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Friendly Persuasion

1956 Rated NR 2hr 17m

Jess and Eliza Birdwell (Gary Cooper and Dorothy McGuire) are devoted Quaker parents in Indiana during the height of the Civil War. The Birdwells' religion opposes violence, but as Confederate forces march closer -- looting and burning as they go -- the community prepares a defense. However, the family's nonviolent stance is tested when their son, Josh (Anthony Perkins), decides he wants to fight for the North.

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Movie Details

1957 Golden Globe Awards
  • Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) nominee
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture nominee
1957 Academy Award®
  • Best Director nominee: William Wyler
  • Best Picture nominee
  • Best Music Song nominee
  • Best Supporting Actor nominee: Anthony Perkins
  • Best Writing Adapted Screenplay nominee
  • Best Sound nominee
Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
Screen formats

Widescreen 1.85:1


English, French

Closed captioned


Language and sound

English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

Other features

Color,Trailer, Production Info, NBC-TV "Wide Wide World" Making Of