The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation (1915)

The Fiery Cross of the Ku Klux Klan!

  • Genre: Drama, History, War
  • Release Date: 1915-02-08
  • User Rating: 6/10 from 506 ratings
  • Runtime: 3h 13min
  • Language: No Language
  • Production Company: Epoch Film Co.
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: D.W. Griffith
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Two families, abolitionist Northerners the Stonemans and Southern landowners the Camerons, intertwine. 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.

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  • Henry B. Walthall

    as Col. Ben Cameron
  • Lillian Gish

    as Stoneman's Daughter Elsie
  • Miriam Cooper

    as Margaret Cameron
  • Mae Marsh

    as Flora Cameron
  • Mary Alden

    as Stoneman's Housekeeper Lydia
  • Ralph Lewis

    as Leader of the House Hon. Austin Stoneman
  • George Siegmann

    as Lieut. Governor Silas Lynch
  • Walter Long

    as Gus
  • Joseph Henabery

    as Abraham Lincoln
  • Wallace Reid

    as Jeff, the Blacksmith
  • Elmer Clifton

    as Stoneman's Elder Son Phil
  • Josephine Crowell

    as Mrs. Cameron
  • Spottiswoode Aitken

    as Dr. Cameron
  • George Beranger

    as Wade Cameron
  • Maxfield Stanley

    as Duke Cameron
  • Jennie Lee

    as Mammy
  • Donald Crisp

    as Gen. U.S. Grant
  • Howard Gaye

    as Gen. Robert E. Lee
  • Sam De Grasse

    as Charles Sumner
  • William De Vaull

    as Nelse
  • Willam Freeman

    as Jake / Sentry at Hospital
  • Tom Wilson

    as Stoneman's Servant
  • Fred Burns

    as Klansman
  • Allan Sears

    as Klansman
  • Elmo Lincoln

    as Blacksmith
  • Madame Sul-Te-Wan

    as Black Woman
  • Raoul Walsh

    as John Wilkes Booth
  • Robert Harron

    as Tod
  • Monte Blue

  • Harry Braham

    as Cameron's Male Servant
  • Bob Burns

    as Klan Leader
  • Edmund Burns

    as Klansman
  • Edward Burns

    as Klansman
  • Peggy Cartwright

    as Young Girl in Cabin
  • Dark Cloud

    as General
  • Leonore Cooper

    as Elsie's Maid
  • Charles Eagle Eye

    as Man Who Falls from Roof
  • John Ford

    as Klansman
  • Olga Grey

    as Laura Keene
  • Alberta Lee

    as Mrs. Lincoln
  • Betty Marsh

    as Child with Dr. Cameron
  • Donna Montran

    as Belle of 1861
  • Eugene Pallette

    as Union Soldier
  • Alma Rubens

    as Belle of 1861
  • Charles Stevens

    as Volunteer
  • Jules White

    as Confederate Soldier
  • Violet Wilkey

    as Young Flora Cameron
  • David Butler

    as Northern Soldier / Confederate Soldier
Writing Frank E. Woods Screenplay
Production H.E. Aitken Executive Producer
Camera Joseph Carl Breil Director of Photography
Sound Jon Mirsalis Original Music Composer
Camera Billy Bitzer Director of Photography
Editing Joseph Henabery Editor
Editing James Smith Editor
Editing Rose Smith Editor
Editing Raoul Walsh Editor
Costume & Make-Up Robert Goldstein Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Clare West Costume Design
Crew Walter Hoffman Special Effects
Writing D.W. Griffith Writer
Production D.W. Griffith Producer
Sound D.W. Griffith Original Music Composer
Editing D.W. Griffith Editor
Writing Thomas F. Dixon Jr. Novel
Writing Thomas F. Dixon Jr. Adaptation
Sound Joseph Carl Breil Music
Directing Monte Blue Assistant Director
Directing Christy Cabanne Assistant Director
Directing Elmer Clifton Assistant Director
Directing Jack Conway Assistant Director
Directing Donald Crisp Assistant Director
Directing Allan Dwan Assistant Director
Directing Howard Gaye Assistant Director
Directing Fred Hamer Assistant Director
Directing Robert Harron Assistant Director
Directing Joseph Henabery Assistant Director
Directing Thomas E. O'Brien Assistant Director
Directing Herbert Sutch Assistant Director
Directing W.S. Van Dyke Assistant Director
Directing Erich von Stroheim Assistant Director
Directing Baron von Winther Assistant Director
Directing Raoul Walsh Assistant Director
Directing Henry B. Walthall Assistant Director
Directing Tom Wilson Assistant Director
Art Ralph M. DeLacy Property Master
Crew Shorty English Carpenter
Art Cash Shockey Painter
Art Frank Wortman Set Designer
Art Hal Sullivan Assistant Property Master
Visual Effects Walter Hoffman Special Effects Supervisor
Crew Fireworks Wilson Special Effects
Crew Monte Blue Stunts
Crew Charles Eagle Eye Stunts
Crew Leo Nomis Stunts
Camera Karl Brown Camera Operator
Editing Karl Malkames Negative Cutter
Sound Carli Elinor Conductor
Sound Joseph Nurnberger Music
Crew D.W. Griffith Presenter
Crew Jim Kidd Security
Directing D.W. Griffith Director