Sergeant York

Sergeant York

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Director: Howard Hawks

Cast: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie

     
 

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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 ofSee more details below

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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, hell-raisin'est critter in the entire Tennessee Valley. All of this changes when York is struck by lighting during a late-night rainstorm. Chalking up the bolt from the blue as a message from God, York does a complete about-face and finds Religion, much to the delight of local preacher Rosier Pile (Walter Brennan). Despite plenty of provocation, York vows never to get angry at anyone ever again, determining to be a good husband and provider for his sweetheart Gracie Williams (Joan Leslie). When America goes to war in 1917, York elects not to answer the call when drafted, declaring himself a conscientious objector. Forced to go to boot camp, he proves himself a born leader, yet still he balks at the thought of killing anyone. York's understanding commanding officer Major Buxton (Stanley Ridges) slowly convinces the young pacifist that violence is sometimes the only way to defend Democracy. Later on, while serving with the AEF in the Argonne Forest, Sergeant York sees several of his buddies, including his Bronxite best pal Pusher Ross (George Tobias), killed in an enemy ambush. His anger aroused, York personally kills 25 German soldiers, then single-handedly captures 132 prisoners. As a result, York becomes the most decorated hero of WW1, celebrated by no less than General John J. Pershing as "the greatest civilian soldier" of the war. The film won Gary Cooper his first Academy Award, and also picked up an Oscar for Best Film Editing. Not surprisingly, it ended up as the highest-grossing film of 1941.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Sergeant York is among the best of war-time propaganda films, with a superb performance by Gary Cooper in the title role. It was natural that, as the United States entered World War II, Hollywood would want to make a movie about the life of Alvin York, the most decorated U.S. soldier in World War I. The real-life York set several conditions for the production, all to the betterment of the resulting film. It is a tribute to the skills of director Howard Hawks that, removed from its historical context, Sergeant York remains one of the most powerful screen biographies, though it perhaps falls short when compared with the realism of such later war-bios as Patton. The battle sequences, edited by William Holmes, are usually sharp, and Cooper gives one of the most memorable performances of his outstanding career. Sergeant York was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, winning two, Cooper for Best Actor and Homes for Best Film Editing.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2006
UPC:
0012569793750
Original Release:
1941
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:14:00
Sales rank:
11,014

Special Features

Commentary by film historian Jeanine Basinger; 2 insightful documentaries: new making-of featurette Sergeant York: Of God and Country and vintage biographical profile Gary Cooper: American Life, American Legend; Classic cartoon Porky's Preview; Vintage short Lions for Sale; Gary Cooper movies trailer gallery; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Cooper Sgt. Alvin C. York
Walter Brennan Pastor Rosier Pile
Joan Leslie Gracie Williams
Ward Bond Ike Botkin
Stanley Ridges Maj. Buxton
Margaret Wycherly Mother York
George Tobias Michael T. "Pusher" Ross
Noah Beery Buck Lipscomb
June Lockhart Rosie York
Dickie Moore George York
Clem Bevans Zeke
Harvey Stephens Capt. Danforth
David Bruce Bert E. Thomas
Charles Esmond German Major
Joe Sawyer Sgt. Early
Pat Flaherty Sgt. Harry Parsons
Robert Porterfield Zeb Andrews
Erville Alderson Nate Tompkins
Murray Alper Gunnery Spotter
Clyde Cook British Soldier
Abe Finkel Actor
Frank McGlynn Farmer
Walter Sande Sergeant
Douglas Wood New York Spokesman
Jane Isbell Gracie's Sister
James Anderson Eb
Arthur Aylesworth Marty, Bartender
Lucia Carroll Saloon Girl
Lane Chandler Corporal Savage
Elisha Cook Piano Player
Howard Da Silva Lem
Jean del Val Marshal Foch
Charles Drake Scorer
Roland Drew Officer
Frank Faylen Butt Boy
Jo Gilbert Fat Woman
Joseph W. Girard Gen. John Pershing
Kit Guard Bit part
William Haade Card Player
Creighton Hale AP Man
Russell Hicks General
George S. Irving Harrison
Selmar Jackson Gen. Duncan
Si Jenks Bit part
Edward Keane Oscar of the Waldorf
Victor Kilian Andrews
Rita La Roy Saloon Girl
Frank Marlowe Beardsley
Tully Marshall Uncle Lige
Charles B. Middleton Mountaineer
Frank Orth Drummer
Gaylord "Steve" Pendleton Scorer
Jack Pennick Corporal Cutting
Kay Sutton Saloon Girl
Ray Teal Bit part
Charles Trowbridge Cordell Hull
Theodore Von Eltz Prison Camp Commander
Lee "Lasses" White Luke, the Target Keeper
Frank Wilcox Sergeant
Guy Wilkerson Tom Carver
Gig Young Soldier
Donald Douglas Capt. Tillman

Technical Credits
Howard Hawks Director,Producer
Harry Chandlee Screenwriter
Arthur Edeson Cinematographer
Abem Finkel Screenwriter
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Oliver S. Garretson Sound/Sound Designer
William Holmes Editor
John Hughes Art Director
John Huston Screenwriter
Peter Howard Screenwriter
Jesse Lasky Producer
Fred MacLean Set Decoration/Design
Sol Polito Cinematographer
Max Steiner Score Composer
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sergeant York: Feature Film
1. Credits and Dedication [1:39]
2. Mighty Good Shootin' [5:06]
3. What War? [3:23]
4. No Excuses [2:37]
5. Ma Wants You [5:34]
6. How Religion Comes [5:17]
7. Nobody But Gracie [3:08]
8. Courtin' Call [4:48]
9. Nothing I Can't Get [4:43]
10. Sweat for Bottomland [6:16]
11. Four-Day Extension [3:12]
12. Straightest Shooter [5:20]
13. Prize Not Landed [3:15]
14. Lightning Strike [3:49]
15. Help of the Lord [5:39]
16. Draft Board Appeal [4:14]
17. Not Exempt [3:26]
18. Off to War [2:58]
19. Camp Gordon [4:22]
20. Bull's Eye [4:32]
21. Another Good Book [6:49]
22. God and Country [5:16]
23. Death up Close [3:23]
24. October 8, 1918 [4:41]
25. Outflanking the Germans [2:19]
26. Machine Gun Nest [4:27]
27. Pusher Changes Cars [1:27]
28. York's Prisoners [5:15]
29. To Save Lives [3:29]
30. Honors for a Hero [5:34]
31. Homecoming [3:40]
32. Tennessee's Gift [3:18]
33. Cast List [:47]
Disc #2 -- Sergeant York: Special Features-
1. Introduction and Credits [2:29]
2. Westerner and Little Boy [3:47]
3. Romantic Figure [4:41]
4. Common Man [4:57]
5. Deeds, Doe and York [4:44]
6. Unexpected Heroes [6:03]
7. Playing Innocent [3:24]
8. The Fountainhead [2:56]
9. High Noon [3:49]
10. From Outsider to Charmer [3:12]
11. Vanished World [5:26]
12. End Credits [:38]

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