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  • I enjoyed The Fighting Sullivans very much, and being the sentimental slob type, I was in tears at the end

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      From 1944, The Fighting Sullivans is the true story of an Irish family’s strength and togetherness. The first part of the movie shows the ups and downs of five brothers. They fought a lot, but they were completely united. Halfway through, the boys age, and the youngest eventually gets married and has a baby. When the day that will live in infamy, December 7, 1941 occurs, the brothers want to enlist. They

      choose the Navy, only they insist on serving together. After all, they’ve done everything together for their entire lives. Normally, siblings were separated, in case one died, but the fighting Sullivans insisted on being together, and in a time of crisis, the Navy ultimately agreed, signing up the five feisty brothers and shipping them out to serve their country on the same ship.

      Tragically, all five brothers were killed, at the same time. Eventually, a ...


      • ship was named after them, The Sullivans. It served during the war and in other wars that followed until being decommissioned. Then, in the late 90’s, another ship was christened The Sullivans, and it still serves today. The Fighting Sullivans live on with this ship, and in the proud history of the ship that came before it.

        This was a wartime movie, so it’s written in a very patriotic style. Naturally, the tone is

        somewhat over the top, which is natural. Still, the writing was actually nominated for an Oscar, so it’s pretty darn good.

        Anne Baxter turns in a wonderful performance as the bride of the youngest Sullivan, and Thomas Mitchell, best known as Scarlet O’Hara’s dad in Gone with the Wind, is stellar as the father of the fighting boys.

        I enjoyed The Fighting Sullivans very much, and being the sentimental slob type, I was in tears at the end.




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