The Birth of a Nation

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  120 min.
Release Date: October 7, 2016
DVD: January 10, 2017
Blu-ray: January 10, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 3.25
based on 60 votes and 18 reviews
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Cast: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Jackie Earle Haley, Gabrielle Union, Penelope Ann Miller, Mark Boone Jr., Aunjanue Ellis

Inspiration: D.W. Griffith


During the antebellum South, Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave, experiences discrimination from the time he's a small child. Still a slave, he grows up to be a preacher, but is coerced by his owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), to use his preaching to subdue unruly slaves. At first Nat complies and preaches to the slaves to submit themselves to their masters, whether or not their masters are kind or harsh towards them.

But as he witnesses more and more senseless acts of physical abuse against his fellow slaves, and is whipped almost to death for showing kindness to a small white child, Nat realizes something has to change. He orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom, and for good to rise against evil.

Director: Nate Parker
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Producer(s): Jason Michael Berman, Aaron L. Gilbert, Kevin Turen, Preston L. Holmes, Nate Parker
Screenplay: Nate Parker
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  • 1 star "One of the most depressing movies I've ever seen"
  • 1 star "I can't believe they put this back in theaters, particularly now."
  • 1 star "Probably not the best time to do a remake of this controversial classic..."