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The Grapes of Wrath -- A poor Midwest family is forced off of their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.

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Director:
Writers:
Nunnally Johnson (screen play)
John Steinbeck (based on the novel by)
Contact:
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Release Date:
15 March 1940 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The thousands who have read the book will know why WE WILL NOT SELL ANY CHILDREN TICKETS to see this picture! See more »
Plot:
A poor Midwest family is forced off of their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
John Ford's stark portrayal of a poor family in the depression remains one of the most moving films in history. See more (286 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Henry Fonda ... Tom Joad

Jane Darwell ... Ma Joad

John Carradine ... Jim Casy

Charley Grapewin ... Grandpa
Dorris Bowdon ... Rosasharn
Russell Simpson ... Pa Joad
O.Z. Whitehead ... Al

John Qualen ... Muley
Eddie Quillan ... Connie
Zeffie Tilbury ... Grandma
Frank Sully ... Noah
Frank Darien ... Uncle John

Darryl Hickman ... Winfield
Shirley Mills ... Ruth Joad
Roger Imhof ... Thomas

Grant Mitchell ... Caretaker
Charles D. Brown ... Wilkie

John Arledge ... Davis

Ward Bond ... Policeman
Harry Tyler ... Bert
William Pawley ... Bill
Charles Tannen ... Joe

Selmer Jackson ... Inspection Officer (as Selmar Jackson)

Charles Middleton ... Leader
Eddy Waller ... Proprietor (as Eddie Waller)
Paul Guilfoyle ... Floyd
David Hughes ... Frank
Cliff Clark ... City Man
Joe Sawyer ... Bookkeeper (as Joseph Sawyer)

Frank Faylen ... Tim
Adrian Morris ... Agent
Hollis Jewell ... Muley's Son
Robert Homans ... Spencer
Irving Bacon ... Driver
Kitty McHugh ... Mae
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wally Albright ... Boy Who Bragged of Eating Chicken (uncredited)
Erville Alderson ... Arkansas Storekeeper (uncredited)
Josephine Allen ... Migrant (uncredited)
Robert J. Anderson ... Hungry Boy (uncredited)
Frank Atkinson ... Migrant (uncredited)
Arthur Aylesworth ... Father (uncredited)
Trevor Bardette ... Jule - Bouncer at Dance (uncredited)
John Binns ... Migrant (uncredited)
Joe Bordeaux ... Migrant (uncredited)
Leon Brace ... Migrant (uncredited)
Henry Brahe ... Migrant (uncredited)
George P. Breakston ... Boy (uncredited)
Buster Brodie ... Migrant (uncredited)
Scotty Brown ... Migrant (uncredited)
Hal Budlong ... Migrant (uncredited)
Nora Bush ... Migrant (uncredited)
Russ Clark ... Guard (uncredited)
Shirley Coates ... Girl in Migrant Camp (uncredited)
Cal Cohen ... Migrant (uncredited)
Cecil Cook ... Migrant (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Deputy (uncredited)
Jim Corey ... Buck Jackson - Witness at Dance (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Chef (uncredited)
Delmar Costello ... Migrant (uncredited)
Jane Crowley ... Migrant (uncredited)
W.H. Davis ... Migrant (uncredited)
Helen Dean ... Migrant (uncredited)
John Dilson ... Bookseller (uncredited)
Lillian Drew ... Migrant (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Deputy (uncredited)
Thornton Edwards ... Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
Billy Elmer ... Migrant (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Deputy (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Guard (uncredited)
Francis Ford ... (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Emily Gerdes ... Migrant (uncredited)
Tyler Gibson ... Migrant (uncredited)
Barney Gilmore ... Migrant (uncredited)
William Haade ... Deputy with Shotgun (uncredited)
Ben Hall ... Gas Station Attendant in Bakersfield (uncredited)
Dean Hall ... Migrant (uncredited)
Edna Hall ... Migrant (uncredited)
Sidney Hayes ... Migrant (uncredited)
Cliff Herbert ... Migrant (uncredited)
Charles Herzinger ... Migrant (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Harry Holden ... Migrant (uncredited)
E.J. Kaspar ... Migrant (uncredited)
David Kirkland ... Migrant (uncredited)
Lillian Lawrence ... Migrant (uncredited)
Rex Lease ... Cop (uncredited)
Hazel Lollier ... Migrant (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Muley's Wife (uncredited)
Louis Mason ... Man in Camp (uncredited)
Harry Matthews ... Migrant (uncredited)
Scotty Mattraw ... Migrant (uncredited)

