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America America -- A young Anatolian Greek, entrusted with his family's fortune, loses iten route to Istanbul and dreams of going to America.


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A young Anatolian Greek, entrusted with his family's fortune, loses it en route to Istanbul and dreams of going to the United States. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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 ... Osman
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)
Tom Holland ... Voice Overs (voice) (uncredited)

Elia Kazan ... Himself (voice) (uncredited)
Dimitris Nikolaidis ... (uncredited)
Dimos Starenios ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Elia Kazan 
Writing credits
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 publisher
Nikos Gatsos .... lyrics
Other crew
Charles Dorat .... french adaptation: original version with subtitles
Burtt Harris .... production assistant
Marie Kenney .... script continuity
Theodore Kritas .... liason: Greece, Athena Enterprises Corporation
Siné .... poster designer: re-release france

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

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Kazan speaks the credits at the end but omits voicing his own name.See more »
Stavros Topouzoglou:[to Hohannes] You have to look out for yourself in this world, you know. The only bad times I had was when I was... soft... or human. You can't afford to be human. People take advantage.See more »
Farewell Song And The VoyageSee more »


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12 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Kazan's heart-felt folly, 6 September 2008
Author: Martin Bradley ( from Derry, Ireland

It takes some time for Kazan's movie to find its level and it could do with some judicious pruning, (it lasts about three hours). The faults are mostly at the beginning, (it's worth sticking with it), and the scenes of peasant oppression and revolt don't ring true. The casting of American players doesn't help or maybe Kanzan was just too close to his material. It is, after all, the story of his own family and how they came to America. He not only directs but wrote it as well and it's a subject deeply felt, and which he doesn't view objectively.

It picks up when the hero, Stavros, (an unconvincing Stathis Giallelis), gets to Constantinople and falls in with a rich merchant and his family and is promised in marriage to the merchant's daughter. It isn't that these scenes feel any 'truer' than the earlier scenes of poverty, (this is a culture that is alien to us and Kazan lays on the religious symbolism a mite too heavily), but dramatically they are very well structured and observed and the performances of both Paul Mann as the merchant and Linda Marsh as his daughter are outstanding. The rest of the acting is very uneven and Giallelis is certainly no James Dean, (his career was short-lived).

In the film's final third we follow Stavros to America and the ship-board scenes are brilliantly done. Haskell Wexler photographs them with a documentary-like realism, (his cinematography throughout is superb), and Kazan reins in the film's penchant for melodrama, (only a sacrificial act of kindness strains credulity). There are several splendid sequences spread across the film and ultimately one is inclined to forgive Kazan for the occasions where it falls flat. It isn't, of course, in any way 'commercial', which is some kind of virtue in itself. It panders to no-one but Kazan. Perhaps that makes it some kind of folly but if it is, then it's a grandiose one.

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