America America (1963)

174 mins | Drama | 15 December 1963

Director:

Elia Kazan

Writer:

Elia Kazan

Producer:

Elia Kazan

Cinematographer:

Haskell Wexler

Editor:

Dede Allen

Production Designer:

Gene Callahan

Production Company:

Athena Enterprises
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HISTORY

Filmed entirely in ... More Less

Filmed entirely in Greece. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
1 Mar 1962
p. 3.
Daily Variety
11 Mar 1962
p. 1.
Daily Variety
14 May 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
29 May 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
15 Jun 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
22 Jun 1962
p. 1.
Daily Variety
15 Aug 1962
p. 7.
Daily Variety
31 Aug 1962
p. 7.
Daily Variety
28 Nov 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
8 Jan 1963
p. 3.
Daily Variety
10 Jan 1963
p. 2.
Daily Variety
11 Jan 1963
p. 6.
Daily Variety
21 Jan 1963
p. 2.
Daily Variety
23 Jan 1963
p. 4.
Daily Variety
8 Feb 1963
p. 18.
Daily Variety
13 Nov 1963
p. 2.
Daily Variety
3 Dec 1963
p. 10.
Daily Variety
16 Dec 1963
p. 2, 3.
Daily Variety
17 Dec 1963
p. 2.
Daily Variety
23 Dec 1963
p. 2.
Daily Variety
17 Jan 1964
p. 4.
Los Angeles Times
23 Aug 1962
p. 25.
Los Angeles Times
21 Sep 1962
Section C, p. 13.
Los Angeles Times
24 Dec 1963
Section B, p. 5.
Los Angeles Times
29 Dec 1963
Section B, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
7 Apr 1963
Section B, p. 6.
Los Angeles Times
25 Dec 1963
Section E, p. 15.
New York Times
29 May 1962
p. 33, 63.
New York Times
3 Jun 1962
p. 64.
New York Times
25 Jul 1962
p. 28.
New York Times
23 Sep 1962
p. 307.
New York Times
1 Oct 1962
p. 28.
New York Times
25 Nov 1962
p. 165.
New York Times
29 Jan 1963
p. 5.
New York Times
15 Dec 1963
p. 123.
New York Times
16 Dec 1963
p. 42.
New York Times
29 Dec 1963
p. 47.
Variety
21 Mar 1962
p. 4.
Variety
11 Mar 1964
p. 4.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Asst film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Lyrics
SOUND
Sd mix
Re-rec mix
Ch sd ed
Sd ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Opt eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod asst
Set construction
Liaison in greece for athena enterprises
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel America America by Elia Kazan (New York, 1962).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Anatolian Smile
Release Date:
15 December 1963
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 15 December 1963
Los Angeles opening: 25 December 1963
Production Date:
began 25 July 1962
Copyright Claimant:
Athena Enterprises
Copyright Date:
22 February 1964
Copyright Number:
LP29435
Duration(in mins):
174
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Stavros Topouzoglou, a young Greek, decides to emigrate to America when one of his closest friends is murdered for standing up to Turkish oppression in 1896. As a preliminary step, he journeys to Constantinople in order to join his cousin Odysseus' rug business. His parents, Isaac and Vasso, planning to join their son later, entrust him with the Topouzoglou valuables; but Stavros is robbed on the way by Abdul, a dishonest Turk who previously befriended him. He later avenges the theft by killing Abdul but reaches his cousin's home penniless and disgraced. Odysseus advises Stavros to capitalize on his good looks by marrying a wealthy woman, but Stavros refuses to jeopardize his trip to America. Instead, he joins a group of revolutionaries and is seriously wounded during a raid. After a short affair with Vartuhi, one of the conspirator's daughters, Stavros reconsiders his cousin's suggestion and becomes engaged to Thomna Sinnikoglou, the homely daughter of a rug dealer. He finds that he cannot go through with the marriage, however, and accepts only a fraction of the large dowry offered by Thomna's father--just enough money for a boat trip to America. A day before the ship's departure, Stavros meets Sophia, the wife of American rug buyer Aratoon Kebabian. They have an affair aboard ship, but the romance is quickly aborted when the furious Aratoon discovers them and promises to have the young Greek deported to Turkey. Stavros hides from the authorities but realizes that the most important dream of his life will probably be shattered. His despair over the certain deportation has driven him near the point of nervous collapse when he meets Hohanness Gardashian, a young Armenian who is ... +


Stavros Topouzoglou, a young Greek, decides to emigrate to America when one of his closest friends is murdered for standing up to Turkish oppression in 1896. As a preliminary step, he journeys to Constantinople in order to join his cousin Odysseus' rug business. His parents, Isaac and Vasso, planning to join their son later, entrust him with the Topouzoglou valuables; but Stavros is robbed on the way by Abdul, a dishonest Turk who previously befriended him. He later avenges the theft by killing Abdul but reaches his cousin's home penniless and disgraced. Odysseus advises Stavros to capitalize on his good looks by marrying a wealthy woman, but Stavros refuses to jeopardize his trip to America. Instead, he joins a group of revolutionaries and is seriously wounded during a raid. After a short affair with Vartuhi, one of the conspirator's daughters, Stavros reconsiders his cousin's suggestion and becomes engaged to Thomna Sinnikoglou, the homely daughter of a rug dealer. He finds that he cannot go through with the marriage, however, and accepts only a fraction of the large dowry offered by Thomna's father--just enough money for a boat trip to America. A day before the ship's departure, Stavros meets Sophia, the wife of American rug buyer Aratoon Kebabian. They have an affair aboard ship, but the romance is quickly aborted when the furious Aratoon discovers them and promises to have the young Greek deported to Turkey. Stavros hides from the authorities but realizes that the most important dream of his life will probably be shattered. His despair over the certain deportation has driven him near the point of nervous collapse when he meets Hohanness Gardashian, a young Armenian who is one of eight indentured shoeshine boys on his way to New York. Just as Stavros' chances for escape seem more remote than ever, Hohanness, who is dying of tuberculosis, jumps over the side of the ship and drowns himself, thereby permitting Stavros to use his name and take over the shoeshine job. The young Greek reaches America at last and begins saving money to bring his family to join him. +

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