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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 ... 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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WHAT FUN YOU'LL HAVE...AND WHAT A FAMILY! YOU'LL FEEL AS IF YOU ARE A PART OF IT...OR WOULD LIKE TO BE! (re-release print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Originally released without screenwriting credit due to blacklisting of Michael Wilson; credits restored in 1996. See more »

Goofs

When the two Rebel scouts come upon the creek, and one of them rides into the water, the light from a reflector panel becomes clearly visible across his face. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Waldo Quigley: I want you to know, sir, I honor your prejudices - -um, uh, convictions.
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Connections

Referenced in Boy Meets World: Friendly Persuasion (1998) See more »

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Coax Me a Little
(1956)
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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A real picture in a film (see the technique in the opening); what a sympathetic and sweet way to see US Civil War. Unforgettable !!!
12 May 1999 | by cinefajbSee all my reviews

This is a genuine masterpiece of the great William Wyler. Perhaps the most careful director of all time Hollywood history. Only his hands could do so. An incomparable director. After 43 years still a freshly and delicious picture, a real portrait of sensibility !


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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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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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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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