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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)

Eva-Marie 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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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Integrity personified...., 21 April 2006
Author: ( from Perth, Australia

This film is about a guy who had integrity. He couldn't be bought off. He didn't sell out. Woody Guthrie felt his music. It came from a sense of caring about people. As a film, "Bound for Glory" does a ten-star job of conveying the spirit of a man who could joke when the chips were down and who could sing out with an affection his listeners could believe. Guthrie made music move people to see themselves as worthwhile, as creators of vitality, gusto and dignity. And he did this during the Great Depression.

People, especially people in the industrial world, feel less and less a sense of connectedness to each other. Community tends to lose quality as the rule of quantitative cheapness triumphs. The more the narrow, modern sort of individualism envelops them, the more humans slip into an alienation reinforced by commodified cocoons.

Wage-slaves we are and wage-slaves we were in the 1930s. Only back then, we still had some remnant of solidarity, some spark of humanity to touch each other with. We still do, but it's fading fast. Woody's life was about fanning those embers into flames as people worked for wages, while others, the unemployed and under paid caught up in the depression of the Great Depression, wondered whether their families and other families like them would ever make it. Woody came from them and he sang for them. Woody was a working class hero, a modern day troubadour. He infused his listeners with his humorous, never give-up gumption, which, if you weren't lucky enough to know him personally, came out in waves as you drank in his warm words and tunes. Woody made them feel that maybe they could be bound for glory!

If you find this movie on the rental shelf, pick it up and see it. It's great. I especially loved the scenes with Ozark Bule (played by Ronnie Cox). He must have been something. The first time you see him, he stands up on his vehicle near some unemployed field workers and sings the old IWW song composed by Joe Hill: ************************************************** Long-haired preachers come out every night Try to tell you what's wrong and what's right But when asked about something to eat They will answer in voices so sweet

'You will eat, by and by, In that glorious land above the sky Work and pray, live on hay - You'll get pie in the sky when you die' - that's a lie!

And the Starvation Army they play And they sing and the clap and they pray Till they get all your coin on the drum Then they'll tell you when you're on the bum . . .

Holy Rollers and Jumpers come out And they sing and they clap and they shout 'Give your money to Jesus,' they say, 'He will cure all diseases today . . .

Working folks of all countries, unite Side by side we for freedom will fight When the world and it's wealth we have gained To the grafters we'll sing this refrain:

You will eat, by and by, When you've learned how to cook and how to fry Chop some wood, it'll do you good Then you'll eat in the sweet by and by - that's no lie! ************************************************************

And David Carradine (Bill of "Kill Bill" fame) would never do acting as fine as this again. His Guthrie is near perfect, one level above Gary Cooper's portrayal of Sergeant York. Hal Ashby got the most from his acting company. They all look and act like real people with real lives, not stars. And Haskell Wexler's camera work is as artistically brushed as Woody's best known song:


THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND words and music by Woody Guthrie

Chorus: This land is your land, this land is my land From California, to the New York Island From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters This land was made for you and me

As I was walking a ribbon of highway I saw above me an endless skyway I saw below me a golden valley This land was made for you and me


I've roamed and rambled and I've followed my footsteps To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts And all around me a voice was sounding This land was made for you and me


The sun comes shining as I was strolling The wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling The fog was lifting a voice come chanting This land was made for you and me


As I was walkin' - I saw a sign there And that sign said - no tress passin' But on the other side .... it didn't say nothing! Now that side was made for you and me!


In the squares of the city - In the shadow of the steeple Near the relief office - I see my people And some are grumblin' and some are wonderin' If this land's still made for you and me

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