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Elia Kazan (written by)
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Release Date:
17 June 1964 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
A trail to the light! See more »
Plot:
A young Anatolian Greek, entrusted with his family's fortune, loses it en route to Istanbul and dreams of going to America, Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 5 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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One of the most American of movies. See more (23 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Stathis Giallelis ... Stavros Topouzoglou
Frank Wolff ... Vartan Damadian
Harry Davis ... Isaac Topouzoglou
Elena Karam ... Vasso Topouzoglou
Estelle Hemsley ... Grandmother Topouzoglou
Gregory Rozakis ... Hohannes Gardashian
Lou Antonio ... Abdul
Salem Ludwig ... Odysseus Topouzoglou

John Marley ... Garabet

Joanna Frank ... Vartuhi
Paul Mann ... Aleko Sinnikoglou
Linda Marsh ... Thomna Sinnikoglou
Robert H. Harris ... Aratoon Kebabian
Katharine Balfour ... Sophia Kebabian
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Giorgos Foundas ... (uncredited)
Dimitris Nikolaidis ... (uncredited)
Dimos Starenios ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Elia Kazan 
 
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Elia Kazan (written by)

Produced by
Charles H. Maguire .... associate producer
Elia Kazan .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Manos Hatzidakis  (as Manos Hadjidakis)
 
Cinematography by
Haskell Wexler (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dede Allen 
 
Production Design by
Gene Callahan 
 
Art Direction by
Vassilis Photopoulos (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone 
 
Makeup Department
Eligio Trani .... makeup artist (as Emilio Trani)
 
Sound Department
Jean Bagley .... sound editor
Edward Beyer .... head sound editor
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound editor (as John Fitzstephens)
Le Roy Robbins .... sound mixer (as Leroy Robbins)
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recording mixer (as Richard Vorisek)
Stanley Bixtel .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cesare Donodi .... chief grip
Ralph Gerling .... assistant camera
Massimo Massimi .... chief electrician
Harlow Stengel .... camera operator (as Harlowe Stengel)
Frank J. Calabria .... additional photographer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Peter Grivas .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Stanley Buetens .... music editor
Nikos Gatsos .... lyrics
 
Other crew
Burtt Harris .... production assistant
Marie Kenney .... script continuity
Theodore Kritas .... liason: Greece, Athena Enterprises Corporation
 

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Runtime:
174 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia:
Of all the films he had directed, this one was Elia Kazan's favorite film, as it was very personal to him.See more »
Quotes:
Elia Kazan:[Voice- over] My name is Elia Kazan. I am a Greek by blood, a Turk by birth and an American because my uncle made a journey.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in A Letter to Elia (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
Evil ThoughtsSee more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
One of the most American of movies., 22 April 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

While I am not sure I'd consider this to be Elia Kazan's best film, it certainly ranks up there with his best--which is saying a lot considering he's the same guy who brought us "On The Waterfront", "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Rebel Without a Cause". As for Kazan himself, this was his favorite film as it's the story of his uncle--a man who busted his butt to get himself to America around the turn of the century.

When the movie begins, Kazan himself narrates and explains that the story is about the man who is responsible for him and his family immigrating to the US. His story begins in Turkey. It's around the time in history when the Turks were about to wipe out most of the Armenians--and things for other minorities in their land (in this case, the Greeks) weren't very good either. So, a family decides to send their oldest son, Stavros (Stathis Giallelis), to Constantiople to earn his fortune--and to be able to afford to eventually bring them all to America...and freedom. Stavros is a very, very determined man...but also quite naive. Again and again, he's used by people and left with nothing. But, he's an amazingly resilient guy and soon he's willing to do just about anything to make the money he needs to take the ship to America.

While the story is rather simple, it's handled exquisitely. You can really tell that it's a labor of love, as the story unfolds very slowly and patiently. This is NOT a complaint-just a statement about the writer/director's style in the movie. It's really great what he was able to achieve with mostly inexperienced actors and non-actors. Perhaps Giallelis' performance is a bit too quiet and even stilted...but it is hard to imagine that he wasn't even an actor! Overall, it's a beautiful tale--and one of the most American of movies because it tells a story of immigration that most of us in the US can relate to. Even though my family was not Greek, so much of the rest of the film is pretty typical of what other poor families like my own probably went through on their way to a new land. Well worth seeing and a nice history lesson.

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