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Gary Cooper heads a Quaker family in Civil War times that looks an awful lot like the ideal nuclear unit of the Eisenhower era—dutiful wife (Dorothy McGuire), lovesick daughter (Phyllis Love), gangly teenage son (Anthony Perkins). Coop's pacifist ideals come into question when the territory is invaded by Confederate troops: will he fight or won't he? Assured, well-meaning, moderately dull filmmaking from William Wyler; the screenplay was written under a psuedonym by the blacklisted Michael Wilson. With Marjorie Main, Walter Catlett, and Richard Eyer (1956).

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