Walter McGrail ... Gang Leader (uncredited)
Jules Michelson ... Migrant (uncredited)
Walter Miller ... New Mexico Border Guard (uncredited)
Philip Morris ... Guard (uncredited)
Frank Newburg ... Migrant (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Deputy #1 (uncredited)
L.F. O'Connor ... Migrant (uncredited)

George O'Hara ... Clerk (uncredited)
Ted Oliver ... State Policeman (uncredited)
Inez Palange ... Woman in Camp (uncredited)
Steve Pendleton ... Gas Station Attendant #2 in Needles (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Camp Helper (uncredited)
Walter Perry ... Migrant (uncredited)
Walton Pindon ... Migrant (uncredited)
Rose Plumer ... Migrant (uncredited)
Chauncey Pyle ... Migrant (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Deputy (uncredited)
Gladys Rehfeld ... Migrant (uncredited)
Waclaw Rekwart ... Migrant (uncredited)
Dick Rich ... Keene Ranch Guard (uncredited)
Gloria Roy ... Waitress (uncredited)
Peggy Ryan ... Hungry Girl (uncredited)

Robert Shaw ... Gas Station Attendant #1 in Needles (uncredited)
Lee Shumway ... Deputy (uncredited)
Georgia Simmons ... Woman (uncredited)
C.B. Steele ... Migrant (uncredited)
Al Stewart ... Migrant (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Fred - Trucker #2 at Diner (uncredited)
Paul Sutton ... Deputy (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Deputy / Troublemaker (uncredited)
Charles Thurston ... Migrant (uncredited)
D.H. Turner ... Migrant (uncredited)
Tom Tyler ... Deputy Handcuffing Casy (uncredited)
Pearl Varvalle ... Migrant (uncredited)
Eleanore Vogel ... Migrant (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Guard (uncredited)
Harry Wallace ... Migrant (uncredited)
John Wallace ... Migrant (uncredited)
Glen Walters ... Woman Who Gets Shot (uncredited)
Jack Walters ... Migrant (uncredited)
Frank Watson ... Migrant (uncredited)
Jim Welch ... Migrant (uncredited)
Charles West ... Migrant (uncredited)

Dan White ... Poor Man Walking with Woman in Transient Camp (uncredited)
Norman Willis ... Joe - Shot at Floyd (uncredited)
Bill Wolfe ... Square-Dance Caller (uncredited)
Bill Worth ... Migrant (uncredited)

Directed by
John Ford 
 
Writing credits
Nunnally Johnson (screen play)

