Copperhead (2013)


Copperhead is a 2013 drama film directed by Ron Maxwell and starring Billy Campbell, Angus Macfadyen, Augustus Prew, Lucy Boynton, Casey Thomas Brown and Peter Fonda.

The film is based on a 19th-century novel The Copperhead by Harold Frederic.

The title refers to Northern opponents of the American Civil War, known as Copperheads.


In a rural community in upstate New York in 1862, farmer Abner Beech is a Northern antiwar Democrat. While his neighbours take up the Union cause in the ongoing American Civil War, Beech believes that coercion in resisting the secession of the southern states is unconstitutional, and gradually becomes more and more harassed for his views, derisively called a “Copperhead”. His son, Thomas Jefferson Beech, enlists in the Union Army. Beech also arouses the ire of militant abolitionist Jee Hagadorn, whose daughter Esther (Lucy Boynton) loves Jeff.


  • Billy Campbell as Abner Beech.
  • Angus Macfadyen as Jee Hagadorn.
  • Peter Fonda as Avery.
  • Augustus Prew as Ni Hagadorn.
  • Lucy Boynton as Esther Hagadorn.
  • Key Williams as Neels Robert.
  • Casey Thomas Brown as Jeff Beech.
  • François Arnaud as Warner Pitts.
  • Josh Cruddas as Jimmy.
  • Genevieve Steele as M’Rye Beech.


  • The film had the working title Copperhead: The War at Home.
  • It was shot at Kings Landing Historical Settlement in New Brunswick, Canada and is set in upstate New York.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Ron Maxwell.
  • Producer(s): Bryan Cassels.
  • Writer(s): Bill Kaufman.
  • Music: Laurent Eyquem.
  • Cinematography: Kees Van Oostrum.
  • Editor(s):
  • Production: Swordpoint Productions and Brainstorm Media.
  • Distributor(s): Film Collective.
  • Release Date: 28 June 2013.
  • Running time: 120 minutes.
  • Country: US and Canada.
  • Language: English.

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