Union Bound

DVD Release: August 2, 2016
Union Bound


Based on the amazing true story of Joseph Hoover, a Union soldier who was captured and then aided by slaves and found freedom. Sean Stone (son of Director Oliver Stone) plays Joseph Hoover. Hoover receives the help of freed slaves on his journey back to the Union, in this story based on the real Joseph Hoover’s diaries.

Dove Review

“Union Bound” is a powerful film, based on a diary written by a Union soldier named Joseph Hoover (Sean Stone). He winds up on the run from the Confederates, along with a man named Thomas J. Ryan (Randy Wayne). Surprisingly, a slave named Jim Young (Tank Jones) winds up on the run with them, and he helps them escape a few close calls.

The film examines the cruelty of the war and the ill treatment of the slaves, showing one slave woman who is beaten to death with a rifle. The Christian treatment Joseph and Thomas receive at the hands of the slaves is a sharp contrast to the treatment they receive from the soldiers. The film is clear that there are always good and bad people in the world, no matter the race or background of the person. Some of the characters who are treated the worst are those who treat others the kindest.

A soldier comes to the Lord in the story before he passes away. The film concludes with notes about what happened to certain characters in history. We are excited to present “Union Bound” our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages 12-plus.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: OMG-1; G*d Almighty-1; Union soldiers called "Yanks" and "Yankees" in a derogatory way; Yankee Demons-1; "Bas*ard"-1; D-1; "Da*n fool"-1; H is used, as in "the war is H," a few times; a black person is called a "darkie," which was not uncommon during this period of time; Ni*ger-1;
Violence: A few battles, including the Union and Confederates firing at each other; cannon fire; some people die and a few dead bodies are on the ground; "runners" are audibly being shot; young soldier is shot in the back; soldier has bloody bandage over his eyes; a man is punched and knocked out; man's bandaged and bloody leg is shown; slave is shot in arm, and blood is visible; ax held to man's throat; a slave says he had a good day because he "didn't catch a beating"; a man is hit with a whip; the sound of a woman being slapped or hit; a woman is hit with a rifle a few times and dies, although the scene isn't graphic.
Drugs: Pipe smoking; brandy is served.
Nudity: None
Other: Tension between characters; the mention of gambling debts; the cruelty of slavery and war.


Company: Medallion Releasing
Director: Harvey Lowry
Producer: Michael Davis
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 103 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L Carpenter