Friendly Persuasion (1975 film)

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Friendly Persuasion
Genre Drama
Written by Jessamyn West, books The Friendly Persuasion, Except for Me and Thee
William P. Wood
Directed by Joseph Sargent
Starring Richard Kiley
Shirley Knight
Music by John Cacavas
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Herbert B. Leonard
Emanuel L. Wolf
Producer(s) Joseph Sargent
Production location(s) Jackson, Missouri
Cinematography Mario Tosi
Editor(s) Ed Forsyth
George Jay Nicholson
Running time 100 min.
Production company(s) Allied Artists Pictures
International Television Productions
Distributor ABC
Original network ABC
Original release
  • May 18, 1975 (1975-05-18)

Friendly Persuasion is a made-for-TV movie. The film is based on the novels The Friendly Persuasion and Except for Me and Thee by Jessamyn West; the former novel was previously adapted in 1956. It originally aired on ABC on May 18, 1975. [1][2]

This version is different from the 1956 version because it focuses mainly on West's sequel novel, Except for Me and Thee.[3] It was going to be a TV series with this being the pilot. Friendly Persuasion did not gain as big of an audience as ABC had hoped. This film is not available on VHS or LaserDisc, and there are no plans of a DVD release.

Plot summary

In Civil War era America, a Quaker family, Jess and Eliza Birdwell, helps slaves who have run away, knowing that they could die.

Cast[1]; BFI[4]


  1. ^ a b Friendly Persuasion, retrieved December 6, 2017
  2. ^ Goldberg, Lee. " Friendly Persuasion " Unsold Television Pilots: 1955-1989, Adventures in Television, 2015, ISBN 151159067X
  3. ^ Hischak, Thomas S. " Friendly Persuasion " American Literature on Stage and Screen: 525 Works and Their Adaptations, McFarland, 2012, ISBN 0786492791, pp. 74-75
  4. ^ Friendly Persuasion, retrieved December 6, 2017

External links

  • Friendly Persuasion on IMDb
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