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25 November 1956 (USA) See more »
The story of a family of Quakers in Indiana in 1862. Their religous sect is strongly opposed to violence and war... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gary Cooper ... Jess Birdwell

Dorothy McGuire ... Eliza Birdwell

Anthony Perkins ... Josh Birdwell
Richard Eyer ... Little Jess Birdwell
Robert Middleton ... Sam Jordan
Phyllis Love ... Mattie Birdwell

Peter Mark Richman ... Gard Jordan (as Mark Richman)
Walter Catlett ... Professor Quigley

Richard Hale ... Purdy
Joel Fluellen ... Enoch
Theodore Newton ... Major Harvey
John Smith ... Caleb Cope
Edna Skinner ... Opal Hudspeth
Marjorie Durant ... Pearl Hudspeth
Frances Farwell ... Ruby Hudspeth
Samantha the Goose ... Herself
Marjorie Main ... The Widow Hudspeth
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Anderson ... Poor Loser Dunked by Jess (uncredited)

Edward Andrews ... Soldier (uncredited)
Irvin Ashkenazy ... Farmer (uncredited)
Nick Borgani ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Quaker (uncredited)
Bob Burns ... Dancer at Carnival (uncredited)
Mary Carr ... Emma - Quaker Woman (uncredited)
Noble 'Kid' Chissel ... Barker (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Operator (uncredited)
Cecil Combs ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)
John Compton ... Rebel Lieutenant (uncredited)
Chuck Courtney ... Reb Courier (uncredited)

John Craven ... Band Leader (uncredited)
Billy Curtis ... Midget at County Fair (uncredited)
Charles Delaney ... Drinker (uncredited)
John Dierkes ... Farmer (uncredited)
James Dobson ... Rebel Soldier (uncredited)
Billy Engle ... Small Role (uncredited)
Duke Fishman ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)

Robert Fuller ... Youthful Soldier at Shooting Gallery (uncredited)
Ralph Gamble ... Medicine Man (uncredited)
Richard Garland ... Rebel Bushwhacker Grabbed by Jess (uncredited)
Everett Glass ... Brother Amos - Elder (uncredited)
James Goodwin ... Coward (uncredited)
Herman Hack ... Quaker (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Lemonade Vendor (uncredited)
Charles Halton ... Brother Cope - Elder (uncredited)
Ron Hargrave ... Farmer (uncredited)
Harry Hines ... County Fair Barker (uncredited)
Earle Hodgins ... Shooting Gallery Operator (uncredited)
Jean Inness ... Mrs. Purdy (uncredited)
Tom Irish ... Young Rebel (uncredited)
Jack Isbell ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Mary Jackson ... Country Woman (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Frank Jenks ... Shell Game Man (uncredited)
Diane Jergens ... Elizabeth - Quaker Girl (uncredited)
Leroy Johnson ... Forager (uncredited)
Dick Johnstone ... Quaker (uncredited)
King Karlo ... Fire Eater (uncredited)
Don Kennedy ... Buster - Whacked by Eliza (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Billy Goat's Manager (uncredited)
Wright King ... Forager (uncredited)
Helen Kleeb ... Old Lady (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... Quaker (uncredited)

Norman Leavitt ... Clem - Looter (uncredited)

Nelson Leigh ... Methodist Minister (uncredited)
Tom London ... Farmer on Front Line with Gard (uncredited)
Jack Macy ... Small Role (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)

Doug McClure ... Soldier (uncredited)
Jack McClure ... Union Soldier (uncredited)
Tyler McVey ... Farmer (uncredited)
Dennis Moore ... Farmer (uncredited)
Ralph Moratz ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Charles Morton ... Farmer (uncredited)
James O'Hara ... Forager (uncredited)
Murray Parker ... Sword Swallower (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)
John Pickard ... Ex-Sergeant on Front Line with Josh (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Ivan Rasputin ... Billy Goat - Wrestling Challenger (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Farmer (uncredited)
Henry Rowland ... O'Hara (uncredited)
Ralph Sanford ... Businessman (uncredited)

William Schallert ... Young Husband (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Quaker (uncredited)
James Seay ... Rebel Captain (uncredited)
Russell Simpson ... Brother Griffith - Elder (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Jack Sterling ... Rebel (uncredited)
Frank Sully ... Rebel Looter (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Supply Sergeant (uncredited)

