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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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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 Fighting Sullivans  »

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American President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said of the The Fighting Sullivan five brothers, "This is the spirit which in the end must triumph!" See more »

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At the end of the film when the U.S.S. 'The Sullivans' is launched, the hull number 450 is visible on its bows. The hull number of the real 'The Sullivans' is DD-537. See more »

Quotes

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