Friendly Persuasion

1956 NR 2h 17m DVD

Friendly Persuasion

1956 NR 2h 17m DVD
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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.
Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins, Richard Eyer
William Wyler
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, French
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this movie thoughtfully raises the issue of how someone committed to non-violence responds to a violent world.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


Sam killed by sniper, Jess shot at, Gord and Josh wounded (off-screen)


Not applicable

Social Behavior


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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