Sergeant York
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The performance of Gary Cooper in the title role holds the picture together magnificently, and even the most unfavorable touches are made palatable because of him."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Moving, memorable, great Warner Bros. biography of WWI hero York, with fine Cooper performance--an Oscar winner."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Setting a precedent by preseting the saga of a celeb sill alive, the Hawks biopic is a tale of transformation of an obscure Tennessee hillbilly into a national hero, thus showing the validity of the democratic credo that heroes are not born but made."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"First-class Hawks biopic on the WWI hero."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The first half is quite good, documenting York's rural upbringing with great simplicity and charm. But the second part -- the war -- degenerates quickly and grotesquely."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Sergeant York brought him Hawks one and only Oscar nomination for Best Director, and it's arguably his least interesting film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Nothing to get upset about, but also not much to get excited about."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Sergeant York is a quadruple 'A' attraction, destined to go many places and leaving complete satisfaction in its wake."
‑ , Boxoffice Magazine
"Even given a nest of flaws, the basic arc works beautifully: Cooper's abashed, aw-shucks demeanor is a perfect fit for the part."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"This is one of those movies where the star appears to have been born to play the role."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"The breathless pace, the good script, and the mostly fine performances made me more forgiving of the dated aspects of this film. Overall, though, it's Gary Cooper's film."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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