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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:
My experience of living the movie, its so true to life See more (280 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)

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:
One of two John Ford directed films to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1940. The other was The Long Voyage Home (1940). Both lost out to Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Casy and Tom are walking along the road towards the Joads' old farm, their shadows can be seen on the painted backdrop behind them. Also you can hear the reverberation caused by the film stage when they speak.See more »
Quotes:
Tom Joad:Sure don't look none too prosperous.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Psych: True Grits (#6.15)" (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
Red River ValleySee more »

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203 out of 221 people found the following review useful.
My experience of living the movie, its so true to life, 28 November 2005
Author: gene-mcdaniel from United States

This movie is so real..at least to this person, who lived these things that happened in the movie. I will tell a short version of my personal life to let you know how it affected me from my own experience of growing up in the Thirties

I think their must have been more then one car because ours was full of stuff in the back seat, clear up almost to the roof. Frankie, Bill and me (my brothers) all was on top of the stuff in the back seat, had to stay lying down was not enough room to set up. What I remember most about the trip was it was awful hot when we went through Arizona and we had not much water, the water we had was in a canvas bag, hooked to the front bumper to help keep it cool. We did not get much because dad was saving it for the car when the car got to hot. Mom told us to suck on pebbles, and we did. It was a bad time every where. No jobs or anyway to make any money.

We were going to California because their was suppose to be some picking work their, after we got to California we saw miles of potatoes all loose piled up high my guess would be about six feet high, they had put lime or something that looked like lime it was a white powder to keep people from taking them to eat.

We found a place to pick plums that they used to make prunes and we lived in a Quonset hut made of corrugated metal setting on a concrete slab. The public toilets were near were we stayed, Joe and his wife (Family friends)had their own Hut…this was the time that dad & Joe would sell tickets for people to watch them box each other in a ring at the recreation hall on the property. Also they joined a baseball team and played baseball, dad played left field. We got to watch them play for free.

Seems like Frankie and I played together a lot don't think Bill did because he was still a baby his self, Doris and Dorothy (my sisters) was still crawling so Bill could not have been very old at that time. Frank & I would go pick up plums off the ground and we would bring them home, Doris and Dorothy would set in the box and eat them. You can guess what they would look like when mom and dad got home, their was no air condition back then so they would take a hose and squirt water on the tin Quonset hut to try and cool it off some, I know when we went west we looked like those grapes of wrath folks in the movie.

That area was the first time I ever saw a frog walk, it was to hot for them to hop, when they tried to hop their bellies would touch the ground ( gravel) and would burn them, any way that's what we thought at that time. I saw the movie of Grapes of wrath a long time ago, and I remember it so well, I cried most of the time it was on because it reminded me of the hard time we all had back then, I was born in Oklahoma and it was just a terrible time in the late thirties I would love to see the movie again, its to me a history of my family, I am 71 1/2 years old now and still remember it very clearly.

Gene McDaniel

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