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This epic tale about the American Revolution broke the bank for filmmaker D.W. Griffith. Robert W. Chambers loosely adapted his novel, The Reckoning, which focuses on the battles in New York state. Griffith however, found it necessary to add a romance, so Chambers obligingly added one for him. Captain Walter Butler (Lionel Barrymore), a supporter of the king, goads the Iroquois Indians into attacking settlers who are loyal to the Revolution. Nathan Holden (Neil Hamilton) is a dispatch rider for the Boston Committee on Public Safety, and a patriot. While on a mission in Virginia he meets Nancy… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of Griffith's last great films; a pageant about the American fight for freedom."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"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"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Innovative D. W. Griffith silent featuring great events in America's past."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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