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Friendly Persuasion (1956)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1956 Wide


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Movie Info

This film is set in Indiana in the early days of the Civil War. Jess Birdwell is the patriarch of a Quaker family. Birdwell's son wishes to adhere to his family's pacifism but is afraid that if he doesn't sign up for military service, he'll prove to be a coward.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western , Drama , Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Wilson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 5, 2000
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


as Jess Birdwell

as Eliza Birdwell

as Josh Birdwell

as Widow Hudspeth

as Little Jess

as Mattie Birdwell

as Sam Jordan

as Gard Jordan

as Professor Quigley

as Elder Purdy

as Army Major

as Emma, Quaker Woman

as Widow Hudspeth's Dau...

as Widow Hudspeth's Dau...

as Widow Hudspeth's Dau...

as Bushwhacker

as Rebel Soldier

as Rebel Lieutenant

as Rebel Captain

as Shooting Gallery Ope...

as Young Girl Elizabeth

as Businessman

as Mrs. Purdy

as Minister

as Ex-Sergeant

as Old Lady

as Young Husband

as Shell Game Man

as Soldier

as Reb Courier

as Young Rebel

as Mrs. Purdy

as Country Woman

as Poor Loser

as Poor Loser

as Billy Goat

as Manager

as Haskell

as Shooting Gallery Ope...

as Ex-Sergeant

as Lemonade Vendor
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Critic Reviews for Friendly Persuasion

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Exceptional Civil War-set story of religious differences.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

In Wyler's Civil War drama, Gary Cooper's most popular film of the 1950s, the star plays his quinessential role, a pacifist family man who needs to probe his soul before using physical violence.

Full Review… | February 6, 2008

Heartwarming account of Quakers during the Civil War

February 11, 2005
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Friendly Persuasion

This movie is very predictable, and sometimes boring, but the drama is pretty intense, especially towards the end, and there are good actors in this movie too.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

Lovely small quite film

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Gary Cooper brings his usual dull self into a film about a righteous man who doesn't want to do battle during the Civil War. It likely would have been picked up a notch if a Gregory Peck had have been chosen. Instead we must endure.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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