Free State of Jones

Free State of Jones

DVD - 2016
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The story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy.
Publisher: [California] : Universal Studios Home Entertainment : Elevation Pictures, [2016]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (139 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm
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Alternative Title: L' Etat Libre de Jones [dvd]

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greatflicks
Mar 10, 2018

Very good movie, a very difficult time in history for most except those with wealth. Also showed it was the republicans who set the slaves free and through history have done more for the blacks.

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DawnWhite
Feb 13, 2018

This was actually pretty good!

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breemu
Jan 22, 2018

While it may not be the most gripping of movies, this little known story and history lesson is well worth the watch. Strongly suggest you also watch the bonus feature for a more in depth perspective and even greater appreciation of Newton Knight - an original thinker and man ahead of his time.

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raymontez
Nov 06, 2017

Very good movie all should see and learn.

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NILESHRS
Oct 24, 2017

good movie, but the end seems abrupt, should have a better ending

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publicenemy46
Aug 19, 2017

I like this movie it was well acted. Good directing good script. Although it did make very angry at times. Everytime A decent man try to do something good for the betterment of the race. There always seems to some dumb animals messing everything up.

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KCLSRick
Jul 28, 2017

Well acted. A little disappointed in some of the obvious political slants that were not prevalent in the day. So it was not really a believable story line. Many times they embellish to make a better story.

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akirakato
Jul 04, 2017

Written and directed by Gary Ross, this is a 2016 American historical docudrama inspired by the life of Newton Knight and his armed revolt against the Confederacy in Jones County, Mississippi, throughout the American Civil War.
Although the plot of the movie turns out fictious, the overall story follows the history of Jones County, and many of the events portrayed are true.
Newton and Rachel (a black woman) have a son, Jason.
Since they could not legally marry, Newton arranges to deed a parcel of land to her.
The story is interspersed with the story of Newton's great-grandson, Davis Knight, who is arrested under Mississippi's miscegenation laws in 1948.
Since he is possibly of one-eighth black descent, under Mississippi law at that time he is considered black.
Therefore he could not legally marry his long-time sweetheart.
Although sentenced to five years in prison, his conviction is thrown out by the Mississippi Supreme Court in 1949, rather than risk the law being declared unconstitutional.
It is an enlightening and entertaining docudrama.

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LuvKCL
Jul 03, 2017

Excellent historically accurate movie showing a part of the history of the Civil War that has been largely hidden and under reported. I highly recommend this well acted movie to anyone interested in the history of the Civil War, especially how this played out in Mississippi. This movie opened up our eyes for the little known event. I wish people in the south had open- mind to accept and understand all different aspects of the CW like this one.

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IV27HUjg
Jun 27, 2017

I chose this with some trepidation, as MMc is not on my list of favorites - that said he delivered. I knew there were many in the South that wanted no part of the war yet were forced into it for survival, much the same as in Germany & a slew of other countries/conflicts. Love the acting & delivery of Ali M. This did prompt me to look to historical background of the CW, a part of AmHistory I rarely chose. It brought out my inner violence & rage, envisioning all the awful, gruesome torture I might do to evil beings like the so called home guard of the South. There's all kinds of hate.

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jimg2000
Dec 20, 2016

The most important quotes are in IMDb as these few:

Will Sumrall: [referring to Daniel] He died with honor.
Newton Knight: No, Will, he just died.
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Number one, no man ought to stay poor so another man can get rich. Number two, no man ought to tell another man what you got to live for or what he's got to die for. Number three, what you put in the ground is yours to tend and harvest and there ain't no man ought to be able to take that away from you. Number four, every man is a man. If you walk on two legs, you're a man. It's as simple as that.
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Moses: Deserted. How come?
Newton Knight: It ain't my fight, you know? Don't own no slaves. Ain't gonna die so they can get rich selling cotton.
Moses: That's why we left, too.

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