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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Matthew McConaughey really does have it.

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    McConaughey plays Newton Knight, like Oskar Schindler an anomaly in a horrific time and place. Knight, a pro-Union Mississippi native, marshaled a guerrilla war against his own side, the Confederates, with troops (as many as 500) including deserters and runaway slaves alike. He fathered five children in his common-law marriage to a former slave and nine more with his wife. Both families shared the same 160-acre farm. Progressive hero or backwoods disgrace?

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Free State of Jones DVD a History Lesson

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    I know Hollywood sensationalizes the truth, but I learned so much that I did not know about this time period and looked it up to read more about it. Excellent acting and story line for the time period. Worth purchasing and adding to your collection.

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good

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    If you Google the word “microcosm”, the definition describes the movie Free State of Jones: “a community, place, or situation regarded as encapsulating in miniature the characteristic qualities or features of something much larger.” Jones County, Mississippi becomes representative of the situation throughout the South during and after the Civil War. Matthew McConaughey ought to be Oscar-nominated for this movie, I think. He plays a Confederate soldier turned deserter named Newton Knight, who is appalled by the unfairness of the exemptions which the wealthiest southerners get from fighting if they have at least 20 slaves. Because he’s willing to defend southerners who are being looted by Confederate soldiers, and also treats black people kindly, he inspires a following of both white and black supporters, and is willing to defend his black supporters in a scene where a white supporter tries to provoke strife (which likely happened in real life). After the war, he continues to be involved in fighting for racial equality. The movie is a very engrossing experience. The dialogue is really realistic and true to the era, including in the role which Christianity played in the community, and the movie uses captions to describe changes of locations and political events very effectively. Newton Knight feels relatable to an audience because he is just reacting, one choice at a time, to the things that are happening around him, and he chooses to defy an unjust government that’s not representing him, and repudiate its racist values, without any of those contrived scenes where he suddenly changes his values. He’s just a normal guy who is unusual for how willing he is to stand up for justice. There are several interesting scenes taking place in the 1940s where his descendant is also forced to take a stand for what he believes during a miscegenation (interracial marriage) trial. This movie ought to be shown in schools, and I hope it will be (the only part that may be too much for sensitive eyes is the opening battle scene), and also should've gottet Oscar attention and be viewed by many people.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    much better than the first review

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    Matthew McConaughey stars in this epic, untold true story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy during the Civil War. Despite overwhelming odds, Knight banded together with other small farmers and local slaves and launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Civil War movie

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    I bought this for my Husband for his birthday who is interested in the Civil War events and this was based on actual events during the war. He said that it was the best movie he had seen in years.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent!

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    Anyone who loves history and particularly the Civil War should see this movie and watch the bonus feature. The movie's about Newton Knight, a white southerner who joins the Confederate Army at the beginning of the Civil War, just like many other white men. After the Battle of Corinth his brother finds him and reports that the Confederate Army has confiscated his family's food and their means to support themselves. At this point Knight begins to realize he's a poor man fighting a rich man's war and leaves for home. The rest of the movie's about Knight's band of deserters and runaway slaves who fight in Mississippi against the Confederates without much help from the Union Army, and declare the area they've liberated, which includes Jones County, Mississippi, The Free State of Jones. The last part of the movie gives a very accurate and disturbing picture of the post Civil War south when the federal government slowly allowed former Confederates to try to push freed slaves back into as close to slavery as possible. The action's intense at times so if you're squeamish you might have to look away during certain scenes. But even if you have to look away during the violent scenes, I recommend you still see this movie. While certain characters are fictionalized, the story isn't and it's an important look at post Civil War America.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Good movie

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    I enjoyed this movie. The movie is fast paced and exciting. Highly recommended

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great movie based on true story.

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Eye opening based on a true story. Will keep you entertained from start to finish.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    An excellent movie about the Civil War.

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Matthew McConaughey gives an excellent performance in this Civil War movie regarding slavery and defending the Blacks against the Confederacy.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    good story

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    thought the acting was very good and the story was a good reminder of the history of things

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Such a good movie

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    We don't watch R movies, but we did on this one. It is only the opening scene that makes it R. Well worth the time and money. Very good movie

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Well alright, alright, alright !!!

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    It's pretty amazing how little known stories from our past history have resulted in very entertaining movies. Last year we had The Revenant and more recently we have Free State of Jones. Of course The Revenant was an amazing film in so many ways and a deserving academy award winner, but I was also fascinated with the story presented here. It is filled with good cast performances especially that of Matthew McConaughey. Focusing on the message of what his character stood for and how it can relate to the world we live in today, these themes are presented in this very entertaining film. * P.S. I hope M.M. does more civil war period projects in the future. He's got a perfect flair for these types of roles.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding

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    I've read nit-pitting debates regarding the historical accuracy, focusing on unnecessary minutiae. Forget all that - this is a great story and interesting part of our history and probably a must see for civil war buffs.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie for the price

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    The movie was less then 5 dollars and was a good movie

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Historic movie they got it right

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    this movie was asked me based on a real historic event with the Civil War so I have no complaint with this whatsoever it has basically all the historical information right. Although some of the characters are fictional but not all. What they did was right when they did take on the Confederate Army to the declare themselves and in the state during the Civil War. Because as they said they were just fighting for the rich and plantation owner not for themselves to go out and see this one on my and watch it I think you're flying than an actual historical event is more interesting than something that never happened or never will happen. Don't agree with me watch it review it let me know what you think of it. I'm always glad to hear other people's comment on the movie. Thank you bill

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie; clear picture...

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Really enjoyed this movie. Great prices on their DVD and Blue Ray movies!

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    HISTORY CLASSIC!

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    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

    Great performance by Matthew! I highly recommend this film to anyone who loves American history!

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    All Right ! All Right ! All Right !

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    Owned for 3 months when reviewed.

    I had no prior knowledge of the history in this story. McConaughey does a great job . Well worth watching.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Interesting story

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Very interesting piece of history. Who knows what happened exactly, but something definitely did happen

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    good movie

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    I love when Matthew McConaughey is in a movie because ne is so good buy this movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend