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Exceptional Tale of Personal Stuggle & Triumph..
Was drawn in immediately to this story of a fathers attempt to save his family from tyranny, and the eldest son on who's shoulders he's placed all their fortunes.. But his son has his own ideas of salvation, and so we're brought down a long and arduous path filled with missteps, misfortunes, and the internal struggles of a young man so determined not to fail himself or his father, that he almost loses his soul along the way...
My husband and I just watched this movie, and thoroughly enjoyed it! Very well done movie! i could picure my ancesters coming over from the old country and landing at Ellis Island. Also, someone in a previous review said that Elia Kazan was Armenian, and not Greek - but according to Wikipedia he was born in Istanbul to Greek immigrant parents.
Kazan wasn't as bad as the Stalinist Dalton Trumbo
- Uncle Teardrop
who made sure "Darkness at Noon" was never produced
Too bad that a movie about people seeking freedom and justice was made but such a sniveling lackey of Joe McCarthy. Kazan made great movies, but he was a rat, and that should never be forgotten.
- Donald Nolan
Please get it correct. He was an Armenian, not Greek
Brilliant, passionate movie
This is an epic story. Sometimes it feels as if the movie is as long as the journey. But the performances are so honest, and the characters and the story so compelling. It is the story of my grandparents too, who were forced to flee an oppressive land in order to survive. It is the same story of countless people on this earth today too, who by sheer strength of will, and a few miracles along the way, become Americans. We must remember it is the story of everyone whose family struggled to get here, so we can see people as individuals, with individual stories, and not some faceless horde of immigrants who come here seeking a handout. Another amazing movie about the immigrant experience is "El Norte," which I would love to see on TCM.
No Matter What Others May Spin
About this film, it was a true story, and was portrayed as such. No "gimmics",or "political meanderings" herein. To wonder how "conservatives" would view this is silly....it was a cinematic voyage that emotes an emotional response from the viewer,and a newfound gratitude for this "Last Best Hope"for mankind, namely America. After all, isn't that the focal point of the movie? How peoples from around the globe dreamed of the journey to America, and would endure extreme hardship, and yes, even death itself to come here. The main character's trials and tribulations,his experiences detailing great personal loss, shame, discouragement, and the all- too- familiar" evil of man" upon fellow man were compelling. But it must also be noted that there were brief moments of kindness, in an unkind world, that shone through and it was portrayed in a realistic sense, not any "sappy" Hollywood genre. The realization of the world, and "life as it is" is reminiscent of the works of Miguel deCervantes, and "Quixotic" to say the least....and because of that one never tires of the tale. Today's film industry would balk at a making a movie of almost three hours....that's what was truly great about this epic tale...you become so enraptured with it that the time just flew by, and the finale was wonderful. An epic tale not meant for the short attention span sheeple who need to wake up today.
could have been really good
This film could have been really good if the Lead Actor knew how to act. Everyone in the Movie is better than the lead. So call it an Artistic film....but you can watch it if your bored and there is nothing else on.
- Adrian Snare
An excellent movie, can our conservatives learn anything by watching it ? I'll give this one an 89%. But, I fell asleep before it ended. I think these sort of movies depict how bad things are on this planet rather than how great America is..
- Dashiell Barnes
Elia Kazan directs this personal joureny about his uncle's struggle to immigrate to America in the hopes of making a better life. What I liked, Manos Hadjidakis score & the documentary style of filmming in graphic black & white. Elia's story is compelling & suspenceful, but had dull & uneventful episodes, which is one of the thing's I didn't like. The lead, played by Stathis Giallelis is an uninteresting character which could have been easily played by somebody with talent. To sum up, the film is more artistic than entertaining that left me unsatisfied. I give it a 2/5.