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The Birth of a Nation

  • Drama
  • History
  • 2016
  • Nate Parker
  • 119 mins
  • 15

Summary

Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

A harrowing portrayal of a real-life slave rebellion in 19th-century Virginia from writer/director and star Nate Parker. The revolt is led by Nat Turner (Parker), a preacher living in slavery, motivated by the horrors he sees to rise up against his white oppressors. Directed confidently by the first-time film-maker, it brings the grim reality of plantation life to the screen. While the plot lacks delicacy at times - preferring to hammer home points rather than exercise subtlety - the inherent power of the story overcomes these flaws, making Turner's journey feel vital and captivating, particularly in the first hour. Parker is the film's engrossing emotional centre, supported by a conflicted performance from Armie Hammer (as Turner's owner), and the horrifying presence of Jackie Earle Haley who is a monster, even by the film's own, unflinching standards. While Parker does rely on the occasional cliché, The Birth of a Nation brings a hereto untold chapter of American history to vivid life.

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Credits

Cast

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Nat TurnerNate Parker
Samuel TurnerArmie Hammer
Raymond CobbJackie Earle Haley
NancyAunjanue Ellis
CherryAja Naomi King
EstherGabrielle Union
Elizabeth TurnerPenelope Ann Miller
Reverend ZalthallMark Boone Junior
HarkColman Domingo
Issac TurnerDwight Henry

Crew

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DirectorNate Parker

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2016-12-09
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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