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Robert Getchell (screenplay)
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5 December 1976 (USA) See more »
The early life of Woody Guthrie as a vagabond folk singer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

David Carradine ... Woody Guthrie

Ronny Cox ... Ozark Bule

Melinda Dillon ... Mary - Woody's Wife / Memphis Sue

Gail Strickland ... Pauline
John Lehne ... Locke - Radio Station Manager
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Slim Snedeger - Hobo on Train

Randy Quaid ... Luther Johnson - Migrant Worker
Elizabeth Macey ... Liz - Johnson's Wife

Susan Vaill ... Gwen Guthrie
Sarah Vaill ... Gwen Guthrie
Alexandra Mock ... Sue Guthrie
Kimberly Mock ... Sue Guthrie

Miriam Byrd-Nethery ... Sick Woman - Water-Swallowing Scene (as Miriam Byrd Nethery)
Jane Lambert ... Other Woman - Water-Swallowing Scene
Jan Burrell ... Other Woman - Water-Swallowing Scene
Lee McLaughlin ... Heavy Chandler - 'Insane' Man
Ted Gehring ... Conners - Pampa Store Owner
Robert Sorrells ... Charlie Guthrie - Woody's Father
Guthrie Thomas ... George Guthrie - Woody's Brother

Wendy Schaal ... Mary Jo Guthrie - Woody's Sister
Delos V. Smith Jr. ... Old Man Jenkins - Gas Station Owner

David Clennon ... Carl - Man in Gas Station
Larry Luttrell ... Hank - Man in Gas Station
Beeson Carroll ... Collister - Gas Station Customer

Mary Kay Place ... Sue Ann - Girl in Bar
Tani Guthrie ... Donna Jo - Woody's California-Bound Neighbor (as Tani Phelps Guthrie)
James O'Connell ... Jesse - Woody's California-Bound Neighbor
Bruce Johnson ... Jimmy - Square Dance Caller and Barber
R.A. Rondell ... Steve - Hobo on Train
James Jeter ... Crippled Whitey - Hobo on Train
Clifford A. Pellow ... Bill - Chief Railroad Harness Guard (as Cliff Pellow)
Tom Howard ... Railroad Harness Guard
Chuck Katzakian ... Railroad Harness Guard
Harry Holcombe ... Minister
Evelyn Russell ... Wife - Couple in Trailer Automobile

M. Emmet Walsh ... Husband - Couple in Trailer Automobile
Sondra Blake ... Judy - Waitress

Brion James ... Pick-Up Truck Driver at Border
James Carroll ... Man at Border (as James Lough)
Tom Peters ... Man at Border
Raymond Guth ... Hobo in Hobo Camp

Buddy Joe Hooker ... Man - Shot Off Train

James Hong ... Chili Joint Owner
Cara Corren ... Girl Singer at Migrant Camp
Susan Barnes ... Girl Singer at Migrant Camp
Bobby Bass ... Head Goon at Migrant Camp
Harvey J. Newmark ... Musician
Thomas J. Sauber ... Musician
Lyle Ritz ... Musician
Johana De Winter ... Union Organizer (as Johana deWinter)
Gary Downey ... Union Organizer
Jama Tegeler ... Girl at Union Meeting
G. Marie Haller ... Field School Teacher
Leanna Johnson Heath ... Girl at Stream

Robert Ginty ... Artichoke Picker

Tony Becker ... Tough Boy on Train
Kip Addota ... Cocoanut Grove Audition Singer (as Kip Addotta)

Burke Byrnes ... Mr. Graham - Conducting Cocoanut Grove Auditions

Samantha Harper ... Amy Martin - Conducting Cocoanut Grove Auditions
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Read Morgan ... (scenes deleted)
Carey Exton ... Migrant Camp Singer (uncredited)

E.M. Fredric ... Migrant Camp Kid (uncredited)

Bernie Kopell ... Baker - Woody's Agent (uncredited)
Carl D. Parker ... Blindman (uncredited)

Directed by
Hal Ashby 
Writing credits
Robert Getchell (screenplay)

Woody Guthrie (autobiography)

