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The Fighting Sullivans (1944)





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Also released as The Sullivans, this movie was banned by many theater-owners because of the devastating effect it had on some of the emotionally distraught moviegoers who had lost loved ones during the war. Perhaps one of the most heart-wrenching moments in movie history, this is the true story of five brothers who were killed together on the Battleship Juneau at Guadalcanal when it was torpedoed during WWII. The movie takes the viewer through the righteous indignation felt by the brothers upon the bombing of Pearl Harbor through their deaths. It was a moving tribute to those who lost their lives in combat and to the loved ones left to mourn their loss.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Jules Schermer, Mary C. McCall Jr., Mary McCall
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 29, 1999


Anne Baxter
as Katherine Mary
Thomas Mitchell
as Mr. Sullivan
Ward Bond
as Lieutenant
Selena Royle
as Mrs. Sullivan
Bobby Driscoll
as Al as a child
Trudy Marshall
as Genevieve
Addison Richards
as Naval Captain
Roy Roberts
as Fr. Francis
Buddy Swan
as George as a Boy
Billy Cummings
as Matt as a Boy
Johnny Calkins
as Joe as a Boy
Marvin Davis
as Frank as a Boy
Nancy June Robinson
as Genevieve as a Child
John Nesbitt
as Admiral
Selmar Jackson
as Damage Control Offic...
Mae Marsh
as Woman
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Critic Reviews for The Fighting Sullivans

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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

Sentimental but well-balanced.

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

July 4, 2005

October 8, 2004
Reeling Reviews

August 20, 2003
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Audience Reviews for The Fighting Sullivans


well made but heartbreakingly sad film.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

A touching story based on the lives of the Sullivan brothers and how they stuck together up to their untimely end on the same battleship during WWII.


One of the best WWII movies. At times it is cheesy, but the true story is inspirational, thought provoking, and stunning.


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