America (1924)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 21, 1924
DVD Release Date: March 10, 1999
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

One of Griffith's last great films; a pageant about the American fight for freedom.


While lacking the punch of Birth of a Nation or Intolerance, Griffith's silent depiction of the American Revolution is still an engrossing watch, if only to marvel at the scale of it all.

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Iris Barry
The Spectator

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.

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Emanuel Levy

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

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TV Guide

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.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Innovative D. W. Griffith silent featuring great events in America's past.

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