Picture from Copperhead
Overall A-

Although the Civil War tore America in half, it wasn't a black and white fight. For the likes of Abner Beech (Billy Campbell), the US Constitution isn't worth dying for. But the national battle comes home when his own neighbors object to his peacemaker point of view.

Violence C+
Sexual Content A-
Profanity B
Substance Use B

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for an unsettling sequence.

Talk to your kids about…


One young soldier says that the war you read about in the newspaper isn’t the same as the real war. How can the media influence the way people see the conflict? How might newspaper (or TV) reports be used to either promote or hamper war efforts? How can those reports alter the way the public perceives returning soldiers?

How are religious people depicted in this movie? How does this portrayal promote stereotypes that may not be true?

Why does Abner refer to war as a fever? Can people lose a sense of reason when their passions become inflamed? How do the townsfolk respond to Abner? What does he do to provoke the situation?

This movie is based on the novel Copperhead by Harold Frederic, who lived through the conflict as a small child.

Learn more about the American Civil War.