of this movie's title, The Fighting Sullivans, is that they were five Irish-American brothers who died about the same time whilst serving on the American light cruiser USS Juneau (CL-52) during World War II. This vessel was torpedoed and sunk in the South Pacific on 13 November 1942 during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. The names of the brothers, the Fighting Sullivans, were Frank, Joe, Matt, Al and George. See more »

Goofs

In the time line for the movie, the motorcycle race George was in happened in 1939. However, one of the bikes in the race was a 1940 or later Indian Chief. Indian motorcycles up to and including 1939 had open fenders, and from 1940 though 1953 had the valanced fenders. Given the movie was made in 1944, the motorcycle was somewhere in the 1940 through 1942 range, as Indian did not make civilian motorcycles during the war years of 1943 and 1944. 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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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #8.11 (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Who Threw the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy's Chowder?
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Simply great
25 November 2001 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

This is one of the few movies I've seen that really made me cry. I agree with others who wrote about this and would definitely put it up there with The Best Years of our Lives as one of the great World War II pictures. Saving Private Ryan didn't move me as much as this mainly because we really don't get to know Private Ryan (or his brothers, for that matter). In this movie, we get to know all of the brothers, especially the oldest and the youngest. It did feel a bit like the Waltons in the first hour (were homes really that apple pie in Iowa in the 30s?) But watching the boys come of age and struggle with basic teenage issues, and then watching them enlist, made their fates all the more powerful. Yes, I knew what was going to happen but I was moved all the same. This movie should be required viewing for everyone who adored Saving Private Ryan.


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