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The Birth of a Nation (2016)

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Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.


Nate Parker


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nate Parker ... Nat Turner
Armie Hammer ... Samuel Turner
Penelope Ann Miller ... Elizabeth Turner
Jackie Earle Haley ... Raymond Cobb
Mark Boone Junior ... Reverend Walthall (as Mark Boone Jr.)
Colman Domingo ... Hark
Aunjanue Ellis ... Nancy
Dwight Henry ... Isaac Turner
Aja Naomi King ... Cherry
Esther Scott ... Bridget
Roger Guenveur Smith ... Isaiah
Gabrielle Union ... Esther
Tony Espinosa ... Young Nat Turner
Jayson Warner Smith ... Earl Fowler
Jason Stuart ... Joseph Randall


Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat's preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities - against himself and his fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A Battle Against Slavery. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content, and some brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El nacimiento de una nación See more »

Filming Locations:

Savannah, Georgia, USA


Box Office


$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,625,000, 7 October 2016

Gross USA:

$15,858,754, 2 December 2016
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


20th Century Fox canceled the release of the film in Japan, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Austria and Latin America, where it was originally slated for release in 2017, after it bombed at the US box office, which put a strain on the overall distribution budget for the film. See more »


The accents used in the film are typical of the modern deep south, not of the Tidewater region of Virginia in the first half of the 19th century. See more »


Bridget: To watch a strong man broken down is a terrible thing.
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The rebellion that was forgotten will now be remembered forever.
28 February 2016 | by ajscarpinoSee all my reviews

I had the opportunity to watch this film at Sundance this year and after the screening Nate Parker gave a speech that I will never forget.

I didn't learn about the Nat Turner Rebellion until I was in college and hearing that there was going to be a film was very exciting. I was 22 and learning about Nat Turner. 22 years on this earth without knowing about a man's ability to fight back for his life and the lives of everyone he knew.

This movie is about standing up against what's wrong and through his incredible performance, Nate Parker tells that story with passion and determination.

The film brought the realities of Nat Turner's life-time to life. You aren't watching a movie about Nat Turner, but rather, you are watching Nat Turner himself live the excruciating pain and tragedy of the south during the early 1800s. This movie represents our countries beginnings and the title is a reference to the infamous film made in 1915. 100 years later and we have made progress, but our country still has a long way to go.

What I enjoyed most about this movie was the message that Nate Parker wants you to walk away with. During his speech after the screening he said, "This film tells the fatalist to sit down, and the optimist to stand up." For those of you that aren't aware, Fatalism is "the view that we are powerless to do anything other than what we actually do."

So stop being the fatalist. Stand up and go make a change in this world.

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