Copperhead Wednesday, 08 April 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG-13 (USA) for an unsettling sequence.

  • The pitch:

    Civil War re-enactment.

  • Starring:

    Billy Campbell, Angus MacFadyen, Augustus Prew, Lucy Boynton, François Arnaud, Casey Thomas Brown, Peter Fonda, Geneviève Steele, Hugh Thompson, Josh Cruddas, Mary Fay Coady, Andrea Lee Norwood

  • Directed by:

    Ron Maxwell

  • Running time:

    120 minutes

  • Rated:

    CTC (Australia), NR (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    Fist-fighting, brawling, burning building, arson, suicide. Young men carry guns. Lists of men wounded/killed/missing in war. Shooting, taking prisoners, war, battles discussed. Traitors, hanging mentioned. Blood/gore: Hanged man, corpse, coffin, missing arm. War casualties (20,000), smallpox mentioned. Injuries, wounds discussed.




    Alcohol (beer, spirits). Smoking (pipes).


    S-word, bastards, strumpets. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations.


    American Civil War, Copperheads, family, farming, abolition, slavery, politics, bigotry, pacifism, Republicans, Democrats, the Constitution, New York State, the Emancipation Proclamation, singing, celebration, dissent, unity, patriotism, romance, father-son relationships, father-daughter relationships, neighbours, community, religion, faith, voting, grief, suicide, Love Thy Neighbour.


    Orphan, missing/deceased children, deceased father. Church, funeral, cemetery settings. Horses, bulls, cow, sheep. Salted meats, bonfire. Based on the novel by Harold Frederic.


    Sincere, worthy, entertaining, thought-provoking, solemn, well-researched, admirable, earnest, insightful. Smart, thoughtful screenplay. Well-rounded characters, believable dialogue, beautifully photographed, convincing period setting, fine costumes.


    Slow-moving, lethargic, dull, overlong, moralising, maudlin, meandering, tedious, inert, sluggish, sentimental, self-conscious, turgid. Lacks action, tension. Weak central character, flat performances, limited audience appeal, sonorous music, poor sound recording, wayward storytelling.

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