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

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$20,758,378 (USA) (22 July 2016)
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Kensley Keys was the only African American male on the set who is originally from Jones County (Soso, MS), who is a descendant of Newt Knight. Keys also had a featured role as a maroon (Maroon# 4). Kensley had the opportunity to meet Director Gary Ross on set one day after wrapping the battlefield scene. Also, during his first day on the set to be "fitted", Kensley state as he was eating lunch, Matthew McConaughey sat in front of him. Kensley told McConaughey why the movie is so special to him as it is about his family and hometown. See more »

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When Newton Knight and his young cousin Daniel are sheltering in a rifle pit during a battle, a prominent Philip's head screw can be seen holding the parapet of the rifle pit together. The Philip's head screw wasn't invented until the 1930s. See more »

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Newton Knight: Mr. Moses, what are you?
Moses: A free man, captain.
Newton Knight: Sure is.
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The Free State of Jones
By Nicholas Britell, Tim Fain, Caitlin Sullivan
© (P) 2016 STX Recordings, LLC., under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment
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A nice piece of American History!
18 September 2016 | by (Paris) – See all my reviews

A nice piece of American History and probably the best role of the great actor Matthew Mcconaughey.

The Casting is also very good, Specially Gugu Mbatha-Raw or Mahershala Ali (seen in "Hunger Games" or "Predators" in 2010).

Even if some images are really violent, the film keeps a lot of beauty and show the real courage of the mens who decide to fight for the right things.

Don't miss this film under any circumstances!

Much more interesting than the movie "Lincoln" signed by Steven Spielberg and more instructive than " 12 years a slave " of the director Steve McQueen.


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