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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

The Fighting Sullivans  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 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 »

Quotes

Mrs. Alleta Sullivan: [Last lines] Tom, our boys are afloat again.
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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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