Sergeant York

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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...
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Overview

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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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)
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2006
  • UPC: 012569793750
  • Original Release: 1941
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Presentation: Remastered / Subtitled / Full Frame / Dubbed
  • Time: 2:14:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,553

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 Jr. 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
James Anderson Eb
Arthur Aylesworth Marty, Bartender
Lucia Carroll Saloon Girl
Lane Chandler Corporal Savage
Clyde Cook British Soldier
Elisha Cook Jr. Piano Player
Donald Douglas Capt. Tillman
Charles Drake Scorer
Roland Drew Officer
Theodore Von Eltz Prison Camp Commander
Frank Faylen Butt Boy
Abe Finkel
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 Irving Harrison
Jane Isbell Gracie's Sister
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
Frank McGlynn Sr. Farmer
Charles B. Middleton Mountaineer
Frank Orth Drummer
Gaylord "Steve" Pendleton Scorer
Jack Pennick Corporal Cutting
Walter Sande Sergeant
Howard Da Silva Lem
Kay Sutton Saloon Girl
Ray Teal Bit part
Charles Trowbridge Cordell Hull
Jean del Val Marshal Foch
Lee "Lasses" White Luke, the Target Keeper
Frank Wilcox Sergeant
Guy Wilkerson Tom Carver
Douglas Wood New York Spokesman
Gig Young Soldier
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
Howard Koch 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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Sergeant York: Feature Film
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary by Jeanine Basinger
      Lions for Sale
      Porky's Preview
      Cooper Trailer Gallery
         Play All
         Sergeant York (1941)
         The Fountainhead (1949)
         Springfield Rifle (1952)
         Friendly Persuasion (1956)
         Love in the Afternoon (1957)
         The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Off
Disc #2 -- Sergeant York: Special Features-
   Sergeant York: Of God and Country
   Gary Cooper: American Life, American Legend
      Play
      Web Info
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Inspiring and Thought-Provoking Movie!

    Gary Cooper is wonderful as always portraying Sgt. Alvin York, a conscientious objector during WWI. It is the true story of a man's struggle to apply his faith in what the Bible teaches to the issues of war and his country's expectations of him. It is also a story that details his journey to finding a life of faith. In the beginning he is a bit on the wild side, but has an experience which opens his eyes to the truth that there is a God to reckon with. It is a wonderful, passionate pursuit, adventurous and entertaining as well.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    How do you know "York's" a classic? No 21st century remake!

    "Sgt. York," the tale of the greatest American hero of The Great War, has all the makings of a Hollywood WWII flick -- an unreliable, hard drinking and hell-raising partying man finds God, finds love and finds himself during war time, becomes a hero and marries the girl next door to live happily ever after. All the makings of a WWII flick -- except it is somewhat based on fact, and it dealt with life during WWI. Before you launch into this, remind yourself of several things:

    1. This is not a "war" movie -- the war just happens to be a key part of the film.

    2. Certain elements have to be, fittingly, taken on faith. Did the real Alvin York change his ways after nearly being killed by lightning? Did the pages of the Bible really blow open to the exact section he needed as he debated about remaining a "conscientious objective" to the war? Was he really as devoted to his mother as he appears to be in this film (is anyone)?

    3. Given the military's general view of "acceptable loss ratio," is there any way in real life that eight guys could possibly have captured -- and maintained order of -- 132 soldiers?

    4. The real Alvin York was not as smart as Gary Cooper's version [real-life York had nine months of schooling to his name], had no control of money, and really didn't end up with as happy an ending as in this picture. But it is, after all, only a movie. Suspend belief for a bit and enjoy the ride.

    And what a ride it is: Cooper plays York as a near-loser in the beginning, a gracious winner at the end, and a perfectly mortal guy in between. You want this guy to change and he does; you want him to take it to the Germans and he does; you want him to end up with his darling Gracie and he does.

    Classic moments abound, but none tops this one: York goes to training camp for target shooting, shoots and hits the bulls-eye, but a inch or so off from dead center. "I'll do better the next time," he says. His sergeant gives him five more bullets, and he proceeds to nail the target dead center every time. "Where'd you learn to shoot?" They ask. "I ain't never learned," he says. "Folks say I could shoot as soon as I could carry a gun."

    By the time we reach the war sequence -- when he officially becomes a hero -- we're wondering how much damage he's going to inflict upon the Germans. "He might just knock off your entire sauerkraut army," friend "Pusher" Ross (George Tobias) tells a captured German officer. If this were Rambo 16, he probably would.

    But alas, we'll have to settle for the 132 soldiers he and seven others take in. And we get to revel in the message that any person, no matter how flawed, can always redeem himself.

    One last watch-for-it moment: catch a very young June ("Lost in Space" Mrs. Robinson) Lockhart as York's younger sister, Rosie.

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