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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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Madison Abel 'Matt' Sullivan
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Joesph Eugene 'Joe' 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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The Fighting Sullivans  »

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After the deaths of the five Sullivan brothers, the United States Navy named two ships after them. They were the Fletcher class destroyer, USS The Sullivans (DD-537) and the Arleigh Burke class destroyer, USS The Sullivans (DDG-68). The former was the first American navy vessel ever to be named after more than one person. Each of the two vessels shared the same motto which was the Sullivan brothers motto: "We Stick Together." 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 »

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Father Francis: [First lines] George Thomas Sullivan, I baptize thee in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.
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Anchors Aweigh
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Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Played when the decoration is placed in the window and at the end
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KEEPING "THE SULLIVANS" AFLOAT
17 June 1999 | by (NEW JERSEY, USA) – See all my reviews

This film is presented as vignettes of the boys at different ages, as if seen through a mother's loving eyes. It makes your heart particularly vulnerable to their inevitable fate. Especially poignant to the audiences of the day, note that it was released in 1944, during some of the darker days of World War II.

Five brothers DID die as the result of ONE enemy encounter. It was a terrible tragedy. It made one family's sacrifice TOO great. In their honor, there has always been a "USS The Sullivans" afloat. The newly commisioned ship can be seen, along with the "new" skipper (sometimes), on patriotic holidays when the movie is shown. They have him (and the ship) in the "bumpers" between segments. It adds a new dimension and reality to the film.

My younger children always gather round to watch the "Leave it to Beaver" type antics of the brothers growing up. They very much enjoy the "little troublemakers". They DO follow the film and understand what happens at the end. I'm glad they do. It's not lost on them. And we always salute, along with Pop Sullivan, at the end of the movie.....

REST IN PEACE, BOYS...........


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