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America America (1963)

 |  Drama  |  17 June 1964 (France)
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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.



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Grandmother Topouzoglou
Gregory Rozakis ...
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Lou Antonio ...
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Odysseus Topouzoglou
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Aratoon Kebabian
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Elia Kazan, ethnic Greek but Turkish by birth, tells the story of the struggles of his uncle - in this account named Stavros Topouzoglou - in emigrating to America. In the 1890's, the young, kind-hearted but naive Stavros lived in Anatolia, where the Greek and Armenian minorities were repressed by the majority Turks, this repression which often led to violence. Even Stavros being friends with an Armenian was frowned upon. As such, Stavros dreamed of a better life - specifically in America - where, as a result, he could make his parents proud by his grand accomplishments. Instead, his parents, with most of their money, sent Stavros to Constantinople to help fund the carpet shop owned by his first cousin once removed. What Stavros encountered on his journey, made on foot with a small donkey, made him question life in Anatolia even further. Once in Constantinople, his resolve to earn the 110 Turkish pound third class fare to the United States became stronger than ever. But try after try,... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

17 June 1964 (France)  »

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Hamal  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Gene Callahan was Kazan's 'set decorator' on films that Dick Sylbert, and his twin brother Paul, as an associate, had art directed for Kazan. The Sylbert twins had worked with Gene on CBS-New York Network and Local television productions as an art department team. Kazan asked Gene to travel with him to Greece, and to be his film's Production Designer. Noteworthy is that this is Gene's first 'art director' credit. During the film's location filming, Gene also decorated, as he supervised the sets preparation for filming (construction and set decorating) crews. During the film career of Kazan and Callahan, they performed as a team on many succeeding film projects. See more »


Garabet: [Talking about money] Now then, big money. Big money is fertile. It procreates. How I don't know. But it reproduces itself. Every time you look, there's more, but there's only two ways men like us can get big money... steal it, or, if you're young, marry. But you can't get it by work.
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Director Elia Kazan narrates the main portion of the closing credits, reading the words as they appear on the screen, using complete sentences such as "The cinematography was by Haskell Wexler." See more »


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One of the Best!
8 September 1999 | by (Illinois) – See all my reviews

Agreed! "America, America" is one of the best pictures ever made. It is a must see for any first or second generation American. A true American classic in the best sense. The movie might be a bit hard to find on video, but when you find it you won't be disappointed....I promise!

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