Culpeper State Theatre to Screen New Civil War Movie

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Director Ronald Maxwell will be on hand to discuss the film, "Copperhead"

“Copperhead,” the third American Civil War movie directed by Ronald Maxwell, will be shown at the newly restored State Theatre in Culpeper, Va., on June 28. Maxwell will be present to introduce the new film, and there will be a post-screening meet-and-greet for VIPs in the upstairs Black Box Theatre.

The movie will be screened on Friday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. and will be shown again on Sunday, June 30 at 2:30 p.m. The fee per ticket for the premier will be $15 with the meet-and-greet VIP ticket at $25 for the 75-person capacity. All tickets for June 30 will be $15.

The movie is based on the 1893 novel “The Copperhead” by Harold Frederic, who was a child during the conflicts of the Civil War. The title refers to the name given to Northerners who wanted to negotiate a peace settlement with the Confederates, and the story portrays the war’s effects on both families and communities.

The film stars Billy Campbell as Abner Beech, an anti-war farmer who defies his community, and Angus Macfadyen as Beech’s neighbor and enemy, Jee Hagadorn. Two-time Academy Award nominated actor Peter Fonda plays the character of Avery.

“I wanted to explore something…intimate,” director Maxwell explained. “My previous pictures focused on officers and leaders, but, in reality, the war was fought by teenage boys, most from small towns whose families ended up devastated by the war even if no battles were fought nearby.”

Maxwell’s other Civil War movies include “Gettysburg” (1993) and “Gods and Generals” (2003). Although the new film focuses on the same time period, “Copperhead” emphasizes the different factions that were present in the North and South during the war, showing the vast range of social opinions that were not bound by geographical region.

“If there’s a political point to the film,” said screenwriter Bill Kauffman, “it’s a defense of dissent.”

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ABOUT THE STATE THEATRE: The State Theatre is located at 305 S. Main St., Culpeper, Virginia 22701. Culpeper is located just over an hour from Washington D.C., 30 minutes from Fredericksburg and 45 minutes from Charlottesville. Amtrak offers daily service from the North and South right into the historic district. Culpeper has outstanding restaurants, shops, wineries and a number of beautiful boutique hotels and major chain hotels. Visit for more information or call 540-829-0293. For tickets call 540-829-0292 or email: tix(at)culpepertheatre(dot)org.

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