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The Birth of a Nation

"The Fiery Cross of the Ku Klux Klan!"

1915-02-08 Drama 3hr 13m

Two families, abolitionist Northerners the Stonemans and Southern landowners the Camerons, intertwine. When Confederate colonel Ben Cameron is captured in battle, nurse Elsie Stoneman petitions for his pardon. In Reconstruction-era South Carolina, Cameron founds the Ku Klux Klan, battling Elsie's congressman father and his African-American protégé, Silas Lynch.

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Two families, abolitionist Northerners the Stonemans and Southern landowners the Camerons, intertwine. When Confederate colonel Ben Cameron is captured in battle, nurse Elsie Stoneman petitions for his pardon. In Reconstruction-era South Carolina, Cameron founds the Ku Klux Klan, battling Elsie's congressman father and his African-American protégé, Silas Lynch.

  • Released
    1915-02-08
  • Revenue
    $11,000,000
  • Budget
    $100,000
  • Runtime
    3hr 13m
  • Genre
    Drama, History, War
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    No Language
  • imdb-logo
    6.1
  • Production
    Epoch Film Co.

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Cast

Henry B. Walthall

Henry B. Walthall

Col. Ben Cameron
Lillian Gish

Lillian Gish

Stoneman's Daughter Elsie
Miriam Cooper

Miriam Cooper

Margaret Cameron
Mae Marsh

Mae Marsh

Flora Cameron
Mary Alden

Mary Alden

Stoneman's Housekeeper Lydia
Ralph Lewis

Ralph Lewis

Leader of the House Hon. Austin Stoneman
George Siegmann

George Siegmann

Lieut. Governor Silas Lynch
Joseph Henabery

Joseph Henabery

Abraham Lincoln
Wallace Reid

Wallace Reid

Jeff, the Blacksmith
Elmer Clifton

Elmer Clifton

Stoneman's Elder Son Phil
Josephine Crowell

Josephine Crowell

Mrs. Cameron
George Beranger

George Beranger

Wade Cameron
Maxfield Stanley

Maxfield Stanley

Duke Cameron
Donald Crisp

Donald Crisp

Gen. U.S. Grant
Howard Gaye

Howard Gaye

Gen. Robert E. Lee
Sam De Grasse

Sam De Grasse

Charles Sumner
Willam Freeman

Willam Freeman

Jake / Sentry at Hospital
Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson

Stoneman's Servant
Fred Burns

Fred Burns

Klansman
Allan Sears

Allan Sears

Klansman
Elmo Lincoln

Elmo Lincoln

Blacksmith
Raoul Walsh

Raoul Walsh

John Wilkes Booth
Harry Braham

Harry Braham

Cameron's Male Servant
Bob Burns

Bob Burns

Klan Leader
Peggy Cartwright

Peggy Cartwright

Young Girl in Cabin
Dark Cloud

Dark Cloud

General
Leonore Cooper

Leonore Cooper

Elsie's Maid
Charles Eagle Eye

Charles Eagle Eye

Man Who Falls from Roof
John Ford

John Ford

Klansman
Olga Grey

Olga Grey

Laura Keene
Alberta Lee

Alberta Lee

Mrs. Lincoln
Betty Marsh

Betty Marsh

Child with Dr. Cameron
Donna Montran

Donna Montran

Belle of 1861
Eugene Pallette

Eugene Pallette

Union Soldier
Alma Rubens

Alma Rubens

Belle of 1861
Jules White

Jules White

Confederate Soldier
Violet Wilkey

Violet Wilkey

Young Flora Cameron
David Butler

David Butler

Northern Soldier / Confederate Soldier

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A Review by prabhushakti 10

Written by prabhushakti on 2018-03-03

He achieved what no other known man has ever achieved. To watch his work is like being witness to the beginning of melody, or the first cons... read more

He achieved what no other known man has ever achieved. To watch his work is like being witness to the beginning of melody, or the first conscious use of the lever or the wheel; the emergence, coordination, and first eloquence of language; thebirth of an art: and to realize that this is all the work of one man. - James Agee Griffith demonstrated to every filmmaker and moviegoer who followed him what a movie was, and what a movie could be. - Roger Ebert

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A Review by prabhushakti

He achieved what no other known man has ever achieved. To watch his work is like being witness to the beginning of melody, or the first conscious use of the lever or the wheel; the emergence, coordination, and first eloquence of language; t...

reviewer avatar

A Review by prabhushakti 10

Written by prabhushakti on 2018-03-03

He achieved what no other known man has ever achieved. To watch his work is like being witness to the beginning of melody, or the first conscious use of the lever or the wheel; the emergence, coordina...

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