Directed by (who else) Howard Hawks
I never thought I would say this but I am getting sick of Gary Cooper and his Johnny Everyman routine. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood for this movie but it seemed to me to be like Mr. Deeds Goes to War. Also, I am not really into being preached to and also it is Monday. These are all factors that led to me not enjoy this film.
This movie is about a young "pacifist" who becomes a war hero. Actually, if you look as this film in context it is rather interesting because it was released just three months before the US entered WWII but while the war was going on in Europe. I looked up the tagline and it said "timelier today than ever." Still, the interesting historical context doesn't make up for over two hours of boredom. A really good war movie is rousing and inspiring but at the end of the day, why was York even a hero? What the hell was he fighting for???!?!?
First movie that Clint Eastwood ever saw.
York insisted that Gary Cooper play him.
America was mostly isolationist at this point so the studios were worried that the film would not be successful. By the time of the film's release, however, Hitler had taken over most of Europe and that was that.