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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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Mary - Woody's Wife / Memphis Sue
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John Lehne ...
Locke - Radio Station Manager
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ...
Slim Snedeger - Hobo on Train
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Luther Johnson - Migrant Worker
Elizabeth Macey ...
Liz - Johnson's Wife
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Gwen Guthrie
Sarah Vaill ...
Gwen Guthrie
Alexandra Mock ...
Sue Guthrie
Kimberly Mock ...
Sue Guthrie
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Sick Woman - Water-Swallowing Scene (as Miriam Byrd Nethery)
Jane Lambert ...
Other Woman - Water-Swallowing Scene
Jan Burrell ...
Other Woman - Water-Swallowing Scene
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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 <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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singer | guitar | song | california | texas | See All (36) »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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5 December 1976 (USA)  »

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Esta tierra es mi tierra  »

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Singer Tim Buckley was cast as Woody Guthrie, but died before shooting took place. See more »

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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 »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera (1991) See more »

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Pastures of Plenty
Written by Woody Guthrie
Performed by David Carradine
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My brief review of the film
11 November 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

An unusual film, it starts by depicting the harsh life that many had to live during the Depression era, but then about halfway through it takes a sharp turn to become a biography of a musician. This change is rather jarring, as it comes unexpected. It manages to paint the glumness and the poverty of the Depression era so well that the sudden change in story direction just about violates what has gone before. In fairness, it does give us an idea of what the protagonist went through and what motivated his career, but is there not too much time spent on it? There is relatively little in the way of story until the music side enters in. It is quite meandering, and full of characters that have no importance later on, there is cause to wonder whether it could have been compressed down. For the adventure genre that the film best fits into, it is also relatively unexciting. The film is rather awkwardly put together, and it could do with a few events removed, but there are still a lot of good points to it. The cinematography won the film an Academy Award, as did the adapted music soundtrack, and both these elements are good. Haskell Wexler has chosen some interesting angles to shoot the film from, and the songs are fitted into the material quite well. Overall it is a good film, but a difficult one too. It takes patience to get through, but there are some good things in the end.


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