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Friendly Persuasion (1956)

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DVD Release Date
• R1: Dec 5, 2000

Budget USD 3,000,000

Running Time
2 hours, 17 minutes

Country USA

Studio Allied Artists

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Other Titles
• Friendly Persuasion
• Lockende Versuchung (1957)



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Genre: Drama, Gay/Lesbian, Military, Religion, Cult Classic

Tagline: Try FRIENDLY PERSUASION: It's Powerful!

Plot: When William Wyler acquired the script for FRIENDLY PERSUASION by Michael Wilson, he wanted it focused on Jess Birdwell and what he would do, as a Quaker pacifist, if his wife and family were threatened. Jessamyn West, author of the stories on which Wilson’s script was based, was persuaded to rework the script with Wyler’s brother, Robert. The result is this entertaining, discursive film.

Although the Civil War is an ever-present threat, life goes on for the Birdwells. The family is tempted by the lures of a county fair--daughter Mattie by dance, Josh by wrestling, and Jess by a shooting contest. On a seed-selling trip, Jess and Josh meet the widow Hudspeth (Majorie Main) and her rapacious daughters. Jess trades his beautiful but slow horse for the widow’s ugly but fast horse--affecting the outcome of the weekly races. And Sam’s son Gard Jordan (Mark Richman) courts Mattie.

Then the war arrives. Gard leaves Mattie (Phyllis Love, movingly capturing the hopes and dreams and fears of a young girl). Josh makes his choice. And, ironically, Eliza comes close to betraying her beliefs when she defends her pet goose, Samantha, while Jess manages to defend himself without betraying himself.

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 Directed by
William Wyler
Ben-Hur, Roman Holiday, The Best Years of Our Lives
 Written by
Jessamyn West
The Big Country
 Cast
Gary Cooper
High Noon, Sergeant York, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Anthony Perkins
Psycho, Murder on the Orient Express, The Black Hole
Dorothy McGuire
Old Yeller, Swiss Family Robinson, Gentleman's Agreement
Richard Eyer
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, The Desperate Hours, Invasion USA
Robert Middleton
The Court Jester, The Desperate Hours, The Cheyenne Social Club
Peter Mark Richman
The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, Poolhall Junkies
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 Music By
Dimitri Tiomkin
It's a Wonderful Life, Strangers on a Train, High Noon



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