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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.

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Gary Ross

Writers:

Gary Ross (screenplay by), Leonard Hartman (story) | 1 more credit »
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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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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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Rated R for brutal battle scenes and disturbing graphic images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When Newton is teaching Rachel to read, he explains silent 'gh' sound. One of the words he emphasises is 'alright' - McConaughey's infamous catchphrase. See more »

Goofs

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

Newton Knight: I'm gonna die so they can get rich.
Moses: That's why we left too.
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Connections

Featured in The History of Jones County (2016) See more »

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Reconstruction
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Performed by Nicholas Britell, Tim Fain & Rob Moose
© (P) 2016 STX Recordings, LLC., under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment
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Civil Wars for the Rich
29 June 2016 | by in1984See all my reviews

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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,572,206, 26 June 2016

Gross USA:

$20,810,036

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,035,950
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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