Sergeant York

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Released 1941

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Director:
Howard Hawks
Released:
1941
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Sergeant York is the 1941 historical war drama that has become a respected classic, from one of the premiere entertainers of his or any day, director Howard Hawks (Rio Bravo, Only Angels Have Wings, Red River, His Girl Friday). Drunken hillbilly Alvin C. York (Gary Cooper, The Fountainhead) is the sharpest shooter in his Tennessee town, but he doesn't want to fight, after World War I breaks out. With bushy-eyebrowed parson Rosier Pile (Walter Brennan, To Have and Have Not, The Real McCoys, Rio Bravo) as a sponsor, York seeks to become a 'conscientious objector.' Older man York has a hankerin' for nubile young Gracie Williams (Joan Leslie); he wants to buy some land and settle down with her, but is drafted. In the United States Army, a sobered and saved York is reluctant to kill nasty Germans, due to his strong Christian beliefs. Can "Uncle Sam" make Alvin a real warrior?

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Drama

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Military & War, Biography, Historical