Friendly Persuasion (1956) | Full Movie

Friendly Persuasion (1956)
  • UR
  • 2h 17m
  • 1956
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A Quaker family's idyllic life is torn by the family members' strong, conflicting beliefs--nonviolence, justice, truth, and respect for individuality--as each confronts the approaching United States Civil War with Friendly Persuasion. Academy Award winner Gary Cooper stars as a father trying to hold his family together and remain true to his deeply held conviction that there is that of God in everyone. For him, it is unthinkable to take the life of any person--but it is equally unthinkable to tolerate slavery. Now, each member of his family must choose between nonviolence and the fight to end slavery as the Civil War comes to their Southern Indiana farm.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

David N. Butterworth

While painting one of the better portraits of Quaker life, the film's sober, Civil War-focused int...

June 25, 2017
Emanuel Levy

In Wyler's Civil War drama, Gary Cooper's most popular film of the 1950s, the star plays his quine...

June 21, 2017
Film Journal International
Daniel Eagan

Heartwarming account of Quakers during the Civil War

June 21, 2017
Decent Films Guide
Steven D. Greydanus

Warm, gently satiric portrait of a family of the "Friendly persuasion" living in the shadow of the...

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Exceptional Civil War-set story of religious differences.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie thoughtfully raises the issue of how someone committed to non-violence responds to a violent world.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Family
  • Release Date:November 25, 1956
  • Highest Available for Purchase:SD

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