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Sergeant York (1941)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 27 September 1941 (USA)
A marksman is drafted in World War I and ends up becoming one of the most celebrated war heroes.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alvin C. York
... Pastor Rosier Pile
... Gracie Williams
... 'Pusher' Ross
... Major Buxton
... Mother York
... Ike Botkin
... Buck Lipscomb
... Rosie York
... George York
... Zeke
... Lem (as Howard da Silva)
... Cordell Hull
... Captain Danforth
... Bert Thomas
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Storyline

A hillbilly sharpshooter becomes one of the most celebrated American heroes of WWI when he single-handedly attacks and captures a German position using the same strategy as in turkey shoot. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Missiles! Jets! Tanks! ...It's Still The Guy With Guts And A Gun Who Wins The War! See more »


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27 September 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Amazing Life of Sergeant York  »

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Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,400,000
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Gary Cooper, unable to participate in WWII due to his age and an old injury to his hip, felt strongly that this film was his way of contributing to the cause. Cooper later said, "Sergeant Alvin C. York and I had quite a few things in common, even before I played him in screen. We both were raised in the mountains - Tennessee for him, Montana for me - and learned to ride and shoot as a natural part of growing up. 'Sergeant York' won me an Academy Award, but that's not why it's my favorite film. I liked the role because of the background of the picture, and because I was portraying a good, sound American character." See more »

Goofs

When Private York returns from contemplating his exemption back in Tennessee, The phrase "All right, Sergeant," is not misspoke by the clerk to Private York, it is the Major dismissing the character in the foreground. See more »

Quotes

Pastor Rosier Pile: Howdy Mother York?
Mother York: Tol'able Pastor.
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Crazy Credits

"We are proud to present this picture, and are grateful to the heroic figures, still living, who have generously consented to be portrayed in its story.

To their faith and ours, that a day will come when man will live in peace on earth, this picture is humbly dedicated.

High in the heart of the Cumberland Mountains in Tennessee, lies the Valley of the Three Forks of the Wolf, and here in the spring of the year 1916..." See more »

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Referenced in A Perfect World (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

I Got a Gal at the Head of the Holler
(uncredited)
Traditional American folk song
Sung by Alvin while at the mirror
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Absolutely Brilliant
29 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

"Sergeant York" is my favorite classic movie. Gary Cooper stars as Sergeant Alvin York one of the most revered hero's in World War I. The movie takes you through his life from the days when he was a lot less responsible. When he drank a lot and had a short fuse, but ends when he become a hero of the war. The black and white picture enhances the beautiful cinematography in the film. Keep in mind most of the film revolves around his life before the war and so you get to see a lot of the fantastic scenery.

Gary Cooper won himself a well deserved Oscar for the film, but there were some other fine performances in the film. Walter Brennan, the star of almost 200 other films, plays York's small town Pastor, Rosier Pile. Young Joan Leslie plays the part of Gracie Williams who later marries York. Then there is Ward Bond in one of his many films (Over 250 of them I believe). Now a little for the trivia books. Cooper was 41 when he made this film and Leslie was only 16, but this is fairly consistent with the true ages of York and Gracie when they were beginning their relationship. So the film tries to be very accurate and honest. You won't find that in a modern film.

If you have not seen "Sergeant York" then you have yet to see one of the most touching films of all time. It is as much an attention holder today as it was back in 1941 and makes an excellent Memorial Day film which is in fact the best time to try and catch it if you happen to have cable and some of those classic film channels.


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