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Free State of Jones (2016)

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A disillusioned Confederate army deserter returns to Mississippi and leads a militia of fellow deserters, runaway slaves, and women in an uprising against the corrupt local Confederate government.

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Set during the Civil War, Free State of Jones tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War. Written by STX Entertainment

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Based on the incredible true story.


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Rated R for brutal battle scenes and disturbing graphic images | See all certifications »

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24 June 2016 (USA)  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,572,206 (USA) (24 June 2016)

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$20,758,378 (USA) (22 July 2016)
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Among the many extras in the film is a man by the name of Christopher David McKnight, who is an actual descendant of the main character Newt Knight, played by Matthew McConaughey. Newt Knight is Christopher's great-great-great-grandfather and is from Lake Charles, LA. He heard the buzz about the film early on in its production and submitted his name to be considered as an extra in the movie. See more »

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When taking down the Confederate Flag to replace it with the Stars and Stripes, it is the wrong flag. The flag being taken down was actually the battle standard of the Army of Northern Virginia, . It should have been the "The Stainless Banner". See more »

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Rachel: I don't want my boy to get lynched. Or beat. I want him to go to a school. I don't want him to drop his eyes every time a white man walk by. I don't want him to be a "boy" no more once he turn into a man.
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Civil Wars for the Rich
29 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

9.25 of 10. The many shades of slave and involuntary servitude come to light in this story. A film that's true enough that it deserves to be something shown to students to help their interest and expand their understanding of American history, but too gruesome, violent, and explicit in language for the typical school.

It may also be a little too quiet and slow moving for some, but the depth to which the film explores obscure American Civil War facts and events, both during and after, makes one curiouser and curiouser to see where it goes.

This is a rare film that you can watch a trailer of, or not, and not have it ruin the film. In fact, it would be very difficult to anyone to write a spoiler for this. It's also something you want to watch from beginning to end, or at least until the credits shift to white text on black. It may not be the ideal theater film, but it definitely is worthy of a hard copy for your book/DVD shelf.


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