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Free State of Jones

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2016
2h 20m
English
Action, Drama, History, War
In 1863, Mississippi farmer Newt Knight serves as a medic for the Confederate Army. Opposed to slavery, Knight would rather help the wounded than fight the Union. After his nephew dies in battle, Newt returns home to Jones County to safeguard his family but is soon branded an outlaw deserter. Forced to flee, he finds refuge with a group of runaway slaves hiding out in the swamps. Forging an alliance with the slaves and other farmers, Knight leads a rebellion that would forever change history.
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Matthew McConaughey
Newton Knight
Mahershala Ali
Moses Washington
Keri Russell
Serena Knight
Brad Carter
Lieutenant Barbour
Jane McNeill
Miss Ellie
Gary Grubbs
Prosecuting Attorney
Joe Chrest
Amos Deason
Kurt Krause
Injured Soldier
Carlton Caudle
Confederate Color Guard
Matt Lintz
Matthew Yates
Juan Gaspard
Confederate Soldier
David Maldonado
Polling Station Clerk
Serenity Neil
Schoolgirl
Lara Grice
Mrs. Deason
Wayne Pre
Col. Robert Lowry
Directed By: Gary Ross
Written By: Gary Ross, Leonard Hartman (Story)

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CinemanicBonkers says...
5 years ago
A very strong/ sad well made film with a super cast behind it. Matthew McConaughey was a solid leading role. It's events still happen in todays world sadly, but not has bad. I believe that we are all equal, and have the same rights as each other.. We are all human after all.. and are colour etc doesn't change that..
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Lee Brown Barrow says...
5 years ago
While the film does jump forward in time a lot, I still felt it was an effective depiction of the Civil War era. The inhumanity of man continues, sadly, but we need to be thankful for the people who continue to fight for human rights.
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FinFan says...
5 years ago
Not saying it´s a bad movie but a tough one for a non-american. The story makes to many leaps so I had difficulties following and I never felt anything towards the characters.
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r96sk says...
2 years ago
Quality film. 'Free State of Jones' tells the true story of Newton Knight's role in the American Civil War. As you'd hope/expect, it leads to captivating viewing. Matthew McConaughey is superb, while he's supported excellently by Mahershala Ali. It's tough to watch in large portions given the obvious things from the Civil War era, from the war itself but also to slavery. I had never heard of Newton Knight, so it was very interesting for me to see it unfold and learning bits - even with some creative license, I'm sure. It also serves an important message that slavery didn't end with the Emancipation Proclamation. I personally found the film very well paced and extremely nicely shot, McConaughey and Ali are the stars but there are also notable performances from the likes of Gugu Mbatha-Raw. It's a great film, one that's worth a watch. Sadness and heart aplenty.
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Keeper70
5 years ago
As with all civil war era films, a large part of the product has to be the look and feel. In this regard the Free State of Jones gets it spot on. Well from limited knowledge. The whispy extravagant facial hair is all there and everyone, on the whole, is scruffy and not too healthy looking. Director More
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Reno
4 years ago
**A country that existed for a brief time in the history of American.**

Once again, it proves that the critics are so dumb. In this people to people and people to filmmakers contact era, no one listens to them. Let them do their own sideshow. This was partially based on the real events that takes More
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r96sk
one year ago
Quality film.

'Free State of Jones' tells the true story of Newton Knight's role in the American Civil War. As you'd hope/expect, it leads to captivating viewing. Matthew McConaughey is superb, while he's supported excellently by Mahershala Ali.

It's tough to watch in large portions g More
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