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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anne Baxter ... Katherine Mary Sullivan
Thomas Mitchell ... Mr. Thomas F. Sullivan
Selena Royle ... Mrs. Alleta Sullivan
Edward Ryan Edward Ryan ... Albert Leo 'Al' Sullivan
Trudy Marshall ... Genevieve 'Gen' Sullivan
John Campbell John Campbell ... Francis Henry 'Frank' Sullivan
James Cardwell ... George Thomas Sullivan
John Alvin ... Madison Abel 'Matt' Sullivan
George Offerman Jr. ... Joesph Eugene 'Joe' Sullivan
Roy Roberts ... Father Francis
Ward Bond ... Lt. Cmdr. Robinson
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Storyline

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 Guts and Glory of Our Fighting Forces! See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fighting Sullivans See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Like George Offerman, Jr. (45), and James Cardwell I32). Bobby Driscoll also died far too young, at just 31 years of age. See more »

Goofs

In the first scene of the brothers as little boys they race from home to the railroad to see their father pull away on the train, and the last fence they have to climb over to reach the rail yard is shown first as a wooden-framed wire fence which the oldest four brothers climb over, but in the next cut to the fence, showing the youngest brother Al climbing over, the fence is missing it's wood frame and is instead an all-wire fence. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Cmdr. Robinson: Look son you can't make deals with the navy - I told you Ill do what I can. Besides it's probably better that you were separated. If you were all on the same ship and it...
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Soundtracks

Chattanooga Choo Choo
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the radio
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One of the best wartime films ever!
15 December 1998 | by rolf-10See all my reviews

I first saw this film as an eight year old during the war. I regularly showed the video version to my high school history classes during my teaching career. Even though it was on the edge of being brutally hard to take when the Sullivan family learned of the death of all five of their sons, my students regarded the film as one which showed a great deal about the home front and about the sacrifices this generation made to the country.


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