Howard Hawks / USA 1941 / 2h14m / 35mm
Cast: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie, George Tobias, Stanley Ridges.
An interesting watch in light of the recent release of Mel Gibson's 'Hacksaw Ridge', 'Sergeant York' is based on the true story of a deeply religious pacifist who became a much-decorated WWI hero. This is Howard Hawks' most 'respectable' and most artistically conventional major film, with the Oscar-winning Gary Cooper in engagingly relaxed form as the country boy who goes to war after feeling cheated out of some farmland. Hawks deftly charts his transformation from pacifist to soldier.