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Sergeant York [DVD] [1941]

  • SKU: 8041996
  • Release Date: 11/07/2006
  • Rating: NR

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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

    Special Features

    • 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 & Français
    • Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)


    Sergeant York
    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, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Gary Cooper
      Gary Cooper - Sgt. Alvin C. York
    • Walter Brennan
      Walter Brennan - Pastor Rosier Pile
    • Joan Leslie
      Joan Leslie - Gracie Williams
    • Ward Bond
      Ward Bond - Ike Botkin
    • Margaret Wycherly
      Margaret Wycherly - Mother York

    Customer rating

    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      based off a true story

      • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

      The fact that Gary Cooper was in this film is a big contributing factor to all the praise that this film has received. For years, and I mean YEARS, I have been trying to find this movie on DVD. It finally came out and I bought it immediately. The weird thing is is that I hardly ever get to watch it because I loan it out to so many people who have never seen it before. Of all the great black and white movies, this one is way up there.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      it's the best black & white ever


      Alvin York and his mother were played by two great actors. This movie is an art piece. We love it. It doesn't beat around the bush like many war movies. I really get into it and feel his sadness, and his concerns about killing in this war. I'm glad I have this film in my collection.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Patriotic story

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      We visited Sergeant York's home site in Pall Mall, Tn after watching this movie for the first time. He was an amazing man, and this was an amazing fact based story about a WWI American hero! Highly recommend it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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