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Audiences knew the tragic fate of the Sullivans, although the film was originally released as "The Sullivans" and pretty much bombed at the box office. Retitled "The Fighting Sullivans" and re-released, it became a smash hit. The use of unknown actors made the film all the more effective, especially since it refrained from the sort of cliches you would expect. If the scene where the parents learn all five boys have died does not get you, the next scene will: Mr. Sullivan goes off to his job on the railroad and as the train passes the water tower where his boys waved to him as kids, he salutes them. Actually, this film works so well that the final shot, of the Sullivans in uniform striding across the clouds of the afterlife does not seem one whit hokey.Read more ›
I was only five years of age at that time, but I remember everything about the movie. Ofcourse, I saw it in the movies a couple of more times within the next few years as well as staying up until the wee small hours of the morning to see it on the late show. Each and every time, the movie evoked the same reaction from me, tears and trembling.
I felt as though every member of the Sullivan family was a friend of mine. Perhaps I may sound old fashioned or outdated, but I appreciated The Fighting Sullivans more than I could any of the films of the present day. This film was realistic, it dealt with the thin line which separates life from death. The present day films focus, for the most part on fantasy, violence, and sex, which have many negative effects on the people who so choose to take them seriously. Whereas, The Fighting Sullivans encompased strong family values, the family was not perfect, but with their strong love and respect for each other, they were able to overcome any challenges which life might have brought them. Good family values is the basis of life.
Oh, yes, this is one of the greatest tragedies of all times, but this film has had positive effects on me as well as many others.Read more ›
"The Fighting Sullivans," like "The Best Years of Our Lives," is a tribute to the best generation that this century has known; a generation that survived the Great Depression and not only survived but prevailed in the most horrible war this world has yet known.
The film is beautifully acted, especially by Thomas Mitchell and Selena Royle as the parents. The most moving scene is the one in which Mitchell and Royle are notified by naval officer Ward Bond that their sons have been lost. This never fails to move me to tears.
A note about the DVD version of this film: the DVD features a secondary soundtrack which contains an audio essay by Jack Bilello, author of "Bonds of War." This essay is a deeply moving and personal eulogy for the Sullivan brothers and is itself worth the cost of admission.
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This is one of those movies everyone should see. It's a typical 1940's/1050's movie...lots of corny acting..."golly gee pa... Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Ed C.
O.K I didn't know this was based on a true story until the end
I guess I should have read about it before I bought it. Read more
I was 10 years old when the five brothers lost their lives in the navy during the pacific naval battles of WWII, and remember the horrible incident when it occurred and was... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Wade M. Williams
I LOVE everything about this story. It's mighty sad though for the faint of heart. Read the true story behind it.Published 16 days ago by Aha
sound quality and picture quality left a lot to be desired but the movie itself was wonderful When something is advertised as commemorative I expect a quality keepsake.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great movie, a love story of a family and the love of 5 brothers. They give their lives for each other. Shows the love of a Catholic Christian family.Published 1 month ago by Army Wife Retired