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

Director:

Gary Ross

Writers:

Gary Ross (screenplay by), Leonard Hartman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew McConaughey ... Newton Knight
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ... Rachel
Mahershala Ali ... Moses
Keri Russell ... Serena
Christopher Berry ... Jasper Collins
Sean Bridgers ... Will Sumrall
Jacob Lofland ... Daniel
Thomas Francis Murphy ... Elias Hood
Bill Tangradi ... Lt. Barbour
Brian Lee Franklin ... Davis Knight
Kerry Cahill ... Mary / Yeoman Farmer
Joe Chrest ... James Eakins
Jessica Collins ... Annie
Donald Watkins ... Wilson
Jill Jane Clements ... Aunt Sally
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Storyline

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. See more »


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Free State of Jones See more »

Filming Locations:

Jones County, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,772,000, 26 June 2016

Gross USA:

$20,758,378, 22 July 2016
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1.85 : 1
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During the montage sequence of photos of the fall of Vicksburg, one of the photos shows the Dunker Church which was the Battle of Antietam in September 1862. See more »

Quotes

Ward: What are you doin', nigger? That ain't for you. Put it back. Put it back, nigger.
Moses: How you ain't?
WardMoses: What?
Moses: I said, how you ain't?
Ward: How I ain't what?
Newton Knight: What he says, Ward, is how you ain't a nigger. I mean, they just pick cotton for 'em. You-You was willin' to get killed for 'em
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Battle Cry of Freedom
Written by George Frederick Root
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A nice piece of American History!
18 September 2016 | by thmearSee 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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