Copperhead Thursday, 20 June 2019

Copperhead

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)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    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.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

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

  • LANGUAGE:

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

  • THEMES:

    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.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

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

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    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.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    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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