Southern Indiana, 1862: Gary Cooper is the patriarch of the Birdwells, a Quaker farming family working hard to maintain their faith amid worldly temptations, and adhere to pacifism despite the encroaching Civil War. Cooper's strong-willed, fiercely religious wife Dorothy McGuire wants what's best for her children, which does not include daughter Phyllis Love marrying a Union officer, nor son Anthony Perkins enlisting in the Army, nor her youngest boy Richard Eyer feuding with the family's pet goose. But the Birdwells' beliefs are put to the test after the Confederate Army invades their land. Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival, William Wyler's FRIENDLY PERSUASION earned six Oscar® nominations — including a Best Screenplay nomination for its unnamed screenwriter, the blacklisted Michael Wilson. The stirring score is by Dimitri Tiomkin. DIR/PROD William Wyler; SCR Michael Wilson, from the novel "The Friendly Persuasion" by Jessamyn West; PROD Robert Wyler. U.S., 1956, color, 137 min. NOT RATED
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Archival 35mm print courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive