Friendly Persuasion
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Friendly Persuasion
Adapted from the best-selling novel by Jessamyn West, Friendly Persuasion is set in Southern Indiana in the early days of the Civil War. Gary Cooper plays Jess Birdwell, patriarch of a Quaker family which does not believe in warfare. Birdwell's son Josh (Anthony Perkins) 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. Josh joins the Home Guard, which disturbs his mother Eliza (Dorothy McGuire). But Jess Birdwell realizes that his son must follow the dictates of his own conscience. Josh proves… More
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"Exceptional Civil War-set story of religious differences."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Warm, gently satiric portrait of a family of the "Friendly persuasion" living in the shadow of the Civil War… does justice neither to Quakerism nor to just-war theory, but its warm affection for its subjects makes it worthwhile viewing."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A big, colorful, entertaining movie that could only have been made in the 1950s."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Heartwarming account of Quakers during the Civil War"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
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