Somewhat fictionalized account of the life and war service of Alvin York, who went from humble beginnings to being one of the most celebrated American servicemen to fight in World War I. As depicted in the film, Alvin turned to religion when he was struck by lightning during one of his drunken outings. Alvin took his newfound religion seriously claiming to be a conscientious objector when receiving his draft notice. When that was refused, he joined the infantry where he served with valor, capturing a large number of Germans and saving the lives of many of his men who were under heavy fire.Written by
When Alvin steps off the train upon his return to Tennessee, his sister is seen next to the train to his right, fighting toward him through the crowd, but in the next view she is behind Gracie fighting their way toward Alvin from a distance in front of him. See more »
I ain't a-goin' to war. War's killin', and the book's agin' killin! So war is agin' the book!
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"We are proud to present this picture, and are grateful to the heroic figures, still living, who have generously consented to be portrayed in its story.
To their faith and ours, that a day will come when man will live in peace on earth, this picture is humbly dedicated.
High in the heart of the Cumberland Mountains in Tennessee, lies the Valley of the Three Forks of the Wolf, and here in the spring of the year 1916..." See more »
The Star-Spangled Banner
Music based on "The Anacreontic Song" by John Stafford Smith
Played at the American medal ceremony See more »
Film-making brilliance . . . an absolute classic of the finest order
Many of the best films have portrayed real-life events -- and Sergeant York is no exception. Gary Cooper as Sergeant York delivers an Oscar-winning performance as a Tennessee hillbilly who, for personal and religious reasons, doesn't want to kill anyone and refuses to join the war on the Western Front in WW I. After much soul searching, he eventually dons a uniform and ships out to France. Using uncanny marksmanship skills acquired from years of living in the back woods, he prevents his platoon's position from being overrun by the enemy by methodically mowing down a few dozen German soldiers. One of Sergeant York's secrets to shooting accuracy is wetting down his sights with a bit of saliva to prevent glare. He emerges from the war as a hero, marries his favorite girl, moves into a house given to him by the State of Tennessee as a symbol of their gratitude, and lives happily ever after. Great stuff, and all true. A stunningly moving film that everyone should see.
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