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Based on the extraordinary novel by Harold Frederic, who witnessed these conflicts firsthand as a small child, Copperhead tells the story of 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.
Copperhead is the great untold Civil War story. Far from the Virginia battlefields whose names etch our history, the war of Copperhead visits the devastation and unimaginable loss of a civil war upon a family and a community whose strength and very existence are tested by fire, rope, knife, and betrayal. This is the Civil War come home.
With Copperhead, director Ron Maxwell — who with Gettysburg and Gods and Generals established himself as our foremost cinematic interpreter of the American Civil War — takes on the War from a stunningly unexpected and unforgettably humanist angle.
The richly textured orchestral score is from newcomer Laurent Eyquem.