From Our Staff | June 03, 2013

944220_10151606261947254_254409539_nThis coming weekend, The Missouri Review—along with our partners: the Museum of Art and Archaeology, the University of Missouri Film Studies Program, and the Department of Student Life—will be hosting an early screening of the upcoming film Copperhead. Set during the Civil War, the film tells the story of the “Copperheads,” a New York group of pacifists, and the price they paid when they refused to take sides during the bloodiest war in American history. The main character is Abner Beech, a stubborn and righteous farmer of upstate New York, who defies his neighbors and his government in the bloody and contentious autumn of 1862. Unlike typical Civil War movies, this is set far from the battlefields in the middle of the country, and instead examines the devastation and loss of war on families and a community.

The movie stars Billy Campbell and Peter Fonda, and is based on the 1893 novel by Harold Frederic and is set to release in theaters all across the country at the end of June. Edmund Wilson praised Frederic’s creation as a brave and singular book that “differs fundamentally from any other Civil War fiction.”

You can check out the film’s website here.

In addition to the screening of Copperhead, attendees will have an opportunity to meet director Ron Maxwell. He’s directed several terrific films, including Gettysburg and Gods and Generals. Several local organizations, including The Blue Note, True/False Film Festival, Citizen Jane Film Festival, and many others, have been kind enough to donate free items that will be available to attendees.

We’re also thrilled that director Ron Maxwell will be in town to meet moviegoers and challenge you in a game of Plinko. Okay, we made that Plinko part up. But it might happen! You’ll have know if you don’t come hang out with us!

Copperhead will be screened at Jesse Auditorium in Jesse Hall on the University of Missouri Campus at 7 p.m. on Saturday June 8th. The event is open to the public; admission price is $10 for MU students and $12 for the public. Tickets are available through the MSA/GPC box office on campus or through We hope to see you there!

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