Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Movie Numero 3 ~ Friendly Persuasion

Here is movie number 3 on my list of movie's that I think you need to see before you die. Friendly Persuasion is another one of my favorite movies also....It's actually my grandma's ALL TIME favorite movie that doesn't star Shirley McClaine.

Gary Cooper and Dorthy McGuire play Quaker farmer's and devoted parent's Jess and Eliza Birdwell, who happen to be living in Indiana during the height of the Civil War. The Birdwell's religion opposes all forms of violence and war, but as the Confederate forces move closer to home -- looting and burning homes as they go -- the community around them prepares to defend themselves.

To make things a little more difficult for Jess and Eliza, their daughter Maddie (who wants to remain a Quaker) has fallen in love with a dashing Calvary officer, a love that doesn't exactly make Maddie's mom happy at all. Then their oldest son, Josh, announces that he wants to go and fight for the North, putting the families nonviolent stance to the ultimate test. The Birdwell's youngest son, Little Jess, is constantly at war with Eliza's pet goose named Samantha. Eliza thinks Little Jess is just teasing her but if you see the movie, well, just see the movie to see who win's this battle, I don't want to give it away.

Highlights for me: Samantha the Goose, When the Confederate's show up at the Birdwell's farm

Favorite Line: "A man's life ain't worth a hill of beans except he lives up to his own conscience."


  1. I added that to my Netflix. It sounds like a good movie.

    Stopping by from SITS.

  2. I haven't actually watched it, but I'm aware of it. It's a very sweet movie.

    Love the new spring background!

  3. Hey there! Paula from the Broken Y! I think I've seen this movie but its been quite a while! I may need to do this again!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Sometimes theres alot going on, sometimes not but I'm glad you stopped in!


  4. I love movie reviews! Thanks, I love old movies too, so I've gotta add this one to my queue. I'm a movie whore what can I say?

  5. I LOVE FRIENDLY PERSUASION! This was probably the firest few movies I ever saw!


    visiting from SITS!

  6. stopping by from SITS. Hey. nice blog. Clare

  7. I have seen this movie twice and I love it. The one thing I really like about it, is that it shows that life is not always cut and dry. Sometimes you have to bend the rules a little. Oh, and I loved the goose too.


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