Directed by Elia Kazan • 1963 • United States
Starring Stathis Giallelis, Frank Wolff, Elena Karam
Stavros Topouzoglou, a young Greek living under the oppression of the Turks in the 1890s, dreams of emigrating to America as he faces the harsh reality that life has dealt him. Entrusted with his family’s savings, he travels to the Turkish capital of Constantinople to rescue his cousin’s failing business. Despite the cruelties, betrayals, and career setbacks Stavros faces along the way, he forms lasting friendships that help him through difficult times to reach his goal of making a life in the United States, the land of opportunity. Director Elia Kazan based AMERICA AMERICA on the early life of his Greek-immigrant uncle.