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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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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 Our Fighting Forces! See more »


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The Fighting Sullivans  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

America became familiar with the Sullivans story during World War II and knew the boy's mother affectionately as "Mom Sullivan". See more »

Goofs

The boys hear the report about Pearl Harbor being attacked while wearing their bathrobes and pajamas, suggesting it was morning. Pearl Harbor was attacked at 7:48 AM Hawaii time, which means it would have been 12:48 PM in Iowa at the time. The first radio broadcasts were made around 2:30 PM Eastern time, which would have been 1:30 PM in Iowa. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #8.11 (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Hoorah For Baffin's Bay
(1903) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Vincent Bryan
Music by Theodore Morse
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A touching tribute to the 5 Sullivan brothers who lost their lives together in WWII.
29 October 1998 | by (Brea, Ca. USA) – See all my reviews

The Sullivan brothers grew up together in a small town in Iowa. They would eventually join the Navy after Pearl Harbor was attacked and would be killed in action. The story is a true one and heart wrenching to say the least. Thomas Mitchell is perfectly cast as the father. A very young Bobby Driscoll plays little Al, the youngest of the 5 Sullivan boys. Anne Baxter and Ward Bond were magnificent. Get yourself a box of Kleenex for this one folks. It will stay with you for a long time.


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