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This is a story about family relationships, set in the time before and during the American Civil War. Ethan Wilkins is a poor and honest man who ministers to the human soul, while his son Jason yearns to be a doctor, helping people in the earthly realm. It is a rich story about striving for excellence, the tension of father-son rebellion, and the love of a mother that can never die. Written by
President Lincoln quotes from William Shakespeare's "As You Like It": "Blow, blow, thou winter wind. / Thou art not so unkind / As man's ingratitude [...] / Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky, / That dost not bite so nigh / As benefits forgot..." (Act II. Scene 7) See more »
Rev. Ethan Wilkins:
[after Jason has rejected and mocked the old black coat that sister Clarke has donated him]
Pride... Pride and selfishness. They're out of place in our family, Jason. Unless you conquer them they're going to make you unhappy, and those who love you unhappy, too. All you seem to think about is that "doctor book."
Well, suppose I do? I'd rather save bodies than souls any day!
Rev. Ethan Wilkins:
I'm sorry you said that, son. Sorry you mistake that cold frankness of yours for courage. Come outside, please.
Now, wait a...
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I found this movie very heartwarming as I am a big fan of Jimmy Stewart. I wish movies were still made like this - with heart. It can be all to true to raise a son or daughter who grow up and they kind of forget about their parents. While I admit there are some rather cheesy parts I'd rather watch that than some of the crap that comes out of Hollywood these days! As a mother myself, the parts where she is basically giving her very last dime to send to her son were all too true. What mother would not give everything she had to give her children if she though they needed it? When the son talks to Abraham Lincoln (yes, I believe that was a little far fetched) but I could see a mother writing, believing her son dead, as that could be the only explanation as to why he has not written. All in all this movie was very heartwarming!! I guess to watch it you have to have a heart!
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