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Copperhead (2013)

PG-13 | | Drama | 28 June 2013 (USA)
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An Upstate New York family is torn apart during the American Civil War.

Director:

Ron Maxwell (as Ronald F. Maxwell)

Writers:

Harold Frederic (novel), Bill Kauffman (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
François Arnaud ... Warner Pitts
Lucy Boynton ... Esther Hagadorn
Casey Thomas Brown ... Jeff Beech (as Casey Brown)
Billy Campbell ... Abner Beech
Mary Fay Coady Mary Fay Coady ... Janey Wilcox
Josh Cruddas ... Jimmy
Ryan Doucette ... Byron Truax
Brian Downey ... Preacher Taggart
Ryan Drost Ryan Drost ... Dancer
Rod Ernest Rod Ernest ... Driver
Peter Fonda ... Avery
Scott Horton Scott Horton ... Poll Fighter#2
Brian Jamieson ... Roselle Upman
Walter Learning Walter Learning ... Inspector Two
Stephen LeBail Stephen LeBail ... Farmhand
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Storyline

An upstate New York families' clash over their views of the Civil War and the views of the religious towns people comes to a head when Jeff "Tom" Beech volunteers for the Army and word gets back that he is missing. Upon word of his troubles the son of a staunch abolitionist and enemy of the Beech family sets out to find his friend! What happens next will bring a divided community together again.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for an unsettling sequence

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 2013 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,593, 30 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$171,740, 11 August 2013
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Swordspoint Productions See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film marks the third time that director Ron Maxwell has teamed up with cinematographer Kees Van Oostrum. All three projects have been related to the American Civil War. See more »

Quotes

Abner Beech: The way to a woman's heart, boy, ain't by rejecting your own kin and parroting the asinine opinions of her father.
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Good acting but lacking appeal overall
23 July 2013 | by RTTerrySee all my reviews

Copperhead offers an alternative to movies of late, which are inundated with CGI special affects and machine-gun pacing. It is a welcome departure from the current Hollywood format; however that alone does not make it as appealing as it could have been.

Copperhead's storyline development is more suited as a TV mini-series drama, with a strong emphasis on the dialog and drama–period. The acting alone does not save the film, despite the fact the script is exceptional well done and true to the period, as is expected from director Ron Maxwell. After an hour and a half of character development and setting the stage, the final thirty minutes of the movie leaves you wishing there was more to it. The movie ends as it started–relaxed and waiting for something more.

The acting and cinematography is worthy of note, but the screenplay-pacing is not enough to propel the film. A little extra effort and this could have been a classic film.


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