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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 6 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Triumph in Record Time See more (270 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Henry Fonda ... Tom Joad

Jane Darwell ... Ma Joad

John Carradine ... 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)
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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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Additional Details

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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-16 | 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:
Banks and the large farming corporations that controlled most California farms were not keen on the original novel (it was banned in some states and in several counties in California, and the book was not carried in the municipal library of author John Steinbeck's home town of Salinas, California, until the 1990s) and were even less thrilled that a film was being made of it. The Associated Farmers of California called for a boycott of all 20th Century-Fox films, and Steinbeck himself received death threats.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Pa Joad and Tom are talking about how they got some money to go on the trip, poor Uncle John carries the bed spring out the door three times.See more »
Quotes:
Tom Joad:Takes no nerve to do something, ain't nothin' else you can do.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
She'll Be Coming 'Round the MountainSee more »

FAQ

What is 'The Grapes of Wrath' about?
To what does the title "The Grapes of Wrath" refer?
Why was Tom in prison for four years?
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52 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
A Triumph in Record Time, 18 May 2002
Author: RHKLWK

They say that you should wait 20 or 30 years before attempting to capture an historical event on film. That is why it was remarkable that Oliver Stone was able to capture the "feel" of Viet Nam (in "Platoon") so soon (13 years) after America's withdrawal. Usually, an honest perspective takes more time to develop.

But, when you consider that John Steinbeck and John Ford needed less than ten years to bring the 1932 "dust bowl" to life, you really have to admire their magnificent achievement.

Of course, in 1940, Ford could not film much of the graphic squalor described in the novel. For example, the film cannot show a starving hobo suckling at the breast of a young Rose of Sharon, who has milk to spare following the death of her baby. But, far from degradation, Rose of Sharon's gesture is a reflection of the goodness that resides within her, and that quality is well illustrated in the character development seen on the screen. Tom Joad may be an ex-con, but he is a good man.

One of the commentaries (below) uses this film to rant about the exploitation in today's society. That completely misses the point. Ford, who was as conservative as anyone in Hollywood, even more conservative than John Wayne, used this movie to show that Man can triumph, despite the natural and human barriers that are put in his way.

This is ultimately a movie about hope and the human spirit.

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