Friendly Persuasion
Friendly Persuasion (1956)

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.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1956
DVD Release Date: December 5, 2000
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David N. Butterworth

While painting one of the better portraits of Quaker life, the film's sober, Civil War-focused intentions are constantly undermined by slapstick situations and erstwhile tomfoolery.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Heartwarming account of Quakers during the Civil War

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Exceptional Civil War-set story of religious differences.

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

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.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

A big, colorful, entertaining movie that could only have been made in the 1950s.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
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.
cody franklin
This film is about a family of Quakers who struggle with their beliefs during the Civil War. It's interesting to see how the Quakers lived and their… More
jay nixon
Lovely small quite film
Anthony Valletta
A classic.
John Ballantine
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… More