Sergeant York (1941)


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Based on a true World War I story, Howard Hawks' Sergeant York follows a religious Tennessee boy (Gary Cooper), who is initially opposed to war. York is drafted into the Army, where he realizes that there is indeed justification for fighting and in the course of service, he becomes one of the most acclaimed and decorated heros of World War I. Cooper won an Academy Award for his performance in this moving, exciting film. Sergeant York has also been shown in a computer-colorized print.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Skeyhill, Alvin C. York, Abem Finkel, Harry Chandlee, Howard Koch
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 7, 2006
Warner Bros. Pictures


as Alvin C. York

as Gracie

as Pastor Rosier Pile

as Pusher

as Lipscomb

as George York

as Cordell Hull

as Danforth

as Bert Thomas

as German Major

as Sgt. Early

as German Major

as Sgt. Early

as Sgt. Parsons

as Mother York

as Zeb Andrews

as Nate Tompkins

as Sergeant

as Capt. Tillman

as Cpl. Savage

as Beardsley

as Cpl. Cutting

as Tom Carver

as Uncle Lige

as Piano Player

as Gracie's Sister

as Drummer

as Marty, Bartender

as Saloon Girl

as Saloon Girl

as Fat Woman

as Saloon Girl

as Gen. John Pershing

as Card Player

as Fat Woman

as Andrews

as Gunnery Spotter

as Gunnery Spotter

as Gen. Duncan

as Scorer

as Prison Camp Commande...

as Officer

as General

as Marshal Foch

as Gen. Duncan

as Harrison

as Oscar of the Waldorf

as Soldier

as Sergeant

as British Soldier

as New York Spokesman

as Man at Church

as Marching Soldier

as Luke, the Target Ke...

as Soldier on Rifle Ran...

as German Major

as Capt. Tillman
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Critic Reviews for Sergeant York

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 27, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Even given a nest of flaws, the basic arc works beautifully: Cooper's abashed, aw-shucks demeanor is a perfect fit for the part.

Full Review… | June 7, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

February 22, 2008

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.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


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.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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.

Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

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