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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, runaway slaves, and women in an uprising against the corrupt local Confederate government.



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Will Sumrall
Elias Hood
Lt. Barbour
Davis Knight
Mary / Yeoman Farmer
James Eakins
Aunt Sally


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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Release Date:

24 June 2016 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,572,206 (USA) (24 June 2016)


$20,758,378 (USA) (22 July 2016)

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Matthew McConaughey's and Jacob Lofland's second film together after Mud (2012). See more »


Numerous continuity errors involving the percussion locks on the firearms. Rifles and pistols go from uncocked to half-cocked to fully cocked and back to uncocked, then are shown being cocked by the character. See more »


Newton Knight: [eulogizing] These boys... These young men... They was your friends, your cousins, your brothers and your kin. But to those soldiers who didn't know 'em, they was just niggers. They was just somebody else's nigger. So somehow, some way or sometime, everybody is just somebody else's nigger. Mr. Moses, are you a nigger?
Moses: No, I'm not.
Newton Knight: What are you?
Moses: A free man, captain.
Newton Knight: Well, why's that?
Moses: 'Cause you cannot own a child of God.
Newton Knight: No, you cannot, can you? You can own a horse, you can own a mule or cow or ...
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July 1863 / Loyalty Oath
feat Tim Fain, Caitlin Sullivan, Hideaki Aomori, Cj Camerieri, Shawn Conley' & Shawn Pelton'
Composed by Nicholas Britell
© (P) 2016 STX Recordings, LLC., under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment
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Several great scenes, scattered throughout a meandering (and very depressing) historical fiction tale.
20 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'FREE STATE OF JONES': Three and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

The new Civil War drama flick, starring Matthew McConaughey and directed by Gary Ross (who also helmed 'THE HUNGER GAMES', 'PLEASANTVILLE' and 'SEABISCUIT'). Ross also co-wrote the movie, with first time feature screenwriter Leonard Hartman. The film is loosely based on the life of Newton Knight; who lead a resistance group, of deserters and slaves, against the local Confederate Government (during the Civil War). It also costars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell and Jacob Lofland (who also costarred with McConaughey in 2012's outstanding 'MUD'). The film received poor reviews from critics, and it also bombed at the Box Office. I found it to be good, but somewhat disappointing as well.

The film is set during the Civil War, and it tells the story of Newton Knight (McConaughey). Knight was a Southern farmer, who deserted the army and fled into the Mississippi swamps (in Jones County). There he befriended several runaway slaves, and later lead a militia (of other deserters and slaves) against the corrupt local government. The movie is a fictional account of his dramatic adventures.

The film has several great scenes, scattered throughout a meandering (and very depressing) historical fiction tale. It's either too long, or the producers cut too much out of the movie; because (either way) the film's pacing is severely off. It does have many exciting action scenes though, some hard-hitting drama, and some inspiring rebellious moments. McConaughey (once again) gives a great performance, and Ross's direction is decent. The script and editing could have used a little more work though.

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