Joe Turkel ... Poor Loser (uncredited)
William Vedder ... Farmer (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Glen Walters ... Dancer at Carnival (uncredited)
Steve Warren ... Haskell (uncredited)
Hart Wayne ... Farmer (uncredited)
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Directed by
William Wyler 
Writing credits
Jessamyn West (book)

Jessamyn West  contributing writer (uncredited)
Michael Wilson  screenplay (originally uncredited)

Produced by
Robert Wyler .... associate producer
William Wyler .... producer
Harry F. Hogan .... assistant producer (uncredited)
Walter Mirisch .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Ellsworth Fredericks (director of photography) (as Ellsworth Fredricks)
Film Editing by
Robert Belcher (film editor) (as Robert A. Belcher)
Edward A. Biery (film editor) (as Edward A. Biery Jr.)
Robert Swink (film editor)
Art Direction by
Ted Haworth  (as Edward S. Haworth)
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish  (as Joe Kish)
Costume Design by
Dorothy Jeakins (costume design)
Makeup Department
Agnes Flanagan .... hair stylist (as Agnes Flanigan)
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist
Glenn Cavender .... makeup (uncredited)
John G. Holden .... makeup (uncredited)
Production Management
Allen K. Wood .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Austen Jewell .... assistant director
Claude Binyon Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
Thomas Carr .... second unit director (uncredited)
William O'Donnell .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Tom Plews .... properties (as Tommy Plews)
James West .... construction supervisor (as Jimmy West)
Sound Department
Ralph Butler .... recording engineer
Del Harris .... sound editor
Gordon R. Glennan .... sound recordist: Westrex Sound Services (uncredited)
Gordon Sawyer .... sound recordist: Samuel Goldwyn Studio Sound Department (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Augie Lohman .... special effects (as August Lohman)
Charles Duncan .... special effects (uncredited)
Hank Moreland .... special effects (uncredited)
Hank Morland .... special effects (uncredited)
Tap Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
John Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Leroy Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Slim Talbot .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Rennahan .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Al St. Hilaire .... stills (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bert Henrikson .... wardrobe
Norman Martien .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Sid Mintz .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Adolph Seidel .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Hal Ashby .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Richard C. Harris .... music editor
Dimitri Tiomkin .... music conducted by
Jack Dumont .... musician (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert Taylor .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert Gary .... set continuity
Clarence Marks .... consultant
Richard Maybery .... production assistant
Stuart Millar .... assistant to the producer
Jessamyn West .... technical advisor
Cosmo Genovese .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Harry F. Hogan .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Richard Michaels .... assistant script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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137 min
Color (as De Luxe)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:G | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:K-12 | Norway:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (certificate #17955) | West Germany:12

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Gary Cooper initially turned the film down because he didn't believe the American public would accept him as a devout Quaker father.See more »
Continuity: When Jess places the butt of the rifle on the ground after letting the Confederate soldier go, the trigger is on the side closest to him in the long shot. In the close shot, the trigger is on the side of the rifle away from him.See more »
Jess Birdwell:I'm just his father, Eliza, not his conscience. A man's life ain't worth a hill of beans except he lives up to his own conscience.See more »
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19 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Quakers handling the Civil War, 26 October 2003
Author: smithy-8 from New Jersey

"Friendly Persuasion" is the second best movie about the Civil War. "Gone With The Wind" is the first. This movie is about the Quakers living in Indiana in 1862 and how they are trying to cope with the Civil War. They live a peaceful life until the war happens in their backyard and they must decide whether to fight or follow their religion and sit back.

The Quaker family consists of: Jess Birdwell, head of the family (Gary Cooper); his wife, Eliza, a Quaker minister (Dorothy McGuire); two sons, and a daughter. The rest of the cast was perfect. This is my favorite of Gary Cooper's movies. The whole family can enjoy it.

The movie received many Academy Award nominations except for Gary Cooper and Dorothy McGuire as best actor and best actress. My favorite character is the Widow Hudspeth (Marjorie Main). Widow Hudspeth is similar to Ma Kettle. It must have been hard for Gary Cooper to keep a straight face when working with Marjorie Main. They were both funny and delightful together. Ms. Main made one more movie and retired in 1957; she refused to do television because the pace was too fast.

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