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Friendly Persuasion (1956)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | 25 November 1956 (USA)
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The pacifist attitude of a Quaker family is tested as a result of the American Civil War.

Director:

William Wyler

Writers:

Jessamyn West (book), Michael Wilson (screenplay)
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Cooper ... Jess Birdwell
Dorothy McGuire ... Eliza Birdwell
Anthony Perkins ... Josh Birdwell
Richard Eyer ... Little Jess Birdwell
Robert Middleton ... Sam Jordan
Phyllis Love Phyllis Love ... Mattie Birdwell
Peter Mark Richman ... Gard Jordan (as Mark Richman)
Walter Catlett ... Professor Quigley
Richard Hale ... Purdy
Joel Fluellen Joel Fluellen ... Enoch
Theodore Newton ... Major Harvey
John Smith ... Caleb Cope
Edna Skinner ... Opal Hudspeth
Marjorie Durant Marjorie Durant ... Pearl Hudspeth
Frances Farwell Frances Farwell ... Ruby Hudspeth
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Storyline

The story of a family of Quakers in Indiana in 1862. Their religous sect is strongly opposed to violence and war. It's not easy for them to meet the rules of their religion in everyday life but when Southern troops pass the area they are in real trouble. Should they fight, despite their peaceful attitide? Written by Olaf Mertens <olafbahg@w210zrz.zrz.tu-berlin.de>

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When You Looked At Jess Birdwell YOU LOOKED UP See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Birdwell Goes to Battle See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,000,000, 31 December 1956
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (as De Luxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

According to her autobiography, Maureen O'Hara was originally cast as Eliza Birdwell. However, she happened to mention it to John Ford, who disliked her. He then called William Wyler and had her removed from the cast. See more »

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During the final battle, a Confederate wagon flips over near the water bank. As the battle continues, the wagon has disappeared. See more »

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Josh Birdwell: I don't want to die. I don't think I could kill anyone if I tried. But I have to try, so long as other people have to.
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Boxoffice Blockbuster
12 February 2004 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

In 1953 Monogram pictures formally changed the name of the whole company to that of their in-house upmarket label Allied Artists. The company created AA in 1947 to upgrade their image and had been quite successfull at it. By the mid 50s with tv eating up boxoffice, the idea of making quality films as often as possible paid off with this film and Invasion Of the Body Snatchers the same year. Also many actors and producers would not work for a Monogram picture but would if it was an AA release. So there, this is how they got William Wyler to come across town and he stayed for a year and also made Love In the Afternoon in 1957. But it was the mega success of FRIENDLY PERSUASION that brought in $10 million in worldwide RENTALS !! springboarding the company into real mini-major status. this was something stablemate Republic tried with The Quiet Man but faded as the 50s went on. AA stayed in business until 1980 and were evetually bought up by Warner bros. Not bad innings for a tiny outfit created in 1931as Monogram. In 1935 they helped create Republic, re established themselves in 1937 and 20 years later saw Republic die out.


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