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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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Selena Royle ...
Mrs. Alleta Sullivan
Edward Ryan ...
Albert Leo 'Al' Sullivan
Trudy Marshall ...
Genevieve 'Gen' Sullivan
John Campbell ...
Francis Henry 'Frank' Sullivan
James Cardwell ...
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!! See more »


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3 February 1944 (USA)  »

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The Fighting Sullivans  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The movie implies that the five brothers died at the same time. In reality, USS Juneau survivors reported that Joe, Matt and Frank died when the torpedo struck the ship, Al died of drowning the next day whilst George actually lived for four to five days after the attack. See more »

Goofs

At the induction center, the Petty Officer the Sullivan brothers bull past has his Crow (Navy Chevrons) sewn on the mid-line of his sleeve with a crease running through the center of the chevrons. Navy uniforms have the stripes sewn forward of the crease, not on the crease. 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 »

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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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