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Sergeant York (1941) was a Action - Black-and-white Film directed by Howard Hawks and produced by Howard Hawks, Hal B. Wallis and Jesse L. Lasky.

Sergeant York was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2008.

Academy Awards 1941 --- Ceremony Number 14 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorGary CooperWon
Best Supporting ActorWalter BrennanNominated
Best Supporting ActressMargaret WycherlyNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: John Hughes; Interior Decoration: Fred MacLeanNominated
Best CinematographySol PolitoNominated
Best DirectorHoward HawksNominated
Best Film EditingWilliam HolmesWon
Best Music - ScoringMax SteinerNominated
Best WritingAbem Finkel, Harry Chandlee, Howard Koch, John HustonNominated
Best PictureWarner Bros.Nominated
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1001 Classic Movies: Sergeant York

By Amanda Garrett on May 17, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Sergeant York (1941), starring Gary Cooper, is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered go here). Throughout May, I'll celebrate the 75th anniversa... Read full article


Sergeant York (1941)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 11, 2013 From 4 Star Films

Starring a wonderful cast including Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, and Joan Leslie with director Howard Hawks, this is a feel-good film. Alvin C. York (Cooper) lives in a small town in Tennessee where he works hard but also drinks a lot. Over time however he becomes a devout Christian and falls for a ... Read full article


Sergeant York (1941)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 11, 2013 From 4 Star Films

Starring a wonderful cast including Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, and Joan Leslie with director Howard Hawks, this is a feel-good film. Alvin C. York (Cooper) lives in a small town in Tennessee where he works hard but also drinks a lot. Over time however he becomes a devout Christian and falls for a ... Read full article


Sergeant York

By Alyson on Mar 31, 2011 From The Best Picture Project

I hate to make this comparison, but you know that film within Inglorious Basterds, Nation?s Pride? ?Today, this seems like the friendlier, American version, only instead of two hours of just patriotic shooting, we get the true story of a young man from rural Tennessee reformed by hard work and relig... Read full article


Sergeant York(1941).

By Dawn on Feb 18, 2011 From Noir and Chick Flicks

Sergeant York(1941). Biographical film about the life of Alvin York, the most-decorated American soldier of World War I. It was directed by Howard Hawks. The film was adapted by Harry Chandlee, Abem Finkel, John Huston, Howard Koch, and Sam Cowan (uncredited) from the diary of Alvin York as edited b... Read full article


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Quotes from

Gracie Williams: Folks say you're no good, 'ceptin' for fighting and hell-raising.


[Alvin puts a handful of dirt onto a plate at the table and pushes it toward his mother]
Mother York: That there's bottom land soil, ain't it? Queer how the folks on the bottom looks down on the folks on the top. It was always that way. No changin' it!
Alvin: I'm gonna *get* us a piece of bottom land!
Mother York: Your pa set out to get a piece of bottom land once. Nary a man ever tried any harder! Liked to *kill* hisself tryin'!


Mother York: Don't rightly know, Child. Don't rightly know.


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Facts about

The film turned out to be a highly accurate representation of history, mainly because of the studio's fear of lawsuits. Alvin C. York and several of the townsmen in Tennessee, including the pastor who counseled him, refused to sign releases unless the film was portrayed accurately.
When informed that Hollywood wanted to make a film about his exploits in World War I, Alvin C. York insisted that only Gary Cooper could play him. At almost 40 years of age Cooper was actually too old to play York - who was not quite 30 at the time of the battle - and York was informed of this, but he insisted that if Cooper couldn't play him, he would not allow the film to be made.
Principal photography occurred between February and late April 1941. The film was criticized by pacifists for its pro-war stance.
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