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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:
John Lehne ...
Locke - Radio Station Manager
Elizabeth Macey ...
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 ...
Jan Burrell ...


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 (34) »


Woody Guthrie. his music has become as much a part of America as its mountains, its rivers, its forests and its people. His life has touched all our lives. This is his story.


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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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The only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to be also nominated for Best Original Song Score or Adaptation Score, and Best Costume Design. See more »


About 90 minutes in, there's a scene where Woody and Ozark are playing outdoors to an audience of prison inmates. As the camera zooms out, we see the edge of what appears to be a sky-blue painted backdrop, then we see movie reflector boards, then we notice a man walking through -- not dressed in 30's clothes, seems like a crew member, perhaps an Assistant Director. In the foreground, also not in period dress, a man, perhaps a props person removes some leg irons from the back of a prisoner's seat. Then the picture cuts to close up of Woody and Ozark, then back to a wide shot where we see reflector boards, crew standing around and in the background. Smack dab in the middle of the shot, there's a movie camera with full magazine. See more »


[first lines]
Hank - Man in Gas Station: ['California Water Tastes Like Cherry Wine' plays in the background'] What's the matter?
Carl - Man in Gas Station: Hey, Wood.
Woody Guthrie: Yeah.
Old Man Jenkins - Gas Station Owner: Cherry wine.
Old Man Jenkins - Gas Station Owner: [Jenkins turns off the record player] Goddamit, Woody. I got half a notion to pull up stakes and hit the road for California.
Carl - Man in Gas Station: I been thinking about down the Gulf of Mexico... or the Rio Grande valley. Just somewheres I can grow some fruit, peaches. Them Indian blood peaches with that red meat.
Old Man Jenkins - Gas Station Owner: Shit fire, Carl! Why down there? In California you just plop a seed into ...
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This Train Is Bound for Glory
Written by Woody Guthrie
Performed by David Carradine
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It Is Glorious. It Made It.
5 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

Of all the five best picture nominees of 1976, "Bound for Glory" is the most difficult for most to remember. I mean it was the quiet film in a year which consisted of "Rocky", "Network", "All the President's Men" and "Taxi Driver". Woody Guthrie (David Carradine of "Kung Fu" fame) is suffering through the Dust Bowl of Pampa, Texas in 1936. There are no jobs, no crops and really no hope. Guthrie decides that the best way for him to do his part is to become a folk singer for the poorest peoples of Northern Texas and depression-era Oklahoma. What follows is a genuinely wonderful story which is all based upon the life of America's greatest folk singer. "Bound for Glory" is well-written, well-directed by the wonderful Hal Ashby and well-acted by David Carradine in the role of a lifetime. Melinda Dillon, Randy Quaid and Ronny Cox are among the other players, but this is Carradine's show from the word go. A wonderful, but truthfully somewhat forgotten masterpiece from the 1970s. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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