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Sergeant York (1941)

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When World War I hero Alvin York agreed to sell the movie rights to his life story to Warner Bros., it was on three conditions: (1) That the film contains no phony heroics, (2) that Mrs.York not be played by a Hollywood "glamour girl" and (3) That Gary Cooper portray York on screen. All three conditions were met, and the result is one of the finest and most inspirational biographies ever committed to celluloid. When the audience first meets young farmer Alvin York (Cooper), he's the cussin'est,

Nov 7, 2006

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The performance of Gary Cooper in the title role holds the picture together magnificently, and even the most unfavorable touches are made palatable because of him.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The first half is quite good, documenting York's rural upbringing with great simplicity and charm. But the second part -- the war -- degenerates quickly and grotesquely.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (3)
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Even given a nest of flaws, the basic arc works beautifully: Cooper's abashed, aw-shucks demeanor is a perfect fit for the part.

June 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Moving, memorable, great Warner Bros. biography of WWI hero York, with fine Cooper performance--an Oscar winner.

February 22, 2008
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Sergeant York brought him Hawks one and only Oscar nomination for Best Director, and it's arguably his least interesting film.

November 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comments (3)
Combustible Celluloid

This is one of those movies where the star appears to have been born to play the role.

November 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Setting a precedent by preseting the saga of a celeb sill alive, the Hawks biopic is a tale of transformation of an obscure Tennessee hillbilly into a national hero, thus showing the validity of the democratic credo that heroes are not born but made.

September 27, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Nothing to get upset about, but also not much to get excited about.

May 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The breathless pace, the good script, and the mostly fine performances made me more forgiving of the dated aspects of this film. Overall, though, it's Gary Cooper's film.

December 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

First-class Hawks biopic on the WWI hero.

November 25, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Sergeant York is a quadruple 'A' attraction, destined to go many places and leaving complete satisfaction in its wake.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Sergeant York

A "simple" Appalachian converts to Christianity and then goes to WWI.
There is a scene in which York is struck by lightning, which propels him to "find God." While it purports to be based on a true story, shit like that makes me doubt its veracity. What's worse is the film's treatment of York, who is portrayed without even enough sense to tie his shoes, yet by the end of the film, we're supposed to revere his bravery and conversion from conscientious objector to violence. This characterization - I balk at calling anyone in this film a "character" - not only paints Americans and Appalachians as decidedly anti-intellectual, but it also suggests that Christianity is mutable enough to be jettisoned at the first call of violent duty.
Overall, this film is both insulting and ridiculous.
May 21, 2014
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Jim Hunter

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I liked Sergeant York but wasn't absolutely floored by it. The first half of the movie where York is a hell-raising yokel was entertaining, even if it did feel kind of forced. The second religious half was good even if there weren't enough of the WWI battles I'd expected and storywise it was more interesting, too. I'm not the world's biggest Gary Cooper fan but he was pretty good here. The hickishness of Sergeant York got kind of annoying after awhile but consider the source. Overall, it wasn't what I expected but it was still good.
May 31, 2011
mjgildea

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I don't want to be a soldier. I don't want to go to war. I would seriously consider dodging the draft if there still was one. I identified with Gary Cooper's character. Yet, the movie's message is strongly supporting war and a soldier's work. Somehow I still enjoyed the film, and can appreciate it for the things it does well.
October 18, 2007
hypathio7

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Gary Cooper is back as his old plodding self as an unlikely war hero who learns how to fire a gun all over again and eventually takes out a bunch of Germans. Nothing terribly imaginative.
March 13, 2014
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