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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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Lloyd Bacon
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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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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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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

As a direct result of the five Sullivan brothers fatalities, the United States War Department developed and initiated the Sole Survivor Policy. It is a myth that following the five Sullivan brothers deaths, the US Government enacted the "Sullivan Act", an act made to prevent siblings serving together on the same boat. At the time of the Second World War, the US Navy did have a policy of separating siblings. This policy was not enforced by the book though. See more »

Goofs

When Tom Sullivan comes in from searching for George and admonishes the rest of his sons for staying up late, the mic's shadow is visible on the kitchen table. See more »

Quotes

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

Edited into All This and World War II (1976) See more »

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Chattanooga Choo Choo
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Music by Harry Warren
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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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