Sergeant York (Full Frame)

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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. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide.

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 & French, Subtitles: English, French & Spanish; Presented in Black & White.

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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. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide.

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 & French, Subtitles: English, French & Spanish; Presented in Black & White.

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Starring: Clem Bevans, Frank Marlowe, William Haade, Joe Sawyer, Jean del Val, Ray Teal, Noah Beery, Jr., June Lockhart, Kit Guard, Jack Pennick, Howard Da Silva, Kay Sutton, Arthur Ayleswofth, Joan Leslie, Joseph W. Girard, Gig Young, Gary Cooper, Harvey Stephens, James Anderson, Rita La Roy, Jo Gilbert, Margaret Wycherly, Elisha Cook, Jr., Walter Sande, Murray Alper, Victor Kilian, Pat Flaherty, Douglas Wood, Clyde Cook, Gaylord "Steve" Pendleton, Erville Alderson, Edward Keane, Abe Finkel, Guy Wilkerso
Director: Howard Hawks
Studio Name: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: 11/07/2006
Rating: Not Rated
Format: DVD
Screen Format: Full Frame
Run Time (in minutes): 134 minutes
Language: English
Audio Tracks: AC, Dolby Digital Mono
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.25
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.8 x 7.8 x 7.8
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Wholesomeness is not lost
11/13/2008

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5.0 stars 11/13/2008 by SM1SW
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This movie is an excellent historical record as to why we fought both World Wars if a person was raised with a good solid christian background. While watching this movie pay special attention to the transformation of mass media and compare it with what we have today. Notice what news was important, and what news overlooked. Overall, this movie has a great outlook of what was important in rural america at the turn of the century, and nothing could have been more Hollywood than Pusher's death scene. Add this movie to all video libraries.

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Waynesville NC
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:45 - 54
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Usage:A few times per year
great old movie
1/2/2008

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5.0 stars 1/2/2008 by safety
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Great old black and while movie with the hero winning out.

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greenbrier, ar
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:55 - 64
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3/13/2011

Customer review by Mathia

5.0 stars 3/13/2011 by Mathia
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Great family film!!! And it's based on ACTUAL REAL LIFE EVENTS!!! We need more people w/ the integrity of the main character

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Mathia
Kings Park, New York
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:35 - 44
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Great Movie!
11/7/2011

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5.0 stars 11/7/2011 by bean2431
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This is a great movie based very closely on a true story!

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Age:25 - 34
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A Great! Great! Great! True Story Movie!
1/18/2013

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5.0 stars 1/18/2013 by LadyBuy
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This movie is touching, moving and at times, you may find yourself shedding a tear or two. This is a true story about a poor young man from the back hills of Tenn. who becomes an American hero. He wins our countrie's highest military honor, "The Congressional Medal of Honor". Several years ago I read about this young war hero, named Alvin York and I actually saw his name written on a wall in a room at the Pentagon in Washington DC. There were hundreds of names honoring all those Americans who have won the "Medal of Honor". Anyway, when I saw this movie on TV awhile back, I couldn't believe how well the actor Gary Cooper, portrayed Alvin York. This movie I believe is not just a war movie, but it captures the true ascents, honesty and charactor of this man, Alvin York, A True American. So when this Dvd came out I had to have it. I wish it was in Color, but even in Black & White it is still worth it.

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San Antonio, Texas
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Age:55 - 64
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