Free State of Jones Poster

Release Date: June 24th, 2016

DVD Release Date: September 20th, 2016

R|2 hr 19 min

Plot Summary
In 1863, Mississippi farmer Newt Knight serves as a medic for the Confederate Army. Opposed to slavery, Knight would rather help the wounded than fight the Union. After his nephew dies in battle, Newt returns home to Jones County to safeguard his family but is soon branded an outlaw deserter. Forced to flee, he finds refuge with a group of runaway slaves hiding out in the swamps. Forging an alliance with the slaves and other farmers, Knight leads a rebellion that would forever change history.

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell, Brendan Gleeson, Christopher Berry, Sean Bridgers, Jacob Lofland

Director: Gary Ross

Genres: Historical drama, Biography, War

Production Co: Huayi Brothers, Route One Films, Larger Than Life, IM Global, Bluegrass Films, Vendian Entertainment

Distributors: STX Entertainment

Keywords: Sacrifice, Pursuit, House, Brooding, Transformation, Intense, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Strong acting often lends authenticity to writing that lacks it, and Mr. McConaughey is, to be sure, an exceptionally strong actor. Yet this screenplay is so arid in its didacticism, so pallid in its would-be passion, that it defeats his efforts and our involvement. show more

  • A compelling and little-known story of the Civil War period is studiously reduced to a dry and cautious history lesson in Free State of Jones. show more

  • Mixing elements from documentaries, biopics, war flicks, and Hallmark romances, Ross' film is a living history tour, but with gory special effects and a smoldering smattering of sex appeal. show more

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