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Friendly Persuasion
Written byJessamyn West, books The Friendly Persuasion, Except for Me and Thee
William P. Wood
Directed byJoseph Sargent
StarringRichard Kiley
Shirley Knight
Music byJohn Cacavas
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersHerbert B. Leonard
Emanuel L. Wolf
ProducerJoseph Sargent
Production locationJackson, Missouri
CinematographyMario Tosi
EditorsEd Forsyth
George Jay Nicholson
Running time100 min.
Production companiesAllied Artists Pictures
International Television Productions
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
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