America, America (The Anatolian Smile)
America, America (The Anatolian Smile) (1963)

The story of director Kazan's uncle, who grew up in a small village as a member of the Greek minority in Turkey in the end of the 19th century. When the oppression by the Turks increases, his father provides the young man with the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 8, 2011
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Elia Kazan's Greek uncle, who was the first of his family to emigrate to the United States, is paid a splendid tribute by his nephew in the new film, America, America.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A nicely told, occasionally highly emotional story, but the main purpose of the film seems to be to give writer-director Elia Kazan an excuse to pat himself on the back.

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Variety Staff

Elia Kazan gives a penetrating, thorough and profoundly affecting account of the hardships endured and surmounted at the turn of the century by a young Greek lad

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Emanuel Levy

Kazan's personal film, drawing on the immigration experience of his family, was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar but was a big commercial flop.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The entire movie benefits from its authenticity, geographical, historical and emotional, and may be seen as one of the peaks of Kazan's career.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

... while rich with detail of the life and culture of early 20th Century Turkey, it doesn't flow as much as pool around various episodes on the road of Stavros' education.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
really underappreciated film - near masterpiece
Walter M.
"America, America" starts in Anatolia in 1896 where Stavros(Stathis Giallelis), a Greek, and Vartan(Frank Wolff), an Armenian, scrape by on bringing… More