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The Fighting Sullivans (1944)





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Based on a true story, this gripping WW II-era war drama chronicles the courage of five brothers who bravely fought to save the battleship Juneau after it was fatally torpedoed at Gaudalcanal. Meant to pay tribute to the soldiers who had died and containing some truly heartbreaking scenes, the film was so realistic that audiences, many of whom had lost family and friends already in battle, were unable to bear the grief. Some theaters even refused to show the film, which is also known as The Sullivans.
Classics , Drama
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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
John Alvin
as Matt
Roy Roberts
as Fr. Francis
Mary McCarty
as Gladys
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
John Nesbitt
as Admiral
Nancy June Robinson
as Genevieve as a Child
Selmar Jackson
as Damage Control Officer
Mae Marsh
as Woman
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Critic Reviews for The Fighting Sullivans

All Critics (4)

Sentimental but well-balanced.

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for The Fighting Sullivans

I loved this film. It didn't focus on the war or the tragedy. It honored the lives of these men by showing who they were as people and the lives they gave up to serve our Nation. The film also followed the real lives of these boys in spite of a few points that they dramatized. If you want a film that honors our veterans this film is for you. It's beautifully done.

Laura Rachel
Laura Rachel

well made but heartbreakingly sad film.

jay nixon
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.


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