This film is an excellent biography of Woody Guthrie, one of America's greatest folk singers. He left his dust-devastated Texas home in the 1930s to find work, and discovered the suffering and strength of America's working class. Written by
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Did You Know?
The pivotal Steadicam sequence that first captivated industry insiders involved David Carradine
's amble through a migrant camp. The Steadicam operator, Garrett Brown
, descends into the scene on a Chapman crane and follows Woody Guthrie
(Carradine) as he gets off a pickup truck and walks past some 900 extras. The sequence, which looks quite simple on film, posed a challenge to operator and crew in that, just as Brown stepped off the crane platform laden with his weighty armature, grips had to simultaneously counterbalance the crane arm to prevent it from becoming a human catapult. See more
In the Movie Woody sings Deportee. It was 1939. He did not write this song until 1948 after the crash of a plane which killed 28 Mexicans being returned to Mexico from California. See more
Featured in Tell Them Who You Are
"Roll On, Columbia"
Words by Woody Guthrie
Music based on 'Goodnight Irene' by Leadbelly
(as Huddie Ledbetter) and John A. Lomax
(as John Lomax) See more