Friendly Persuasion

TitleFriendly Persuasion
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1956
AuthorsWyler, William
Running Time2h 17min
Date Released11/25/1956
DistributorAllied Artists
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

The patriarch of a peace-loving Quaker family, Jess Birdwell (Gary Cooper), begins to question his pacifist values when the American Civil War (1861–1865) moves toward his close-knit Indiana community. Meanwhile, Jess's daughter, Mattie, is in love with a soldier, and her brother, Josh (Anthony Perkins), contemplates picking up arms to defend his home lest he be considered a coward. As Confederate forces draw nearer, the Birdwells must make some difficult, life-altering decisions.

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