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Time Out says

Shot by Haskell Wexler in a stark black-and-white deliberately designed to lend the film the feel of documentary, Kazan's epic was based on his own novel, and inspired by the journey his uncle made from a Turkish peasant village, via Istanbul, to New York. For once in his career, the director employed little-known actors, with a welcome loss of theatricality; indeed, the entire movie benefits from its authenticity, geographical, historical and emotional, and may be seen as one of the peaks of Kazan's career. Certainly, it is one of the finest movies to deal with the plight of those thousands of immigrants who travelled in steerage to Ellis Island at the turn of the century.
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Release details

UK release:

1963

Duration:

177 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Elia Kazan

Cast:

Lou Antonio, Estelle Hemsley, Elena Karam, Harry Davis, Frank Wolff, Stathis Giallelis, Gregory Rozakis

Music:

Manos Hadjidakis

Art Director:

Gene Callahan

Editor:

Dede Allen

Cinematography:

Haskell Wexler

Screenwriter:

Elia Kazan

Producer:

Elia Kazan

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