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America (1924)




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The defining moments leading to the American Revolution form the dramatic background for this tale of two lovers separated and eventually reunited in a time of extreme crisis. D.W. Griffith's last costume epic left him broke and confined to working for others the remainder of his career. Originally sixteen reels long.


Neil Hamilton
as Nathan Holden
Carol Dempster
as Miss Nancy Montague
Lionel Barrymore
as Capt. Walter Butler
Erville Alderson
as Justice Montague
Charles Emmett Mack
as Charles Philip Edward Montague
Lee Beggs
as Samuel Adams
John Dunton
as John Hancock
Arthur Donaldson
as King George III
Charles Bennett
as William Pitt
Dowling Clark
as Lord Chamberlain
Frank Walsh
as Thomas Jefferson
Frank McGlynn Jr.
as Patrick Henry
Arthur Dewey
as George Washington
Michael Donovan
as Maj. Gen Warren
P.R. Scammon
as Richard Henry Lee
Sidney Deane
as Sir Ashley Montague
W.W. Jones
as General Gage
Ed Roseman
as Capt. Montoue
Downing Clarke
as Lord Chamberlain
E. Roseman
as Captain Montour
Sydney Deane
as Sir Ashley Montague
Harry Semels
as Chief of Senecas, Hikatoo
Harry O'Neill
as Paul Revere
Paul Doucet
as Marquis de Lafayette
H. Van Bousen
as John Parker, Captain of Minute Men
Hugh Baird
as Major Pitcairn
James Milaidy
as Jonas Parker
H. Koser
as Colonel Prescott
Michael Donavan
as Major General Warren
Louis Wolheim
as Captain Hare
Frank McGlynn Sr.
as Patrick Henry
Riley Hatch
as Chief of Mohawks, Joseph Brant
H. Paul Doucet
as Marquis de Lafayette
W. Rising
as Edmund Burke
Daniel Carney
as Personal Servant of Miss Montague
E. Scanlon
as Household Servant at Ashley Court
Emil Hoch
as Lord North
Lucille La Verne
as A Refugee Mother
Edwin Holland
as Major Strong
Milton Noble
as An Old Patriot
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Critic Reviews for America

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

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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