Friday, September 26, 2008

Sergeant York

I'd like to say that the story goes like this: grinding poverty drives young man to become killing machine in service to the system that perpetuates his poverty. That would not describe this movie. What happens is that war almost derails a penitent man's redemption by exploiting his killing-machinitude. Great performances all around even in the utterly thankless role of the boot-camp commander who has to mouth the clumsiest speeches about duty this side of the pledge of allegiance.

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