|Written by||Jessamyn West, books The Friendly Persuasion, Except for Me and Thee|
William P. Wood
|Directed by||Joseph Sargent|
|Music by||John Cacavas|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producers||Herbert B. Leonard|
Emanuel L. Wolf
|Production location||Jackson, Missouri|
George Jay Nicholson
|Running time||100 min.|
|Production companies||Allied Artists Pictures|
International Television Productions
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
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.
This version is different from the 1956 version because it focuses mainly on West's sequel novel, Except for Me and Thee. 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.
In Civil War era America, a Quaker family, Jess and Eliza Birdwell, helps slaves who have run away, knowing that they could die.