Free State of Jones

Synopsis: Set during the Civil War, Free State of Jones tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.
Director(s): Gary Ross
Production: STX Entertainment
  3 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
139 min

Man'. Left, left, right, left!

Left, left,

left, right, left!

Left, left, left, right, left!

Left, left, left, right, left!

General 12 stay with me!

Left,right, left!

Close that rank.

Steady, boys.


Left, right, left!

Left, left, left, right, left!

Left of the colors, boys.

Guide right!

Left, left, left, right, left.

Top of the hill, boys.

Just over that Ridge.

Left, left,

left, right, left!

Left, left, left, right, left!


Left, left,

left, right, left!

Left, left,

left, right...

Left, left, left, right, left!


Left, left,

left, right, left!

General 2; Fire!

Left, left,

left, right, left!

Left, left, left, right, left!

Almost there, boy,

almost there.

It's my leg.

I know it's your leg.

It hurts.

Yep, they got ether.

Here we go.

Here we go.

Move that private!

We got an officer here!

Hold pressure, hold pressure.

Here we go.

Right there.

Let's get this off you.

If they think you're an officer,

they'll fix you sooner.

Yeah, they'll fix you.

Here we go.

One, two, three.

We need clean water!

Hold pressure here.

The lord is the

stronghold of my life.

Captain Jeffrey baylor here,

10th Tennessee, minie ball,

left thigh.

Captain! I've got

a captain here!

Captain up front,

captain up front.

Hold him down!

Hold him!

Where are they going?



That's Carolina 3rd.

A bunch of them

are headed home.

Twenty negro law.

If you own 20 negroes,

you get to go home.

Since when?

The 1st, I guess.

New conscription act.

"Poor man's fight and

a rich man's war."


You know they got

a house in natchez

with gold doorknobs.

Not gold-lookin'...

Gold, real gold.

"But all their gold

and all their silver

"shall not protect them

from the wrath of the lord."

You so smart, Jasper,

how come you're

still here, huh?

"The oldest son

on such plantations

"where 20 or more negroes

are owned or leased

"are hereby exempt

in the armies

"of the confederate states.

"Furthermore, any plantation

"where the total number

of negroes owned or leased

"shall equal 40, the

eldest and second eldest

"shall be exempt

from military service."

That's you and a brother.

And then it goes up

one family member

for every 20 negroes

after that.

So if we all chip in,

buy us one negro,

we get a couple weeks off?

Ah, I swear,

I'm tired of it, Jasper,

tired of helping them

fight for their damn cotton.

You don't fight anyway.

You're a nurse.

Yeah, you get gut-shot

out there tomorrow, will,

why don't you go find

an artillery officer,

see if he can help you?

I ain't fighting for cotton.

I'm fighting for honor.

Oh, that's good, will.

I'd sure hate to be

fighting for cotton.

Who's there?

Uncle newt.

Daniel? That's you,

boy? Come here.

Hey, hey, hey,

what happened?

They took me and they took

the mule and our hogs,

half the corn crib,

and they told me

I'd been drafted.

Can I stay with you?

Of course you can,

boy, you're my kin.

They put me

with another company

and I finally ran off

and I looked for you all day.

And then I found this man

and I told him

i was from Jones

and he said that was

Mississippi 7th and so...

I've got you, boy. I've got

you, I've got you.

I've got you, boy. I've

got you, I've got you.

You're with me.

You're with me now.

Are you going to be there

with me tomorrow?

Yeah, I'm going to be there

with you tomorrow.

You hear me?

I'm going to be there

with you tomorrow.


We're going to

get out of this trench

and we're going to make

for a treeline

about a quarter mile out.

You don't listen

to no sergeant,

you don't listen

to no officers,

only me.

You understand now?

When I tell you

to go, move fast

and you stay close to me.

You've got a full load?

Half-cock, safe,

full cock, die.

Ain't no different

than shooting

a bird or a deer, Daniel.

No different than that.

All right?

All right.

They're shelling us.

Move, move.

Stay low, low. Stay low.

See that rifle pit?

'Bout 50 yards out.

That's where we're headed.

That's where we're going.

You ready? Ready?

Come on. Go! Go! Go!

Stay behind me!

You all right? Huh?

You all right?

All right, now listen.

They've got sharpshooters

out there.

We're going to make a way for

that treeline, all right?

Find some shelter

and hide out.

You ready?

All right, let's go. Stay low.

Ah! Whoa! Whoa!

Down, boy. Down.

Who you with?

Mississippi 5th, f company.

We're all that's left.

All right,

you're with us now.

We're making for that Ridge

over to the right.


So fix bayonets!

Fix your bayonet, boy!

Yeah, I got it, I got it.



All right, you ready?


All right, on my command,

ready, go! Go! Go!


Go, boy, move!

Hold, hold, hold, Daniel!

Hold, Daniel!

Go! Move!


Uncle newt?


Uncle newt?

I got you, boy.

You're gonna be all right.

It's all right.

It hurts.

I know it hurts.

Just hold onto me tight.

Hold onto me.

Am I going to die?

Oh, you're not going to die.

I'm going to fix you.

Could I get your help right here?

I've got a boy here.

I've got a boy here!

Well, I've got a boy here!

I've got officers

i can't even get to.

It hurts...

I got you,boy.L got you.

I got you, all right.

We'll get you a doctor.

Going to get you a doctor.

Hang on. Hang on.

Can I have some water?


In a second.

In a second.

I'm just so thirsty.

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Gary Ross

Gary Ross is an American film director, writer, and author. He directed the film The Hunger Games, as well as Pleasantville and the Best Picture nominated Seabiscuit. more…

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