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The Fighting Sullivans.

Reviewing: 20th Century Fox The Fighting Sullivans  |  Rating:
By sutler on
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I have just finished watching the film 'The Fighting Sullivans', and I must say that I enjoyed it a great deal. It was released in 1944, and was based on the true story of the Sullivan brothers, all of whom fought in World War II (don't want to give away the ending to you, though).

The movie progresses through the various 'stages of life' of the brothers & rest of the family, ranging from the birth of the oldest, George, to their mid to late 20s. Throughout the film the boys maintain a very strong sense of companionship, proving this through various 'dilemmas', ranging from fights with other kids to saving one another from drowning. There are several instances of comedy, though I would classify the film as either a drama, or perhaps even a biographical film.

The cast includes:

Anne Baxter as Katherine Mary Sullivan

Thomas Mitchell as Mr. Thomas F. Sullivan, the father

Selena Royle as Mrs. Alleta Sullivan, the mother

Edward Ryan as Albert Leo Sullivan

Trudy Marshall as Genevieve Sullivan

John Campbell as Francis Henry Sullivan

James Cardwell as George Thomas Sullivan

John Alvin as Madison Abel Sullivan

George Offerman, Jr. as Joesph Eugene Sullivan

Roy Roberts as Father Francis

Ward Bond as Lieutenant Commander Robinson

As you can see, there are a few big names in the film, and even those who were not well known did a very impressive job at portraying the various characters. I thoroughly enjoyed all of their performances.

I don't want to give away any more of the plot than I already have, but I assure you that you will enjoy this film. It's great for everyone, as it really shows how important family is.