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The Birth of a Nation (2016)

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



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Reverend Walthall (as Mark Boone Jr.)
Isaac Turner


Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat's preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities - against himself and his fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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A Battle Against Slavery. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content, and some brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 October 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El nacimiento de una nación  »

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Box Office


$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,625,000, 7 October 2016

Gross USA:

$15,858,754, 2 December 2016
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2.39 : 1
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Nate Parker invested $100,000 of his own money into the film. See more »


At about 25 minutes in you can see Nat Turner patching a hole in the corner of the house. He gets distracted without finishing by the new slave being introduced to the masters wife as a gift and the camera is panned towards the front door. When it goes back to showing him you can see the hole still isn't filled but is nearly compared to how he left it. Then the camera cuts in on a closer shot and the hole is completely filled/covered before we see Nat do a swipe down with his scraper. See more »


Nat Turner: Rebel!
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Featured in Film '72: Episode #45.8 (2016) See more »


Performed by the Wiley College Choir
SATB Arranger: Stephen Hayes (as Stephen L. Hayes)
Melody researched by Frederick D. Hall, Sr.
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Easier to watch than 12 Years A Slave and one that is very much worth seeing, but nothing earth shattering either.
10 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

"You got purpose, its in you." Nat Turner (Parker) is a different type of slave. He is literate and a preacher. He is treated better than most slaves and remains calm and obedient. When he begins to speak to other slaves around the south he notices mistreatment and worse. No longer able to stand by and do nothing he leads a slave revolt that ends up changing the country. Going in I was expecting "another brutal slave movie" along the lines of 12 Years A Slave. While it did not shy away from the horror of slavery it was more about the reasons that led up to the uprising and had more of a Free State Of Jones feel than 12 Years A Slave. That fact alone made this easier to watch. I'm not 100% sure how historically accurate the movie is but it is a movie that should be seen and understood. Things like this can happen and people can take a stand not based on how they are treated, but how they see others treated. That is an important lesson. Overall, easier to watch than 12 Years A Slave and one that is very much worth seeing, but nothing earth shattering either. I give this a B.

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