Overview

Two families, abolitionist Northerners the Stonemans and Southern landowners the Camerons, intertwine in director D.W. Griffith's controversial Civil War epic. When Confederate colonel Ben Cameron is captured in battle, nurse Elsie Stoneman petitions for his pardon. In Reconstruction-era South Carolina, Cameron founds the Ku Klux Klan, battling Elsie's congressman father and his African-American protégé, Silas Lynch.

  1. D.W. Griffith

    Director, Writer

  2. Frank E. Woods

    Screenplay

  3. Thomas F. Dixon Jr.

    Novel

Top Billed Cast

  1. Lillian Gish

    Lillian Gish

    Elsie Stoneman

  2. Mae Marsh

    Mae Marsh

    Flora Cameron

  3. Henry B. Walthall

    Henry B. Walthall

    Col. Ben Cameron

  4. Miriam Cooper

    Miriam Cooper

    Margaret Cameron

  5. Mary Alden

    Mary Alden

    Lydia Brown

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Status Released

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  • February 8, 1915
    Premiere

    Meaning

  • February 8, 1915
    PG
    Theatrical

    Meaning

    Some material may not be suitable for children under 10. These films may contain some mild language, crude/suggestive humor, scary moments and/or violence. No drug content is present. There are a few exceptions to this rule. A few racial insults may also be heard.

Original Language English

Runtime 3h 13m

Budget $100,000.00

Revenue $11,000,000.00

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