Produced by
Robert F. Blumofe .... producer
Harold Leventhal .... producer
Charles Mulvehill .... associate producer
Jeffrey M. Sneller .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Haskell Wexler (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Pembroke J. Herring 
Robert C. Jones 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Production Design by
Michael D. Haller  (as Michael Haller)
Art Direction by
James H. Spencer 
Bill Sully  (as William Sully)
Set Decoration by
James L. Berkey  (as James Berkey)
Costume Design by
William Ware Theiss  (as William Theiss)
Makeup Department
Virginia Jones .... hair stylist
Bob Westmoreland .... makeup artist (as Robert A. Westmoreland)
Bob Stein .... makeup artist (uncredited)
William Turner .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Charles Mulvehill .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Bloom .... second assistant director (as James Bloom)
Catherine McCabe .... second assistant director (as Catherine C. McCabe)
Charles Myers .... first assistant director (as Charles A. Myers)
Bill Venegas .... second assistant director (as William B. Venegas)
Stanley E. Foster .... assistant director (uncredited)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
William Maldonado .... construction coordinator
James L. Schoppe .... assistant art director
Sal Sommatino .... property master
Rick Carter .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Clay Johnston .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Knudson .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Oswald .... sound effects editor (as Richard L. Oswald)
Don Parker .... production sound mixer (as Donald E. Parker)
Dan Wallin .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank E. Warner .... sound effects editor (as Frank Warner)
Jeff Wexler .... sound consultant
Lee Alexander .... sound mixer: documentary (uncredited)
Stan Gordon .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Sass Bedig .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... special visual effects
Denny Arnold .... stunts
Bobby Bass .... stunts
Steve Boyum .... stunts
Fred Brookfield .... stunts
Jophery C. Brown .... stunts (as Jophery Brown)
Cheré Bryson .... stunts (as Chere Bryson)
Dottie Catching .... stunts
Steven Chambers .... stunts (as Steve Chambers)
Gary Combs .... stunts
Kerrie Cullen .... stunts
Barry Davis .... stunts
Gary Downey .... stunts
Pete Dunn .... stunts
David R. Ellis .... stunts (as David Ellis)
Andy Epper .... stunts
Gary Epper .... stunts
Jeannie Epper .... stunts
Stephanie Epper .... stunts
Tony Epper .... stunts
Al Geatano .... stunts
Leonard P. Geer .... stunts (as Lenny Geer)
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts
Duffy Hambleton .... stunts
Bill Hart .... stunts
Lorie Hice .... stunts
Marcia Holley .... stunts
Billy Hank Hooker .... stunts (as William Harrison Hooker)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt coordinator
Hugh Hooker .... stunts (as Hugh M. Hooker)
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (as Thomas J. Huff)
Richard James .... stunts
Taylor Lacher .... stunts
Fred Lerner .... stunts
Tom Lupo .... stunts
Bob Orrison .... stunts (as Robert Orrison)
Chuck Parkison Jr. .... stunts
J.N. Roberts .... stunts
Danny Rogers .... stunts
R.A. Rondell .... stunts
Alex Sharp .... stunts
Tom Steele .... stunts
Ron Stein .... stunts
Steve Vandeman .... stunts
Al Wyatt Jr. .... stunts
Al Wyatt Sr. .... stunts
Dick Ziker .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Héctor R. Figueroa .... camera operator (as Hector R. Figueroa)
Wynn Hammer .... unit still photographer
Gary Holt .... gaffer (as Gary H. Holt)
Leonard Lookabaugh .... key grip (as Leonard L. Lookabaugh)
Paul M. Pollard .... camera technician
Donald E. Thorin .... camera operator
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Bill Loranger .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
David Myers .... cinematographer: documentary (uncredited)
Walter Nichols .... best boy (uncredited)
Randall Robinson .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sally Dennison .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James Linn .... wardrobe department head (as James I. Linn)
Madeline Sylos .... wardrobe: women (as Madeline J. Sylos)
Bill Blackburn .... set costumer (uncredited)
Silvio Scarano .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Elyane Bretherton .... assistant editor
Scott Burrow .... apprentice editor
Mike Hill .... apprentice editor
Don Zimmerman .... assistant editor
Music Department
Joan Biel .... music editor
George Brand .... music editor
Ralph Ferraro .... orchestrator
Leonard Rosenman .... conductor
Leonard Rosenman .... music adaptor
Guthrie Thomas .... music coordinator
Daniel J. Johnson .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Tom Marshall .... transportation captain (as Thomas F. Marshall)
Gerald R. Molen .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Ted Ashton .... unit publicist
Wendell Baggett .... assistant auditor (as Wendell D. Baggett)
Sudy Dostal .... researcher: de Forest Research Inc.
Ronald Y. Ortega .... location caterer
Spencer Quinn .... location manager
Elise Rohden .... production secretary
June Samson .... script supervisor
William Smith .... production auditor (as William P. Smith)
Joe Anderer .... production assistant (uncredited)
Edward Arnold .... representative: UA (uncredited)
John Blowitz .... project publicity officer (uncredited)
Billy Brashier .... projectionist (uncredited)
Fred Brookfield .... wrangler (uncredited)
Patrick Burns .... production assistant (uncredited)
Pablo Ferro .... title designer (uncredited)
James W. Gavin .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Janet Healy .... production assistant (uncredited)
Debbie Leventhal .... production assistant (uncredited)
Eva Meiers .... secretary to producer (uncredited)
Dori Mires .... assistant auditor (uncredited)
Jim Porter .... first aid (uncredited)
Bill Venegas .... location manager (uncredited)
Judy Collins .... thanks
Will Geer .... thanks
Arlo Guthrie .... thanks
Country Joe McDonald .... thanks
Odetta .... thanks
The Weavers .... thanks
Crew verified as complete

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147 min | Sweden:120 min
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The first film to use a long Steadicam tracking shot as operated by its inventor Garrett Brown under DP Haskell Wexler's supervision.See more »
Anachronisms: In one shot of a railroad yard, a 1960's-1970's era diesel locomotive can clearly be seen.See more »
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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
"Why Woody, soon you'll be singin' to the whole damn country!", 7 June 2007
Author: ametaphysicalshark from

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

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