Copperhead 2013 PG-13 CC

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This historical drama shows the American Civil War from an intimate, heart-breaking perspective. Copperhead is the Civil War's untold story.

Starring:
Billy Campbell, Peter Fonda
Runtime:
2 hours 1 minute

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Copperhead

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Genres Drama
Director Ronald F. Maxwell
Starring Billy Campbell, Peter Fonda
Supporting actors Casey Thomas Brown, Billy Campbell, Mary Fay Coady, Josh Cruddas, Ryan Doucette, Brian Downey, Ryan Drost, Rod Ernest, Peter Fonda, Scott Horton, Brian Jamieson, Walter Learning, Stephen LeBail, Daniel Lillford, Angus Macfadyen, Ciarán MacGillivray, Wally MacKinnon, Colm Magner
Studio Swordspoint Productions
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
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A great movie, good acting, beautiful scenery.
Richard G. Williams, Jr.
I think history of the civil war in the modern sense is very predictable in that many feel the war was necessary and justified.
Andrew Katherman
With all the advertising on facebook, one would think it would be highly rated.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Steven Hancock on July 3, 2013
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Filmmaker Ronald F. Maxwell is considered by some to be the foremost cinematic interpreter of the American Civil War. With his last two films, "Gettysburg" and "Gods and Generals," Maxwell has given us a glimpse at the heroism and sacrifice of men and women on the battlefields. With these films, he has examined how good, ethical, and moral people, could choose to go to war for what they believed in. Now, with his latest foray into the era, he has chosen to examine the opposite spectrum: how good people could choose not to go to war, or show support for the conflict. The idea of speaking out against war, even when it is not popular to do so, lies at the heart of his latest endeavor: "Copperhead."

Based on the novel by Harold Frederic, "Copperhead" is different from about every other American historical film set in the era of the Civil War. The film is set in a small community in upstate New York, far away from the horrors of war. Yet, the conflict being waged far south is being felt here as well. The central character of the story is Abner Beech (Billy Campbell, "The Rocketeer," AMC's "The Killing"), a farmer who is against the war Abraham Lincoln and the Republicans are waging. He, along with his adopted son Jimmy (Josh Cruddas) and an Irish immigrant, are labeled "copperheads" for their stance against the war. His views alienate him from the community, including Jee Hagadorn (Angus MacFayden, "Braveheart"), a righteous man who supports the war, and abolition, wholeheartedly, and not caring about the thousands of men who are fighting and dying, as long as they achieve victory.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Katherman on August 12, 2013
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I think history of the civil war in the modern sense is very predictable in that many feel the war was necessary and justified. This movie - based on the 19th Century book by Harold Frederic - takes a different look at the effects of the Civil War in the North. There are many myths about popularity of the war in the North as well as the support Lincoln had there. Yet, few know how Lincoln cracked down on those who opposed the war in the North or that 300 newspapers were shut down. I appreciated how this movie personalized the effects of war and examined unseen effects of the War through a different perspective. Both Billy Campbell and Angus Macfadyen give compelling performances in this movie

I give this movie 4 stars instead of 5 for a few reasons. One, it moved a bit slow and I felt more character development was needed to really draw out the theme.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Richard G. Williams, Jr. on July 5, 2013
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A great movie, good acting, beautiful scenery. The film reveals a much overlooked aspect of the Civil War - yankees who were Southern sympathizers. Though opposed to slavery, the main character thought it best to let the South go and that Lincoln did not have the constitutional authority to make war on citizens. Well worth seeing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By zerolagtime on July 16, 2013
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Battle movies are interesting, but battle scenes and the politics behind them have been beat to death. Copperhead is a refreshing change of pace, focusing on the culture of a small New York town struggling to determine whether they want their sons to go off to war to fight for someone who has never personally harmed them.
From a film perspective, this was pretty well done. Every character had just the right amount of depth. Lighting and other camera work was all done superbly. Costume design was done pretty well except for one part where two actors appear on screen looking 90% identical - keep your eyes peeled to keep it straight. The story is well told, with pacing going very appropriately. If you're only going to watch this movie once, remember that Jimmy is adopted. It isn't a key fact but will distract you from the main story if you don't know it.
From a digital movie perspective, Amazon charged $7 for 7 days to rent when I'd rather get $2 for 2 days. Little long for my taste. But what killed me is that this $7 rental had the worst compression settings. Scenes with smoke were unbearable and very, very distracting. Every other scene had distracting blocks from the compression. I've seen pirate rips of theater showings that looked better than this constant bitrate encoding. The HD version was $10 for the same time frame. Given that there are no high-action scenes in this movie, why not just do the HD version for $7? I really enjoyed the movie, but Amazon's treatment of the digital encoding irritated me enough to drop it a star.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T.E.Compton on July 2, 2013
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There have been plenty of movies made about the major historical events and characters of the war. What has not been nearly as well addressed, is the impact the war had the regular people who lived through it. This picture takes us into a community ripped apart by polarizing political positions and war fever fueled by patriotism and religious zeal. What happens to a community when being "right" is more important than doing what is right, particularly for one's neighbors? I think this movie does an admirable job highlighting the answer to that very question. Copperhead, in my estimation, is a lovely continuation of the other films that Ron Maxwell has directed on this subject.
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