89 Days of Oscar Nominees – #59 – Friendly Persuasion (1956)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.

Here is my 59th review of the 89 chosen Films…

friendly-persuasion“I’m just his father, Eliza, not his conscience. A man’s life ain’t worth a hill of beans except he lives up to his own conscience..” – Jess

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Jan 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A Quaker family during Civil War must deal with the erupting violence around them, especially since their neighbors don’t understand why they refuse to join the fight.

My Take on it – Here is yet another film that I knew absolutely nothing about before seeing it.

It’s interesting that this film came out during the 1950’s when Macarthyism was at its peak because it deals with the ideas of militarism vs pacifism and whether it’s possible to still be patriotic no matter your views.

Liked the way that they structured the family that each and every one of them started off seeming to have similar opinions but as the story moves along and the war gets closer to home, their ideas begin to slowly peel away layer by layer which some can handle better than others.

Gary Cooper is quite good here as the Patriarch of the family.

The ideas of the characters slowly get probed by the differing ideas of those around them; neighbors, soldiers on both sides of the conflict and of course on each other.

Bottom Line – Interesting film that questions war vs. peace and militarism vs pacifism in an interesting way.  Enjoyed the way the family is structured that even though they live together each and every one of them has different views on how to deal with the fact that the war keeps getting closer and closer to home.  Cooper is quite good here as the patriarch of the family and we slowly see how the ideas of the family members are probed by the differing opinions of those around them.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This was President Ronald Reagan’s favorite film. In May 1988 he presented Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev with a VHS copy. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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