"Copperhead"­ - Civil War drama shown in a private residence North Seattle

  • October 19, 2013 · 6:00 PM

We will be viewing the US Civil War drama “Copperhead” at a private residence located in north Seattle near Lake City. Evidently this film will not be shown in any local theater so do not miss this presentation of “Copperhead” presented on a 55 inch flat screen television with a great detached sound system.

This film, based on a novel written in the late 1800s, is set in upstate New York, far from the bloody battlegrounds of the mid-Atlantic states, and shows how a small town is torn apart by the presence of anti-war Democrats popularly nicknamed “Copperheads”. Although they were, for the most part, anti-slavery Copperheads felt that the federal government had exceeded its constitutional powers by pursing a war over an issue that should be decided at the state level. Furthermore, they felt that President Lincoln engaged in unconstitutional practices such as initiating the military draft and closing down opposition newspapers. Here is a description of “Copperhead” copied from rottentomatoes.com:

“Copperhead is unlike any Civil War movie to date. A story of the violent passions and burning feuds that set ablaze the home front during the Civil War, Copperhead is also a timeless and deeply moving examination of the price of dissent, the place of the individual amidst the hysteria of wartime, and the terrible price of war. 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 fiction," Copperhead is 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. 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 stunning, unexpected and richly, unforgettably humanist angle. Copperhead is a parable of the Civil War and perhaps for our own time.”

Here is a preview of this film:

Copperhead – trailer

“Copperhead” has a 25 rating on rottentomatoes.com. Here is a link to that website where you can read or scan the reviews (all sixteen of them) to see if this film is for you:

tomatometer – Copperhead

I saw this film at the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg during the 150th anniversary of the great battle that took place there and would not be posting this film as a meetup despite its very low rating unless I felt that it had merit and would appeal to some members of this cinema group.

We will meet in the club house of a condominium complex at 6:00 to socialize and begin noshing. Around 7:00 we will get comfy and view the two hour film. The film will be shown on a 55 inch flat panel television. The meetup will be over around 9:00 pm. Everyone is expected to help clean up the clubhouse.

This is a potluck event, and all participants are required to bring both food and beverage (no alcohol) contributions. The food should be more of a finger food, and should not require extensive on site preparation (a stove, oven, and microwave oven are available). I will provide bottled water, lemonade, hot chocolate, and popcorn at no cost. A lengthier description of the potluck, as well as other details of this event such as directions and parking, will be emailed about one week before the event to the folks who have made reservations.

This event, unlike most meetups, takes place on private property, and the condo's property management company wants assurance that every guest at a private social event held in the co-owned club house is known to the host. To participate in this event you must answer the question that asks for your first and last name (actual name), city of residence, phone number, and email address. Failure to provide this information will result in your reservation being canceled.

George Liu


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  • KEVIN S.

    I'm so sorry I need to bail tonight.

    October 19, 2013

  • Silvia

    Unable to make it. Sorry

    October 19, 2013

  • Mark

    Car broke down. No wheels, no movie.

    October 19, 2013

  • Patricia S.

    Thanks for the invite -- I needed to confirm the Meetup this evening...looking forward to the next film...

    October 18, 2013

  • Harry S

    a friend of mine just dropped in town and I probably won't be able to attend.

    October 18, 2013

  • Judy

    I don't know how I was put on the waiting list since I changed my RSVP to No a while back .....

    October 14, 2013

  • George L.

    The address will be emailed on Tuesday to those people who properly sent me the required information. If you did not send the information you will not be emailed the details of this meetup. You will still remain on the "attending" list until the time that this event is fully booked at which time you will be dropped in favor of folks who have satisfied the sign up process.

    October 14, 2013

  • kathy

    I'm so sorry if there was a location given I missed it, will you please send it again

    October 14, 2013

  • Shelley B.

    I am totally looking forward to seeing this film with fellow film lovers.

    October 13, 2013

  • Patricia S.

    Was a location found? If so where? Much thanks...

    October 11, 2013

  • Patricia S.

    George, I am a bit delayed in responding...Thank you for the location. I will RSVP yes. Is the location confirmed for Lake City?

    October 9, 2013

  • Dorothy M. L.

    I wish I could but I will be in Leavenworth

    October 6, 2013

  • Patricia S.

    Would really like to attend...Where in Lake City -- is it near public transportation? I do not have a car. Thanks!

    October 5, 2013

    • George L.

      It's near 15th Ave NE and NE 145th Street. The 73 and 348 bus lines pass by.

      October 5, 2013

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