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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nat Turner
... Samuel Turner
... Elizabeth Turner
... Raymond Cobb
... Reverend Walthall (as Mark Boone Jr.)
... Hark
... Nancy
... Isaac Turner
... Cherry
... Bridget
... Isaiah
... Esther
... Young Nat Turner
... Earl Fowler
... Joseph Randall
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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

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A Battle Against Slavery. See more »


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

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7 October 2016 (USA)  »

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El nacimiento de una nación  »

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Budget:

$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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Nate Parker invested $100,000 of his own money into the film. See more »

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Nat quotes says he is quoting from Peter 2:18, the correct book of the bible that he quotes from is 1 Peter 2:18. See more »

Quotes

Nat Turner: You need to tell me who done this to you. 'Cause I'm gonna take care of it, you hear? On my soul. I need you to tell me now.
Cherry: "Put up again thy sword into His place. For all they that take the sword... shall pass with the sword." You taught me that.
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A Mediocre Semi-Accurate Historical Film
9 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

I typically love historical films. Having a bachelors degree in history and an enormous home library consisting of many historical books from all periods in American and World history, I have a fond knack for this particular subject.

Unfortunately 2016's "Birth of A Nation" mostly disappoints. This film feels more like a made for TV movie than a big budget film. The dialogue felt contrived and the movie was plagued with too many clichés. The film also ignores the darker side of the slave rebellion, in which women and children became innocent victims, along with the plantation owners.

Birth of a Nation basically paints Nat Turner has an unquestionable hero, yet the real Nat Turner - if you've ever read any history - probably wouldn't be considered as a hero by the vast majority of modern people, considering some of his questionable actions during the rebellion that left women and children slaughtered.

There wasn't really much of an impact on me by the end of the film, and I think the film mostly fails to give the viewer a clear or unique message. In the end, the film mostly feels like a waste of resources. Historical films should be better than this!


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