2012: The Year of the Copperhead?

If you thought Ron Maxwell was the only person making a movie about Copperheads this year, think again! As it turns out, there is actually another film dealing with the subject, though in an entirely different way, slated for theatrical release on May 10. Directed by Harold Cronk, and starring Christopher Lloyd, Ernie Hudson, and Derek Brandon, Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy looks and sounds like your prototypical family-friendly adventure movie, and it probably is, but it does indeed involve the American Civil War. The synopsis of the film is as follows:

In this family-friendly adventure, when a mythical device from ancient times is rebuilt by a group of Confederates who feel the Civil War never ended, 12-year old Mickey Matson and his friend, Sully, must follow a series of clues left to him by his grandfather to keep the evil men away from the three mystical objects that power the device. If he fails, it could mean not only the loss of his family’s home, but maybe the demise of our country as we know it. Mickey needs to make tough choices pitting good versus evil along the way in hopes to arrive at an outcome in everyone’s best interest.

While I really have no interest in seeing this, Mickey Matson could prove to be a pretty important film, even though I am writing this under the assumption that the actual facts regarding the Civil War will be limited, and there is no telling how the actual, literal Copperheads will figure into the plot and be represented. The reason why this could be so important? Because it is aimed at kids, and could unintentionally spark their interest in the Civil War without them even knowing it (like what Indiana Jones did for archaeology). I do not know if this will be nationally released or be one of those films that only finds its way into smaller theaters, but if anyone happens to see this movie or has more information, please let us know. Two movies about Civil War Copperheads in the same year? Who would have thought?!

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9 thoughts on “2012: The Year of the Copperhead?

      1. Like I said, I don’t plan on seeing it. I just hope that any Civil war facts that ARE present in the film, however few or irrelevant they may be, that are at least CORRECT.

  1. We have two factions in our kid’s adventure film, Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy. The Secret Order of Patriots are a fictitious group of special forces (think Civil War Delta Force) commissioned by president Abraham Lincoln to destroy an alchemy machine developed by the Confederacy, and capture the three elements that power it. Then we have the Copperheads, our “bad guys,” who are modern-day Confederates living in the north. They are after the three elements which have been hidden away for all these years by the descendants of the Secret Order of Patriots. So we have a mixed bag of fantasy and accuracy.The flashback scenes are accurate as far as costuming. For the most part the weaponry is accurate. We did rely on Mr. James Newkirk and some of his associates for our uniforms and advice. He’s quite an authority on all things Civil War in this part of Michigan. The film will premiere on May 10 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and we hope for a national theatrical release in the summer. If you have any questions, please email me: edgar@mickeymatson.com

    Edgar Struble
    Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy

  2. jazmine

    I am a 13 year old child and my friends and i went to go see this feature and it was educational and it made me want to look deeper into the civil war so don`t dogg somthing out that you haven`t even seen. I thought it was a five star movie so anybody who thinks otherwise can Shut the **** up!!!!!

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