The tragic story of the Sullivans, five brothers who served together on the cruiser Juneau
in WWII and who were all killed at Guadalcanal, is related in this film that reminded Americans what they were fighting for in 1944. The story begins in the small town of Waterloo, Iowa, when the
Sullivans are boys. Their father, Mitchell, works for the railroad while his wife, Royle, keeps house and tries to keep an eye on their rambunctious boys, who are shown on their childhood small-town rounds, from chores to experiments with smoking. (Mitchell catches them smoking cornsilk and makes
them try cigars instead--they all get sick.) Later, after the boys have grown to ...