Friendly Persuasion (1956)
|Producer(s)||Robert Wyler (associate), William Wyler, Harry F. Hogan (uncredited), Walter Mirisch (executive uncredited)|
|Top Genres||Drama, Epic, Family, War, Western|
|Top Topics||Civil War|
Friendly Persuasion Overview:
Friendly Persuasion (1956) was a Drama - War Film directed by William Wyler and produced by William Wyler, Walter Mirisch, Robert Wyler and Harry F. Hogan.
The tranquil existence of a family of Quakers living in Indiana during the time of the Civil War is shattered when one of the sons decides to enlist in the army. His decision raises difficult questions about courage and faith, and the evil of violence. While the patriarch of the clan competes with a friend to be the first to church on Sundays, his son is torn between his faith in nonviolence and his desire to prove his bravery in battle. Written without credit by blacklisted writer Michael Wilson.
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Academy Awards 1956 --- Ceremony Number 29 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Supporting Actor||Anthony Perkins||Nominated|
|Best Director||William Wyler||Nominated|
|Best Music - Song||Music by Dimitri Tiomkin; Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster||Nominated|
|Best Picture||William Wyler, Producer||Nominated|
|Best Writing||Michael Wilson||Nominated|
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Jess Birdwell: 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.
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This was President Ronald Reagan's favorite film. In May 1988 he presented Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev with a VHS copy.
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