Monday, June 10, 2013

Jimmy's Movie Preview and CONTEST: Copperhead

I got an email last week asking if I would cover another book-to-film adaption, in exchange for a book and a poster.  I did a similar thing for Life of Pi.  Before committing to it, I looked into the film, and once again, I'd be interested in seeing it, so I have no problem previewing it.

This time, the movie is a Civil War film called Copperhead.  Based on the novella "The Copperhead" by Harold Frederic and actual events during the Civil War, the film is about a man who lives in the Union and hates war just as much as he hates slavery.  Here is the official synopsis:
Inspired by actual events and based on the extraordinary novel by Harold Frederic, which the great American critic Edmund Wilson praised as a brave and singular book that “differs fundamentally from any other Civil War work,” Copperhead is the story of Abner Beech, a righteous farmer of Upstate New York, who defies his neighbors and his government in the contentious autumn of 1862. Abner despises slavery – but just as passionately opposes the war that is waging in the name of “union” hundreds of miles away because he believes the Constitution of the United States is being trampled. Abner is neither a Yankee nor a Rebel. He is what is known as a Copperhead.
The film is directed by the same guy who directed Gods and Generals and Gettysburg, Ron Maxwell, so the film is poised to be a great wartime film.

Copperhead is limited availability, so if you really want to see it, make sure to click the link to demand it come to your city.

Here are some links to the website, the trailer, and a countdown to when the film comes out:


Finally, since this is a sponsored post, you have a chance to win the book, a movie poster and some movie cash.  Just comment on this post with your favorite film that features war or combat.  The winner will be picked by random from commenters and will be contacted for their name and address.  The contest ends on June 20 and the winner will need to give me their information by June 23 at 11:59pm.

Note: the countdown above is for the movie, not the giveaway.  The giveaway ends on June 20.

Good luck!


  1. A war film that I enjoyed and taught is "We Were Soldiers" starring Mel Gibson. It's a graphic, yet realistic look at the Vietnam War which doesn't glorify war but brings truth to its gruesomeness. "Copperhead" looks interesting.

  2. I really liked the new Lincoln movie that just came out. It did above job of covering the world, without making it seem like the entire war was about slavery.

  3. I haven't seen that one yet, but I'm definitely interested.

  4. I still have to watch that one...

  5. I like the Avengers.

  6. I liked how historically accurate it was :P

  7. I'll go with an older movie. "The Guns of Navarone" is a pretty good flick.

  8. I've not heard of that one. I'll have to check it out!

  9. Do you mean "Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter" or "Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies?" Both are pretty spectacular.

  10. I mean the movie entitled simply Lincoln. Although the Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter was an interesting read.

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