America

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In Lexington, Mass., in the mid-1770s, British renegade officer Capt. Walter Butler (Lionel Barrymore) struggles to enlist the aid of Indians against the tide of colonists rebelling for independence. Meanwhile, impoverished farmer Nathan Holden (Neil Hamilton), who is in love with aristocrat Nancy Montague (Carol Dempster), reluctantly joins the Patriots -- only to find himself eventually battling Nancy's stern father, Justice Montague (Erville Alderson), and arrogant brother, Charles.

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Neil Hamilton
Nathan Holden
Carol Dempster
Miss Nancy Montague
Erville Alderson
Justice Montague
Charles Emmett Mack
Justice Charles Montague
Lee Beggs
Samuel Adams
John Dunton
John Hancock
Lionel Barrymore
Capt. Walter Butler
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Critic Reviews for America

  • Awesome battle scenes are woven into the story of a family caught up in the currents of history. What's missing is the strong personal feeling that Griffith --whose father fought for the Confederacy -- brought to his story of Reconstruction.

    October 5, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • America is, thanks to the push of its director, a great film. Lionel Barrymore's performance is worthy of all praise. [Full review in Spanish]

    February 28, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The film itself is ordinary, and shows hardly any trace of the largeness and sensitiveness of vision that made The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance the two finest American films produced in ten years.

    October 5, 2015 | Full Review…
  • What had begun as a stirring saga about a group of ordinary people caught up in the sweep of history degenerates into a potboiler in which history is reduced to local color.

    October 5, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • One of Griffith's last great films; a pageant about the American fight for freedom.

    November 21, 2007 | Rating: 3/5
  • Griffith's epic spectacle about the Revolutionary War was based on his 1907 play, War. Shot on location, in Farmington and Summit, N.Y., it features impressive battle scenes and period detail, offering an early glimpse of the Native American onscreen

    August 21, 2006 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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