It was directed and written by Kazan, from his own book about his uncle and stars Stathis Giallelis, Frank Wolff, Elena Karam and Lou Antonio.
The film was nominated for Oscars for:
- Best Director - Elia Kazan
- Best Picture - Elia Kazan
- Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen - Elia Kazan
and won the Academy Award for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White.
In 2001 the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.