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America (1924)

The story of a family caught up in the American Revolutionary War.


D.W. Griffith


Robert W. Chambers (screenplay), Robert W. Chambers (story)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Hamilton ... Nathan Holden
Erville Alderson ... Justice Montague
Carol Dempster ... Miss Nancy Montague
Charles Emmett Mack ... Justice Charles Montague
Lee Beggs ... Samuel Adams
John Dunton John Dunton ... John Hancock
Arthur Donaldson ... King George III
Charles Bennett Charles Bennett ... William Pitt
Downing Clarke Downing Clarke ... Lord Chamberlain
Frank Walsh Frank Walsh ... Thomas Jefferson
Frank McGlynn Jr. ... Patrick Henry
Arthur Dewey Arthur Dewey ... George Washington
P.R. Scammon P.R. Scammon ... Richard Henry Lee
Lionel Barrymore ... Capt. Walter Butler
Sydney Deane Sydney Deane ... Sir Ashley Montague


The first half of the film portrays the struggle of the under-armed, under-manned colonists against the British Redcoats at Lexington, Bunker Hill and Valley Forge. Other landmarks of the American Revolution shown include the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere's midnight ride and Patrick Henry's (played by Frank McGlyyn Jr. and not played by his father Frank McGlynn Sr) inflammatory speeches to the VIrginia House of Burgesses. The second half dwells on the bloody Indian War of Mohawk Valley. THe parts are tied together by the troubled romance between a young patriot, Nathan Holden (Neal Hamilton)and Nancy Montague (Carol Dempster), the daughter of a Tory Judge. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

21 February 1924 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

América See more »

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Production Co:

D.W. Griffith Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


| (Killiam Restoration with narration)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The inter-titles declaring the American Revolution was actually mounted to further the cause of an English-speaking civilization might seem confusing without reference to the political climate of 1924, when the film was made, and director Griffith's own white supremacist predilections. (The film's racism is evident by the depiction and referencing of Native Americans as savages.) Anti-immigration sentiment was high in 1924, culminating in the Immigration Act that incorporated the National Origins Act and the Asian Exclusion Act and restricted immigration from non-white and non-English speaking countries, favoring northern European immigrants. See more »


Paul Revere falls off his horse. For some reason, Griffith has Revere ride up the steps of people's homes to announce "The British are coming!" as if he has to shout this at their doors. Backing down one set of stairs, Revere's horse falls, tossing the actor, who quickly recovers and shows considerable concern for the horse's welfare. Griffith left in the spill. See more »


Edited into The Negro Soldier (1944) See more »

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A ponderous history lesson
18 February 2004 | by mik-19See all my reviews

I sincerely believe you need to be American and/or extremely familiar with American revolutionary history and mythology to benefit at all from this movie. Being a European I desperately hung on to Griffith's very long, ponderous inter titles the contents and pedantic tone of which were driving me up the wall with boredom. This is an old-school history lesson with nice, well-lit pictures and it doesn't help a lot that Griffith tries to spice it up with a Romeo & Juliet inspired love affair between Neil Hamilton and Carol Dempster, stilted and artificial.

It never ceases to amaze me how the director who staged the riveting finale of 'Way Down East', the whole continuous glory of 'Hearts of the World', 'Orphans of the Storm', 'Broken Blossoms' and, oh yes, the inimitable, symphonic dynamics of the insurmountable 'Intolerance', how can it be that Griffith as late as 1924 is so uncertain as to what will play and what not?

He was fifty, so? He was going out of fashion fast, here you see why. What happened? Will somebody write the book and let me know?


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