The Fighting 69th (1940)


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Officially, America had no intention of entering the Second World War in 1940: Why, then, were there so many "preparedness" pictures like The Fighting 69th? This film, based on the experiences of military priest Father Duffy (Pat O'Brien), is set during World War I. The US 69th division was a national guard contingent comprised of Irish Americans, who fought with the Rainbow Division in the years 1917-1918. Into this Hibernian stronghold comes cocky Jerry Plunkett (Jimmy Cagney), a streetwise … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Fred Niblo, Norman Reilly Raine, Dean Franklin, Fred Niblo, Jr.
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 24, 2007
Warner Bros. Pictures


as Pvt. Jerry Plunkett

as Father Duffy

as Sgt. Joyce Kilmer

as Maj. Wild Bill Donov...

as Sgt. Big Mike Wynn

as 'Crepe Hanger' Burke

as Lt. Ames

as Timmy Wynn

as John Wynn

as The Colonel

as Capt. Mangan

as Mike Murphy

as Maj. Anderson

as Pvt. Turner

as Pvt. McManus

as Jack O'Keefe

as Chaplain Holmes

as Lt. Norman

as Capt. Bootz

as Carroll

as Regan

as Doctor

as Doctor

as Doctor

as Sergeant

as Supply sergeant

as Alabama man

as Alabama man

as Alabama man

as Alabama Man

as Engineer officer

as Medical captain

as German officer

as German Officer

as Hefferman

as O'Brien

as Engineer Sergeant

as Telephonist

as Soldier
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Critic Reviews for The Fighting 69th

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | July 7, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Among best of Cagney-O'Brien Warner team-ups, this one set in WWI.

March 22, 2008

The Fighting 69th...may become a gushy tearjerker by its end, but you can't argue that its heart isn't in the right place.

Full Review… | April 22, 2007
Movie Metropolis

In one of his few war films, Cagney displays his "specialty" of explosive energy, as a despicable Irishman, who initially sneers at the regiment's traditions but then learns the hard way the mistakes of his cowardice and irresponsibility.

Full Review… | July 15, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Fighting 69th

This film is weird. Cagney is a brawler who becomes a coward in the face of war and gets half of his battalion killed. He finds religion, kills a bunch of Germans and redeems himself. It's Cagney so it's enjoyable, but you don't like his character and you never root for him. Very strange.

cody franklin

Super Reviewer

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