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.”