Bound for Glory (1976)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  5 December 1976 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 3,495 users  
Reviews: 47 user | 30 critic

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



(screenplay), (autobiography)
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Landlord (1970)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

At the age of twenty-nine, Elgar Enders "runs away" from home. This running away consists of buying a building in a black ghetto in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Initially his ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Ashby
Stars: Beau Bridges, Lee Grant, Diana Sands
Coming Home (1978)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A woman whose husband is fighting in Vietnam falls in love with another man who suffered a paralyzing combat injury there.

Director: Hal Ashby
Stars: Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern
Shampoo (1975)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Lovers undo a hairdresser from Beverly Hills around Election Eve in 1968.

Director: Hal Ashby
Stars: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Two gamblers must leave New York City after one loses a lot of money. Doing what all gamblers in trouble would do, they hurry to the gambling capital Las Vegas to turn their luck around.

Director: Hal Ashby
Stars: Jon Voight, Ann-Margret, Burt Young
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two Navy men are ordered to bring a young offender to prison but decide to show him one last good time along the way.

Director: Hal Ashby
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Otis Young
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A major league star who is on the verge of breaking a record, meets a singer and they get married, but they have different goals, so they separate, jeopardizing his opportunity in sports and the possibility of making up with his wife.

Director: Hal Ashby
Stars: Michael O'Keefe, Rebecca De Mornay, Martin Ritt
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The Rolling Stones' shows in Tempe, Arizona and East Rutherford, New Jersey during their 1981 US tour.

Director: Hal Ashby
Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Biographical story of Loretta Lynn, a legendary country singer that came from poverty to worldwide fame. She rose from humble beginnings in Kentucky to superstardom and changing the sound and style of country music forever.

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm
Being There (1979)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A simple, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics.

Director: Hal Ashby
Stars: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas
Lenny (1974)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establishment as too obscene for the public.

Director: Bob Fosse
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine, Jan Miner
The Emigrants (1971)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In the middle of the 19th century, Kristina and Karl-Oskar live in a small rural village in Smaaland (southern Sweden). They get married and try to make a living on a small spot of land. ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Troell
Stars: Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Eddie Axberg
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A high-spirited wife and her meekish husband hit the road to take back her kids from her previous marriage who live with her ex-inlaws.

Director: Hal Ashby
Stars: Robert Blake, Barbara Harris, Collin Boone


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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


Biography | Drama | Music


PG | See all certifications »




Release Date:

5 December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Esta tierra es mi tierra  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Woody Guthrie was an uncredited music consultant on The Grapes of Wrath (1940), 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 »


Better World
Written by Woody Guthrie
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

"Why Woody, soon you'll be singin' to the whole damn country!"
7 June 2007 | by ( – See all my reviews

Is there any other musical figure in history who can be called as heroic as Woody Guthrie? The man was a musical genius, a visionary songwriter, and a great man, a man who never gave up on his dream, a man who gave up a lot of money so he could take his songs to the people, the people the songs were written by, and for, in the first place. Woody Guthrie was integrity personified, a great American hero. "Bound for Glory" is quite appropriately one of the greatest American films of all time, as well as one of the most criminally overlooked, despite two Academy Awards for cinematography and score, and four more nominations including 'Best Picture' (losing in that category to "Rocky").

Astonishingly accomplished cinematography from legend Haskell Wexler as well as some great editing and a stunning score in addition to Hal Ashby's (Harold and Maude) excellent direction make this a beautiful, haunting, and brilliant film. The performances carry the film, with David Carradine turning in what is surely his greatest ever performance, a stunning, passionate, beautiful portrayal of Guthrie which fully captures the man's spirit. Ronny Cox and Melinda Dillon are also superb in their roles. Ashby gets a sort of realism from his actors that is sorely missed today, and any other method of portrayal would make this film far less captivating and beautiful than it is. Screenwriter Robert Getchell adapts his script very well from Guthrie's autobiography, choosing the correct parts to tell. In many senses this feels less like a biopic and more like a story about working class America. Maybe that's why this is probably the greatest biopic of all time.

In terms of technical accomplishment, this is easily among the top 100 films of all time. It's a great American film about a great American hero. It tells the story of not only Guthrie, but also those who surrounded him and the people he sung to. It's a beautiful, emotional, and arresting film that is surely essential viewing. One of the most criminally overlooked films of all time.

A resounding 10/10

17 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
flaws in an otherwise excellent film timboytx
Song The Two Girls Sang jacksonfelts
david carradine teejay6682
Melinda Dillon Hot Thom
recordings weirdsk8er
Read the book. entable
Discuss Bound for Glory (1976) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: