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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

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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!! See more »


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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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(archive footage)|

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie features the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. Guadalcanal is situated in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean, north-east of Australia. Its local name is Isatabu and contains the country's capital, Honiara. The island is humid and mostly made up of jungle with a surface area of 2,047 square miles or 5,302 km². It was named after Pedro De Ortega's home town Guadalcanal in Andalusia, Spain. De Ortega worked under Álvaro De Mendaña who charted the island in 1568. See more »

Goofs

When confronting Lt. Cmdr. Robinson for the first time, both George and Frank are calling him Admiral and showing no respect for him. This would go against their training, as both had served previously in the Navy and had been recently discharged prior to Pearl Harbor (May 1941). 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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Edited into All This and World War II (1976) See more »

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Music by Harry Warren
Played at the dance and often throughout the picture
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wrenching true story
1 November 2002 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

A lot of people know the story of the USS Indianapolis that sank at the end of World War II. It was the ship where only 316 of the 1,196 crew survived because there was a delay in looking for them. This film tells the story of the USS Juneau, it is not as well known but its story is terrible as well. Only 10 out of 700 crew survived. This ship is best remembered as the one where the Sullivans died. There has been a change in policy since where brothers are prohibited from being on the same ship. This film does a wonderful job of bringing the Sullivan saga to life. I can imagine the patriotic impact it had when it was shown at the time. I caught it on an old movie channel and I remember the scene that got me was the one at the end where it made out like they were all ascending to heaven.


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