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Bound for Glory (1976)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  5 December 1976 (USA)
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The early life of Woody Guthrie as a vagabond folk singer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary - Woody's Wife / Memphis Sue
John Lehne ...
Locke - Radio Station Manager
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ...
Slim Snedeger - Hobo on Train
Luther Johnson - Migrant Worker
Elizabeth Macey ...
Liz - Johnson's Wife
Gwen Guthrie
Sarah Vaill ...
Gwen Guthrie
Alexandra Mock ...
Sue Guthrie
Kimberly Mock ...
Sue Guthrie
Sick Woman - Water-Swallowing Scene (as Miriam Byrd Nethery)
Jane Lambert ...
Other Woman - Water-Swallowing Scene
Jan Burrell ...
Other Woman - Water-Swallowing Scene


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 L.H. Wong <>

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Biography | Drama | Music


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Release Date:

5 December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Esta tierra es mi tierra  »

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Woody Guthrie was an uncredited music consultant on 'The Grapes of Wrath,' which co-starred David Carradine's father, John Carradine, as Jim Casy. See more »


In one shot of a railroad yard, a 1960's-1970's era diesel locomotive can clearly be seen. See more »


Do Re Mi
Written by Woody Guthrie
Performed by David Carradine
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One can go into this film from several different angles, and be rewarded at every turn. You like history? Bound For Glory's depiction of Depression Era life is both accurate and eye-opening. You like music? The perspective gained on one of our nation's greatest songwriters is delightful in a way every man can appreciate. You like against-the-odds stories of rugged individualism? Hope you're hungry. The pace may be criticized as slow, but works in emphasizing the dreariness and despair needed to understand the motivations and emotions that lead to Woody Guthrie's greatness. The deliberate storytelling also reminds one of the manner in which Kurosawa might weave a fable. Which reminds me, David Carradine's performance is inspired. Great film any way you look at it.

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