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Bound for Glory (1976)

The early life of Woody Guthrie as a vagabond folk singer.



(screenplay), (autobiography)

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary - Woody's Wife / Memphis Sue
John Lehne ...
Locke - Radio Station Manager
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 <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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singer | guitar | song | california | texas | See All (33) »


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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1.37 : 1
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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 »


Woody is pictured on the top of a box car holding a Mossman guitar. The Mossman Guitar Company didn't come into existence until after Woody's death. See more »


Woody Guthrie: This land is your land/This land is my land/From California to the New York Island/From the Redwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters/This land was made for you and me
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Referenced in The Making of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' (2001) See more »


Tom Joad
Written by Woody Guthrie
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20 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

BOUND FOR GLORY compassionately portrays that Woody Guthrie's gift to mankind was about being at life's mercy, deliberately staying on a par with everyday people -- not just understanding and speaking for them, but being them and speaking for himself.

BOUND FOR GLORY had the courage to abstain from the bigger-than-life formula for Hollywood success, and never hurried its pace to placate a predictably impatient audience. The scenes, and David Carradine morphing into Woody Guthrie, took whatever time was needed to ripen into the enriching story of inherent human value, undeniable personal dignity, and the insidious soul-starving quality of greed that this masterpiece movie tells.

Ronny Cox, Melinda Dillon, Gail Strickland, Randy Quaid, and David Carradine all delivered academy award worthy performances. No saints, no heroes, no cavalry to the rescue; just actors tenderly disappearing into heart capturing characters who are disturbingly vulnerable, familiar, ordinary, and profound.

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