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Friendly Persuasion (1975)

During the Civil War, a Quaker couple risks their lives by helping runaway slaves.


Joseph Sargent


Jessamyn West (books), William P. Wood


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Credited cast:
Richard Kiley ... Jess Birdwell
Shirley Knight ... Eliza Birdwell
Clifton James ... Sam Jordan
Michael O'Keefe ... Josh Birdwell
Kevin O'Keefe Kevin O'Keefe ... Labe
Tracie Savage Tracie Savage ... Mattie
Sparky Marcus Sparky Marcus ... Little Jess
Paul Benjamin ... Swan Stebeney
Erik Holland Erik Holland ... Enoch
Maria Grimm Maria Grimm ... Lily Truscott
Bob Minor ... Burk
Gus Peters
Twila Pollard Twila Pollard ... Farmer's Wife
Walter Scott
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Art Ellison


During the Civil War, a Quaker couple risks their lives by helping runaway slaves.

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Release Date:

18 May 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Except for Me and Thee See more »

Filming Locations:

Jackson, Missouri, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Version of Friendly Persuasion (1956) See more »

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21 June 2016 | by ben-gosling1944See all my reviews

There is now a 14-minute clip of this film on youtube. The story cannot have taken place during the Civil War because it is about moving the fugitive slaves ahead of their pursuers from the south, which obviously stopped when hostilities commenced. 'Except for Me and Thee' is a prequel of 'The Friendly Persuasion' and describes how Jess and Eliza had first arrived in Indiana.

Because it looks more serious,I think that this 1975 film looks more promising than the 1956 one, which was largely poking fun at the Friends, and has loud music almost constantly intruding. In both films the men are dressed in black, which was discouraged by Friends during most of their history, though changes came in Victorian times. Jessamyn West's book 'To See the Dream' describes the making of the 1956 film and the struggles she had to keep the best bits. Highly recommended. 2017: I have finally obtained a DVD of this 1975 film from TrueTVMovies@yahoo.com, cost £26 inc.p&p to UK. Interesting, exciting and worth watching if Quaker history is your thing. A violent scene near the end. As usual, being teetotal is regarded as fundamental to Quakers but in the 1850s (when this is set) it was a new idea and many never complied.

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