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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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Katherine Mary Sullivan
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Mr. Thomas F. Sullivan
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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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Like the characters they portrayed, two of the actors playing the brothers died at a far younger than average age: James Cardwell who played George died at age 32 in 1954 and George Offerman Jr. who played Joe died at age 45 in 1963. See more »

Goofs

Reflection of crew member visible in mirror in parlor when mother is calling adult sons for breakfast. First scene in which sons are grown up. See more »

Quotes

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

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1st Movement, Allegro)
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Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Played on the radio
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Simply great
25 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the few movies I've seen that really made me cry. I agree with others who wrote about this and would definitely put it up there with The Best Years of our Lives as one of the great World War II pictures. Saving Private Ryan didn't move me as much as this mainly because we really don't get to know Private Ryan (or his brothers, for that matter). In this movie, we get to know all of the brothers, especially the oldest and the youngest. It did feel a bit like the Waltons in the first hour (were homes really that apple pie in Iowa in the 30s?) But watching the boys come of age and struggle with basic teenage issues, and then watching them enlist, made their fates all the more powerful. Yes, I knew what was going to happen but I was moved all the same. This movie should be required viewing for everyone who adored Saving Private Ryan.


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