John Steinbeck (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Nunnally Johnson .... associate producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Gregg Toland (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert L. Simpson (film editor) (as Robert Simpson)
 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Mark-Lee Kirk 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Myrtle Ford .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Charles Gemora .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Gustaf Norin .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ralph Dietrich .... production manager (uncredited)
Bernard McEveety .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Otto Brower .... second unit director (uncredited)
Edward O'Fearna .... assistant director (uncredited)
Wingate Smith .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Eddie Jones .... props (uncredited)
Andy Kisch .... assistant property master (uncredited)
William Sittel .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
George Leverett .... sound
Edmund H. Hansen .... sound (uncredited)
Harry Kornfield .... assistant sound (uncredited)
W.P. Mathewson .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Jack Miller .... cableman (uncredited)
Robert Parrish .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles G. Clarke .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Arthur Dorien .... best boy (uncredited)
Paul Garnett .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Eddie Garvin .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ralph Hoge .... grip (uncredited)
Lou Kunkel .... camera operator (uncredited)
Bill McLellan .... gaffer (uncredited)
Emmett Schoenbaum .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bert Shipman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Harry Kernell .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Josephine Perrin .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Mary Crumley .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Robert Parrish .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Jack Wells .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Danny Borzage .... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... composer: cue "Leaving the Dustbowl" (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Tom Collins .... technical director
Meta Stern .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
129 min | West Germany:108 min (cut version)
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Australia:G (original rating) | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-12 (2014) (TV rating) | Finland:K-16 (1941) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Portugal:M/12 (re-release) | South Korea:12 | Soviet Union:(Banned) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (certificate #5789) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Louise Dresser was also considered for the part of Ma Joad.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The same shot, from slightly different angles, of the Joads' truck crossing the desert at night is used twice, showing a single large cactus in the foreground and three sets of lights in a row on a mountain in the distance.See more »
Quotes:
Tom Joad:Sure don't look none too prosperous.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
A Tisket, A TasketSee more »

FAQ

What happened to Noah?
How does the movie end?
What is an "Okie"?
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94 out of 109 people found the following review useful.
John Ford's stark portrayal of a poor family in the depression remains one of the most moving films in history., 13 February 2001
Author: Michael DeZubiria (wppispam2013@gmail.com) from Luoyang, China

The Grapes of Wrath is the story of the Joad family, who are run off of their land in Oklahoma because of drought and poverty. I think that one of the most striking elements of this movie is the black and white cinematography. Obviously, there wasn't a lot of variation on this particular subject in 1940, but especially today, the lack of color enhances the feelings of poverty and desperation and emptiness due to the family's loss of their home. In this way, because it would not be nearly as noticeable in 1940 as it is today, this time-enhanced effect of the black and white film stock has allowed for the film's impact to actually grow with time.

Henry Fonda plays the part of Tom Joad, a young member of the family who is released from prison at the beginning of the film, only to find that his family has been driven from their home and is staying at his uncle's house until they can figure out what to do about their sudden homelessness. It is by pure coincidence that Tom was released early on good behavior, otherwise he may very well never have seen his family again. He finds them in a state of near desperation, as they begin more and more to realize the predicament that they are in. Their trek across half of the country, on their way to California to assume jobs that they've heard about, provides for a substantial portion of the plot and is extremely well-structured.

The family encounters every hardship imaginable on this journey, from family members dying to their struggle to feed themselves to their rickety old truck constantly breaking down. They run into disillusioned people who claim that they've been to California and there are really no jobs there, at least not nearly as many as there are people going to look for them. They are periodically and derogatorily referred to as `Okies,' a term which places them in a broad category of poor folks driven from there homes in middle America who are traveling to the coast to get jobs that aren't there. There is so much doubt and hardship presented that it is never really certain whether they really will find jobs. The audience is never able to assume a happy ending, because there is so much contrary foreshadowing throughout the film.

The struggles do not abate once the family reaches California and takes up shaky residence in residential areas that would be more accurately referred to as shanty towns, and the rest of the film is dominated by the family's efforts to survive in a new and unfamiliar place, while working for wages that are barely sufficient to prevent starvation. Ma Joad spends the majority of the film stressing the importance of keeping the family together, seeing it as the only thing that they really had left, but this is eventually set aside in favor of each member of the family not only surviving but also flourishing, which provides for one of the many powerful messages that the film delivers.

The Grapes of Wrath is not exactly an edge of your seat film, but it is a shockingly realistic portrayal of the suffering that so many people and families experienced during the Great Depression. The performances are flawless, and the experience is not only powerful and moving but also educational. It's no secret that most people do not watch movies to learn, but there comes a point, at least once in a great while, when a person should watch a film that requires a little mental thought processing, and in such cases, The Grapes of Wrath is an excellent choice.

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