1941, 134 mins. 35mm. With Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan. One of Hawks’s biggest commercial successes, and released just months before Pearl Harbor, this stirring drama recounts the life story of a pacifist farmer (Cooper) who gets drafted in World War I and becomes a celebrated war hero. Real-life World War I hero Alvin C. York insisted on Gary Cooper to star in this biopic, a role for which Cooper won an Academy Award.
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