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118 Ratings

Friendly Persuasion

Directed by William Wyler
United States, 1956
Drama, War


Jess and Eliza Birdwell are happily raising their children in the pacifist, hospitable ways of the Quaker faith. But as the Civil War looms close to home, their eldest son, Josh, joins the Home Guard to defend their community against Rebel raiders, forcing them to examine their faith and conscience.

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Friendly Persuasion Directed by William Wyler

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1957 | Winner: Palme d'Or

Academy Awards

1957 | 6 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1956 | 2 wins including: Best Actress

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