Sergeant York (1941) - Rotten Tomatoes

Sergeant York (1941)




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Based on a true WWI story, this film follows a religious Tennessee boy, who is initially opposed to war. York is drafted into the Army, where he realizes that there is indeed justification for fighting. In the course of service, he becomes one of the most decorated heros of WWI.

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Gary Cooper
as Alvin C. York
Walter Brennan
as Pastor Rosier Pile
Dickie Moore
as George York
Charles Trowbridge
as Cordell Hull
David Bruce
as Bert Thomas
Charles Esmond
as German Major
as German Major
Joe Sawyer
as Sgt. Early
Joseph Sawyer
as Sgt. Early
Pat Flaherty
as Sgt. Parsons
Margaret Wycherly
as Mother York
Robert Porterfield
as Zeb Andrews
Erville Alderson
as Nate Tompkins
Frank Wilcox
as Sergeant
Don Douglas
as Capt. Tillman
Lane Chandler
as Cpl. Savage
Frank Marlowe
as Beardsley
Jack Pennick
as Cpl. Cutting
Guy Wilkerson
as Tom Carver
Tully Marshall
as Uncle Lige
Lee "Lasses" White
as Luke, the Target Keeper
Jane Isbell
as Gracie's Sister
Frank Orth
as Drummer
Arthur Ayleswofth
as Marty, Bartender
Rita La Roy
as Saloon Girl
Lucia Carroll
as Saloon Girl
Kay Sutton
as Saloon Girl
Jo Gilbert
as Fat Woman
Joseph W. Girard
as Gen. John Pershing
Elisha Cook Jr.
as Piano Player
William Haade
as Card Player
Jody Gilbert
as Fat Woman
Frank Faylen
as Gunnery Spotter
Murray Alper
as Gunnery Spotter
Selmar Jackson
as Gen. Duncan
Theodore von Eltz
as Prison Camp Commander
Roland Drew
as Officer
Jean Del Val
as Marshal Foch
Selmer Jackson
as Gen. Duncan
George Irving
as Harrison
Edward Keane
as Oscar of the Waldorf
Gig Young
as Soldier
Walter Sande
as Sergeant
Clyde Cook
as British Soldier
Douglas Wood
as New York Spokesman
Si Jenks
as Man at Church
Ray Teal
as Marching Soldier
Kit Guard
as Soldier on Rifle Range
Carl Esmond
as German Major
Frank McGlynn Sr.
as Mountaineer
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Critic Reviews for Sergeant York

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4)

For Gary Cooper the role is made to order.

May 27, 2008 | Full Review…

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.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

January 1, 2000

Gary Cooper delivers a marvelous performance as the acclaimed World War 1 hero in Sergeant York but the film is propaganda of the era.

November 11, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Clearly American wartime propaganda...but Cooper's understated performance grounds the film and delivers some solid emotional moments in a film that desperately needs some tightening.

November 9, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A genuine American classic.

October 16, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sergeant York


Gary Cooper won an Academy Award for his portrayal of the World War 1 soldier who captured 132 German soldiers in action at the Argonne, but Walter Brennan (nominated Best Supporting) does his fair share too. Howard Hawks, the director, keeps out of way of the story of a backwoods roustabout whose life turned around. Good movie experience.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A "simple" Appalachian converts to Christianity and then goes to WWI. There is a scene in which York is struck by lightning, which propels him to "find God." While it purports to be based on a true story, shit like that makes me doubt its veracity. What's worse is the film's treatment of York, who is portrayed without even enough sense to tie his shoes, yet by the end of the film, we're supposed to revere his bravery and conversion from conscientious objector to violence. This characterization - I balk at calling anyone in this film a "character" - not only paints Americans and Appalachians as decidedly anti-intellectual, but it also suggests that Christianity is mutable enough to be jettisoned at the first call of violent duty. Overall, this film is both insulting and ridiculous.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


I liked Sergeant York but wasn't absolutely floored by it. The first half of the movie where York is a hell-raising yokel was entertaining, even if it did feel kind of forced. The second religious half was good even if there weren't enough of the WWI battles I'd expected and storywise it was more interesting, too. I'm not the world's biggest Gary Cooper fan but he was pretty good here. The hickishness of Sergeant York got kind of annoying after awhile but consider the source. Overall, it wasn't what I expected but it was still good.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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