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Free State of Jones (2016)

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A disillusioned Confederate army deserter returns to Mississippi and leads a militia of fellow deserters and women in an uprising against the corrupt local Confederate government.

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Will Sumrall
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Elias Hood
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Lt. Barbour
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Davis Knight
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James Eakins
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Set during the Civil War, Free State of Jones tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War. Written by STX Entertainment

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Based on the incredible true story.


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Rated R for brutal battle scenes and disturbing graphic images | See all certifications »

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24 June 2016 (USA)  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,572,206 (USA) (26 June 2016)

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$20,758,378 (USA) (22 July 2016)
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Rudy H. Leverett's book, "Legend of the Free State of Jones", claims that the citizens of Jones County overwhelmingly supported the Confederacy, and that the Jones County rebellion portrayed in the film has been significantly overstated. See more »

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The sergeant that drops into the trench that Newt and his nephew are hiding in orders everybody to "fix bayonets". Before this order and just in shot, you will see that he has no bayonet fixed then when the scene cuts back to him he does then after another scene switch comes back to him the bayonet is gone again. See more »

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Lt. Barbour: [about little girls aiming guns] They gonna shoot me?
Newton Knight: Last time I checked, the gun don't care who's pulling the trigger.
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Featured in The History of Jones County (2016) See more »

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Voter Supression
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Much better than the critics would have you believe
25 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have always enjoyed movies based on actual events or real people, so I was anticipating going to see this movie. I did a little research on the history it depicts and it was a part of the Civil War that I knew nothing about. I was quite disappointed when the reviews came out and most of the critics rated it very low. If you are looking for a war drama that is non stop action with lots of battles, massive explosions and bloody scenes from start to finish, you will be disappointed. If you like a movie that has good writing, an actual story and good acting, you will like it.

The movie starts pretty much like any Civil War movie with battles, death and bloody bodies, but it progresses past that to the point where some people rebel against the Confederacy for the atrocities they commit against the southern farmers. The story is well told with some actual dates and facts flashed on the screen from time to time which sort of gives it the feel of a documentary. It helps keep things in perspective without being intrusive.

If I had anything to complain about, it would be then length and scope of the film. The movie ran about 2-1/2 hours. At about 2 hours, I thought it was over but then it moved into the Klan, voting intimidation and general mistreatment of the freed slaves as well as having a 100 year tie in to future generation. It was as if they tried to jam these events in to make it more politically acceptable to Hollywood. I just felt that they went beyond what the movie was actually to be about.


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