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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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Complete credited cast:
Selena Royle ...
Mrs. Alleta Sullivan
Edward Ryan ...
Albert Leo 'Al' Sullivan
Genevieve 'Gen' Sullivan
John Campbell ...
Francis Henry 'Frank' Sullivan
James Cardwell ...
Madison Abel 'Matt' Sullivan
George Offerman Jr. ...
Joesph Eugene 'Joe' Sullivan
Father Francis
Lt. Cmdr. Robinson


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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Release Date:

3 February 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Fighting Sullivans  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)


(archive footage)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Steven Spielberg has stated that both the story of the Niland brothers and the Sullivans brothers acted as his inspiration for making Saving Private Ryan (1998). See more »


In the time line for the movie, the motorcycle race George was in happened in 1939. However, one of the bikes in the race was a 1940 or later Indian Chief. Indian motorcycles up to and including 1939 had open fenders, and from 1940 though 1953 had the valanced fenders. Given the movie was made in 1944, the motorcycle was somewhere in the 1940 through 1942 range, as Indian did not make civilian motorcycles during the war years of 1943 and 1944. See more »


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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Bridal Chorus
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Arranged by Alfred Newman
Played during the wedding
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Motivational film for war time America.
28 May 1999 | by (Auburn, Me) – See all my reviews

This film was made during WWII when the outcome was still uncertain. It served as a strong motivational film for the American theater going crowd much like "Guadalcanal Diary" and Wake Island" to name just two. Most of the picture concerns the brothers growing up and their strong bond with each other. The actual story of them serving in the Navy is very small in relation to the rest of the movie. The spirit of the five brothers is still alive today as the Navy recently named yet another ship after them i.e. USS The Sullivans DDG 68. The story would still make for a fine remake using 90's style film making and with the right director be up there with "Saving Private Ryan". Check this film out and look for a small role by the great character actor Ward Bond whose presence in films always makes a difference.

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