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July 10, 2014
Though the religious themes come off a bit forced, Sergeant York is a respectfully told biopic with a solid performance from Gary Cooper.
June 10, 2014
Values Like These Seldom Seen On Film Anymore... It all adds up to a great film--Heartfelt cinema from Hawks!!
Super Reviewer
½ May 21, 2014
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.
½ May 13, 2014
A little too much propaganda. Also, I haven't yet been very impressed with a Gary Cooper performance; had Jimmy Stewart been in this I could have bought him much easier - nobody does corn better and more believable than Stewart.
Super Reviewer
March 13, 2014
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.
½ December 26, 2013
Sound: Great dramatic orchestral score; excellent use of patriotic, spiritual, and environmental music. It really drives the emotions and the story.

Technical: Lots of nice sound stage production. Great framing, exposure, shot composition, well crafted film, and well done sets.

Narrative: Some fictionalization to increase dramatic tensions.

Character/Acting: Great supporting cast and extras. There is just enough comedy to lighten the serious demeanor of the film. The characters are real and believable. Excellent job done by Cooper as his character arcs and struggles against his choices and convictions.

Did I like it: Yes, a very enjoyable film.

Artistic merit: A well done patriotic film based on responsibility and convictions.
December 16, 2013
Based on a true story. A symbol of what made america great. The common man's redemption
½ October 8, 2013
This movie just reinforces the spirit of patriotism that has gripped this country. It should be re-released on DVD. It is very hard to find it, even as a rental. I think this is one of the best movies ever made. The message is one of patriotism, morality, and true soul-searching to determine what is the RIGHT thing to do. This is an exercise everyone would do well to implement.
½ September 25, 2013
Interesting historical document. I guess what it is mostly, is wartime propaganda. But somewhere inside that are themes of religious-led pacifism vs violence, religious/community salvation vs Independent hell-raising. Of course, religious/community salivation trumps independent hell-raising, and violence (in the name of saving your country) trumps religious-led pacifism. And the film's ultimate message seems to be "be a good shot, kill lots of Germans, and America will buy you a huge house in the countryside." Well, I guess it worked for Alvin York. To a point.
½ June 2, 2013
This movie started out slow, but it was pretty interesting. I thought the sarge would get a lot more crap, but it was a good movie. I would recommend it to people who like old B & Ws that are war movies.
April 28, 2013
Gary Cooper delivers an earnest performance as Alvin York in this brilliant biopic that defines the difference between fighting out of personal anger and the military's attempt to defend its country.
½ April 7, 2013
Total war propaganda but very well done. Coopers character went through many changes and he handled them all so well. Many stories from this period that attempted such a broad scope became just fragmented. This one, however, kept the interest up throughout.
April 5, 2013
Liked the first half of the movie, but then the later half..meh, and also it seems a bit to much of a recruiting film at times.
½ April 2, 2013
Great story, solid acting, and editing that allows the story to unfold at it's proper pace. Dick Moore and Walter Brennan nearly steal the show - except that Cooper nails his performance also. A must see film regardless of your position on war.
March 7, 2013
Based on the life of Sgt. Alvin York, who single-handedly captured over 120 German troops during combat in World War 1, Gary Cooper shines in the title role.

"Sgt. York" is a pretty good movie, but there are better ones. It has romance, moral conflict and fair action scenes.

The acting is pretty well done, especially Cooper's performance. Many of the actors, especially the one who plays York's younger brother, seem to just recite their lines instead of making the words coming from their mouths their own.

The directing is also pretty well done, but it's not spectacular. The battle scenes could have been done much better.

The battle scenes are well done, although it is pretty obvious when the scene is shot in a studio, as the sky in the background is obviously fake.

Only see this movie because of the story behind it, not for the movie itself.
½ February 28, 2013
A classic Gary Cooper film based on the true story of World War 1's most decorated American who charged multiple Machine Gun Nests to single-handedly capture a German position. A little dated but still holds its own.
February 26, 2013
a beautiful film with the talk of Christianity. 10/10
February 23, 2013
Starring a wonderful cast including Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, and Joan Leslie with director Howard Hawks, this is a feel-good film. Alvin C. York (Cooper) lives in a small town in Tennessee where he works hard but also drinks a lot. Over time however he becomes a devout Christian and falls for a girl named Gracie (Leslie). He is hoping to get married and own a piece of bottom farm land. World War I begins and after a great conflict inside of himself, Alvin decides to go fight. While there he proves his valor, helping to capture 132 German soldiers almost single-handed. He returns home a great hero and is reunited with his family and Gracie. Despite being a great war picture, this is also a very nice biography of a simple yet religious man who tried to live his life to the best of his abilities.
½ February 12, 2013
A quintessential black and white treasure that teaches wholesome, old fashioned principles, namely relying on God for guidance, through the toughest bouts with alcohol and in the trenches fighting Nazism!
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