Sullivan's Travels

Sullivan's Travels
Sullivan's Travels
  • NR
  • 1h 30m
  • 1942
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Joel McCrea and sultry Veronica Lake star in this starkly realistic yet highly humorous satire from Oscar®-winning writer-director Preston Sturges. McCrea plays successful Hollywood director John L. Sullivan, an idealist who believes you can't accurately direct a screen tragedy unless you live it first. Disguising himself as a bum, Sullivan sets off to see America from the bottom up. Along the way he befriends a beautiful but cynical stray (Veronica Lake), and learns about the cruelty of life among the less fortunate. In the midst of the brutality and despair, the young director makes a valuable discovery - that what the downtrodden need most is laughter. Hailed by critics as Preston Sturges' masterpiece, Sullivan's Travels reveals the wonderful insight and artistry of one of Hollywood's finest directors.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Variety Staff

Sturges' dialog is trenchant, has drive, possesses crispness and gets the laughs where that is des...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Geoff Andrew

Sullivan's Travels is a gem, an almost serious comedy not taken entirely seriously, with wonderful...

June 21, 2017
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Donald J. Levit

Hard-nosed, farcical, tender, critical, satirical, elitist and populist all at once.

June 25, 2017
Eric Melin

... the movie road-trips from its scripter's typical cynicality to finding an assured kind of reso...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Brainy Hollywood classic about importance of comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this comedy classic opens with a bloody murder scene that's just a prank on the viewer, and isn't indicative of the rest of the film. Later, a character gets robbed and beaten, though not much is shown, and another character dies when he's run over by a train offscreen. Non-explicit references to sex. Several main characters smoke cigarettes and refer to drinking. Some African-American characters border on comic stereotypes, though these depictions are paired with a dignified all-black church sequence near the end. A child leads a crazy, reckless vehicle chase in his souped-up go-kart.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:January 1, 1942
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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