Friendly Persuasion

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Wyler in characteristically earnest form with a Western-style story of a family of Quakers whose faith in a non-violent way of life is sorely tried by the outbreak of the Civil War. Solid performances, particularly from Perkins as the anguished son, and odd touches of humour (which might, ironically, offend Quakers, since their way of life is presented as eccentrically old-fashioned); but the basic dilemma - whether to take up arms or not - is presented in simplistic and predictable fashion. From a novel by Jessamyn West.

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Release details

Duration: 140 mins

Cast and crew

Director: William Wyler
Screenwriter: Michael Wilson
Cast: Gary Cooper
Dorothy McGuire
Marjorie Main
Anthony Perkins
Richard Eyer
Robert Middleton
Walter Catlett

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3.8 / 5

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Worth seeing, specifically for the impressive intensity of Anthony Perkins' performance.

Stock characters, humour beside the point, endless exposition, stiff and literary. Forgettable.