Friendly Persuasion (1975 film)

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Friendly Persuasion
Directed by Joseph Sargent
Produced by Herbert B. Leonard (executive producer)
Joseph Sargent (producer)
Emanuel L. Wolf (executive producer)
Written by Jessamyn West, books The Friendly Persuasion, Except for Me and Thee
William P. Wood
Starring Richard Kiley
Shirley Knight
Music by John Cacavas
Cinematography Mario Tosi
Edited by Ed Forsyth
George Jay Nicholson
Distributed by American Broadcasting Company (ABC)
Release dates
  • May 18, 1975 (1975-05-18)
Running time
100 min.
Language English

Friendly Persuasion is a made-for-TV movie. The film is based on the novels The Friendly Persuasion and Except for Me and Thee by Jessamyn West; the former novel was previously adapted in 1956. It originally aired on ABC on May 18, 1975. This version is different from the 1956 version because it focuses mainly on West's sequel novel, Except for Me and Thee. It was going to be a TV series with this being the pilot. Unfortunately, Friendly Persuasion did not gain as big of an audience as ABC had planned. This film is not available on VHS or LaserDisc, and there are no plans of a DVD release.


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