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Friendly Persuasion (2000)

Gary Cooper , Dorothy Mc Guire , William Wyler  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gary Cooper, Dorothy Mc Guire, Anthony Perkins
  • Directors: William Wyler
  • Producers: William Wyler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Mono), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2000
  • Run Time: 151 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004XMV9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,913 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Friendly Persuasion" on IMDb

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    For two years the Civil War has been elsewhere. Now Confederate forces are nearby, looting and burning. It is time to fight back, Jess Birdwell's neighbors insist. Yet Birdwell, a Quaker, knows there must be a better way to settle things.

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    150 of 155 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Cooper is magnificent July 16, 2000
    Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
    This is a lovely movie, beautifully photographed on location (no phony Hollywood sets here). The performances are stellar throughout, but Gary Cooper is outstanding as the family patriarch. Watch him acting, the subtle shifts in gait, his facial expressions and nuances make him the great star that he was. They don't make 'em like Cooper anymore. Anthony Perkins is also excellent as the vacillating Josh Birdwell, the Quaker boy gone off to fight in the Civil War and Dorothy McGwire is quietly effective. There is much humor throughout the movie, you'll laugh our loud many times.
    This is a great movie for everyone in the family, adults and children alike. "Wholesome" is an old-fashioned concept, this this movie lives up to that billing.
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    99 of 101 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars About Quakers By A Quaker December 18, 2003
    This is my favourite movie and I refer people to it often to explain the Quaker Distinctive of Non-Resistance (pacifism is something different). Based on the book by Jessamine West (who was also the consultant on the set), there are many 'inside' jokes only a Quaker (Friend) would get. Many non-Plain Faith people think we plod peacefully and quietly along through life (refering to noise level and degree of emotions), and that our children are born that way, too. This movie does an excellent job of showing we are all human, laugh, cry, etc., and especially why Quakers (Friends) do not bleieve in 'returning violence for violence done' (one of Dorothy McGuire's lines), why we do not believe in the 'glory' of war (there isn't any), and why we stress the sacredness of all human life. I also like how, when the teenage son (Anthony Perkins) feels compelled to choose differently, his dad reminds the mother (who is not just an Elder, but the Recorded Minsister of the Meeting) that one of the principal beliefs of Friends is each individual being directly responsible for their own actions/decisions to God through their individual consciences. An outstanding movie, with lots to keep you intertained and interested all the way through. Look for the humorous scene with Marjory Main (Ma from the Ma and Pa Kettle movies).
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    105 of 115 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars For Hollywood, Not Bad August 19, 2002
    Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
    There's been a lot of give and take on this movie, questioning how good it is at representing true Quakers, and rightfully so. But as a member of Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends, I enjoyed it. It is fairly well acted, and full of humor. It also is probably the best one can expect from Hollywood as far as accuracy.

    The humor itself is very revealing, often circling around the tendency now, and especially during the Civil War, for Friends to lapse into legalism- such as in issues of dancing, gambling, singing, and racing- in their attempt to truly follow the Spirit and the Word. The movie also accurately represents the wide range of views that Friends had in response to taking up arms in the Civil War (and again in the World Wars), with some choosing to fight and some to nonviolently resist. It brings up the interesting questions of how to respond to one's son who chooses to kill another human, when one wants to honor the child's ability to listen to God.

    There are other glimmers of philosophy: the difference between militancy and militarism, as displayed by one strong-feeling pacifist Quaker at the beginning; some wonderful nonviolent action practiced by Gary Cooper and his wife upon each other. She doesn't want an organ in the house, so sleeps in the barn until he removes it. He responds by putting the organ in the house, and then going to sleep in the barn along side her, coming along with her suffering. The end result is compromise, because of the love shown in strong conviction.

    I would have liked to see stronger convictions displayed by the Quakers represented. It does seem that too many of them choose the side of violence and darkness, or do not stick with their convictions. But at least one holds out.
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    35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Serious Film, See Why Cooper Was So Great a Film Star January 25, 2005
    By steve b
    If you want to know why Gary Cooper was once the worlds biggest film star watch this film. Cooper's performance like that of his co star Dorothy McGuire is of the highest order. Friendly Persuasion asks the question, what do people do when their beliefs are threatened by events?. In this case what are the Quakers of southern Indiania to do when their non violent beliefs are threatened by southern raiders during the American Civil War?

    What this film makes clear is that there is no single answer. McGuire as a Quaker Elder tells a Union recruiting officer

    that Quakers are opposed to slavery, but that they would not kill one man to free another. She also admits that some Quakers have gone off to fight.

    Later as the raiders get closer Anthony Perkins as Cooper's son tells his father he is prepaired to die fighting the raiders. Cooper reminds him that he will not be asked to die but to kill.

    When he still insists on going off to fight McGuire begs Cooper to stop him. It is clear that this not because she is a Quaker but because he is her son and she fears for his life. Cooper tells her that each person must decide these things for themselves and answer to their own beliefs.

    When a fellow Quaker urges Cooper to 'pick up the rifle', his Methodist friend ( Robert Middleton ) tells him that he will fight for the both of them.

    Add a love interest and some comic scenes and you have a film well worth two hours of anyones time. As a Brit it also appears to me that as America was founded on the principal of religious freedom this is a film no American should miss.
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    Published 2 days ago by Missy M.
    5.0 out of 5 stars It has some great movie moments that are unforgettable
    I never tire of watching this. It has some great movie moments that are unforgettable.Gary Cooper is outstanding and a young Anthony Perkins steals every scene he's in!
    Published 4 days ago by judy west
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Acted Movie
    This was an interesting movie of a Quaker family during the US Civil War. I especially liked the horse racing & the more liberal but properly mannered Quaker personality of Gary... Read more
    Published 10 days ago by Jim
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Never Tire Of It
    I could watch this movie once a month and would never tire of it. Beautiful family movie. They all did splendid job of acting and the story was beautiful and touching. Read more
    Published 21 days ago by SR Willia
    5.0 out of 5 stars Friendly Persuasion DVD
    this is a sweet movie i had seen years ago. now i can watch it again. i would recommend it to anyone.
    Published 24 days ago by marricad
    5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME AND FUNNY
    Published 24 days ago by william brown
    4.0 out of 5 stars Okay
    bought this for my mother for her birthday she is a big Gary Cooper fan so this made a great gift
    Published 26 days ago by Shawna White-Clough
    5.0 out of 5 stars movie
    my husband loves old movies and really thought this movie was an excellent choice. worth watching if you love old movies.
    Published 29 days ago by Melinda Stickney
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful.
    Just so very nice to be able to watch and not have to worry about language, etc. It was so great.
    Published 1 month ago by Dolores F. Doucet
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