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
Among the many extras in the film is a man by the name of Christopher David McKnight, who is an actual descendant of the main character Newt Knight, played by Matthew McConaughey. Newt Knight is Christopher's great-great-great-grandfather and is from Lake Charles, LA. He heard the buzz about the film early on in its production and submitted his name to be considered as an extra in the movie. See more »
While showing Rachel how to shoot, Newton Knight refers to the front sight as a "BB." BB guns didn't exist until 1900. However, the name "BB" stands for "ball bearing", which were used for shotgun loads even before the Civil War, so this may have been accurate. In addition, "BB" is the name of the size of shotgun buckshot measuring .18 inches; again something that was in use at the time. See more »
[about new voting rights law]
It ain't just for us, all right? It is for everybody. Black, white, rich, poor. It's for our oppressors who don't even know what's good for 'em yet. It's for everybody who came before us who couldn't even read this ballot. It's for our children, who, Lord willin', won't have to shed blood for it like we have. And it's for their children, and their children's children.
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9.25 of 10. The many shades of slave and involuntary servitude come to light in this story. A film that's true enough that it deserves to be something shown to students to help their interest and expand their understanding of American history, but too gruesome, violent, and explicit in language for the typical school.
It may also be a little too quiet and slow moving for some, but the depth to which the film explores obscure American Civil War facts and events, both during and after, makes one curiouser and curiouser to see where it goes.
This is a rare film that you can watch a trailer of, or not, and not have it ruin the film. In fact, it would be very difficult to anyone to write a spoiler for this. It's also something you want to watch from beginning to end, or at least until the credits shift to white text on black. It may not be the ideal theater film, but it definitely is worthy of a hard copy for your book/DVD shelf.
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