7.9/10
3,398
24 user 25 critic

America America (1963)

A young Anatolian Greek, entrusted with his family's fortune, loses it en route to Istanbul and dreams of going to the United States.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Wild River (1960)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A TVA bureaucrat comes to the river to do what none of his predecessors have been able to do - evict a stubborn octogenarian from her island before the rising waters engulf her.

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, Jo Van Fleet
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

An Arkansas drifter becomes an overnight media sensation. As he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become?

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa
The Visitors (1972)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Bill, Martha and their little child Hal are spending a quiet winter Sunday in their cosy house when they get an unexpected visit from Mike Nickerson and Tony Rodriguez. Mike and Tony are ... See full summary »

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Patrick McVey, Patricia Joyce, James Woods
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Encouraged by her idealistic if luckless father, a bright and imaginative young woman comes of age in a Brooklyn tenement during the early 1900s.

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Czech circus owner-Clown and his entire troupe employ a daring stratagem in order to escape en masse from behind the iron curtain.

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Fredric March, Terry Moore, Gloria Grahame
Baby Doll (1956)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A steamy tale of two Southern rivals and a sensuous nineteen-year-old virgin.

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Karl Malden, Carroll Baker, Eli Wallach
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A doctor and a policeman in New Orleans have only 48 hours to locate a killer infected with pneumonic plague.

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Richard Widmark, Paul Douglas, Barbara Bel Geddes
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A fragile Kansas girl's love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness.

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle
Boomerang! (1947)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The true story of a prosecutor's fight to prove the innocence of a man accused of a notorious murder.

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Dana Andrews, Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobb
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A suicidal advertising executive is forced to re-evaluate his life while dealing with his unhappy marriage, his mistress, and his aging father.

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Faye Dunaway, Deborah Kerr
Viva Zapata! (1952)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The story of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who led a rebellion against the corrupt, oppressive dictatorship of president Porfirio Diaz in the early 20th century.

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Marlon Brando, Jean Peters, Anthony Quinn
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

F.Scott Fitzgerald's novel is brought to life in this story of a movie producer slowly working himself to death.

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Robert De Niro, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Frank Wolff ...
Vartan Damadian
Harry Davis ...
Isaac Topouzoglou
Elena Karam ...
Vasso Topouzoglou
Estelle Hemsley ...
Grandmother Topouzoglou
Gregory Rozakis ...
Hohannes Gardashian
...
Osman
Salem Ludwig ...
Odysseus Topouzoglou
...
Garabet
...
Vartuhi
Paul Mann ...
Aleko Sinnikoglou
Linda Marsh ...
Thomna Sinnikoglou
...
Aratoon Kebabian
Katharine Balfour ...
Sophia Kebabian
Edit

Storyline

Elia Kazan, ethnic Greek but Turkish by birth, tells the story of the struggles of his uncle - in this account named Stavros Topouzoglou - in emigrating to America. In the 1890's, the young, kind-hearted but naive Stavros lived in Anatolia, where the Greek and Armenian minorities were repressed by the majority Turks, this repression which often led to violence. Even Stavros being friends with an Armenian was frowned upon. As such, Stavros dreamed of a better life - specifically in America - where, as a result, he could make his parents proud by his grand accomplishments. Instead, his parents, with most of their money, sent Stavros to Constantinople to help fund the carpet shop owned by his first cousin once removed. What Stavros encountered on his journey, made on foot with a small donkey, made him question life in Anatolia even further. Once in Constantinople, his resolve to earn the 110 Turkish pound third class fare to the United States became stronger than ever. But try after try,... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

greek | dream | america | money | turk | See All (306) »

Taglines:

A trail to the light! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 June 1964 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Hamal  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Kazan began shooting in Istanbul, but was concerned that Turkish officials would object to some of the material content and moved his base of production to Greece. See more »

Quotes

Turkish soldier: [to Stavros] If you go to whores, you must expect to be robbed.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Director Elia Kazan narrates the main portion of the closing credits, reading the words as they appear on the screen, using complete sentences such as "The cinematography was by Haskell Wexler." See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cut (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Frustration, Dreams And Loneliness
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A jewel
23 October 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"America, America" is a movie made with the soul. It is a hair-raising movie about the immigrant experience, made by artists temporarily outside the Hollywood cage. It is about the struggle to be human in a world that bites at you, and it is about naked desire. "America, America" is a film about a young man with ichor in his arteries, made by people with ichor in their arteries.

Stavros is a young Greek from Anatolia, a youth with burning eyes, full of ethos as well. He yearns to live a life away from degradation (Greeks in Anatolia were a despised minority). This movie shows his peregrination to America, in three of the shortest hours I've ever lived. It shows a cycle of being broken and rebuilt over and again, the death of illusions, the obduracy of hope, and the rack of desire.

Haskell Wexler deserves special mention as he quite frequently produced jaw-dropping shots in this movie. There is a scene in this movie where Stavros is sat next to an older woman, Sophia (sat together like panthers watching an ape play with jackals), and the electricity between them, established entirely visually, is a devastation.

The editing from Dede Allen, is similarly special, and you can see that Kazan acknowledged all this creative talent as he reads out all the names of the major creative staff at the end over the credits. One particularly beautiful effect was a dissolve the last time we see Stavros' mother, where her face persist on the screen for a moment, almost as if she has become a ghost.

You absolutely must see this movie.


9 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I also would like to find this dantonio5
What's the ratio? SteamshipBooth
Incredible Film Lorensen
Less than 400 votes?!? Rune3000
hamal? victor-41
A film to see wolfwitch22
Discuss America America (1963) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?