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Robert Getchell (screenplay)
Woody Guthrie (autobiography)
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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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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 .... re-recording mixer
Robert Knudson .... re-recording mixer
Richard Oswald .... sound effects editor (as Richard L. Oswald)
Don Parker .... production sound mixer (as Donald E. Parker)
Dan Wallin .... 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)
Don Whipple .... grip (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
Location Management
Spencer Quinn .... location manager
Bill Venegas .... location manager (uncredited)
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
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)
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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Did You Know?

Robert De Niro was offered the role of Woody Guthrie, but he was unavailable.See more »
Anachronisms: In the Movie Woody sings Deportee. It was 1939. He did not write this song until 1948 after the crash of a plane which killed 28 Mexicans being returned to Mexico from California.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 meSee more »
California Water Tastes Like Cherry WineSee more »


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49 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Passionate, poetic, exceptional filmmaking, 22 January 2002
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

At its base, Bound for Glory is just a simple biopic about Woody Guthrie. In execution, it turns out to be a lot more. We actually learn very little about Woody Guthrie's life. I don't know the exact statistic, but I would guess that it covers no more than a few years, with an end title that tells us briefly of his death. And basically all of the experiences shown onscreen can be seen in other films, most notably John Ford's brilliant American masterpiece The Grapes of Wrath. To be absolutely fair, the scenes of migrant workers' woes are at least equal to those in its predecessor. A good one-line summary of Bound for Glory might read "a modernist equivalent of The Grapes of Wrath told from the point of view of folk singer Woody Guthrie." But Bound for Glory has a few things that make it stand out from other films, that make it as memorable as The Grapes of Wrath.

First and maybe foremost, you have the brilliant and gorgeous cinematography of the great Haskell Wexler. I'm no expert on cinematographers, but Wexler is one of only three I can name offhand (the other two being, if you are interested, Vittorio de Sica and Sven Nykvist). I love Wexler's work in films like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Matewan (a thematically similar film directed by the great John Sayles). But what Bound for Glory most resembles is Wexler's very controversial cinematography on Days of Heaven. Not controversial because of anything specifically photographed, of course, but, if you know the story, a different cinematographer took credit as lead DP, leaving Wexler with a credit that was something along the lines of "with additional photography by". Wexler claims to have photographed more than 50% of the scenes in the finished film. He has sat through the film several times, I have heard, with a stopwatch. Bound for Glory, at any rate, is one of the most beautiful films you're ever likely to see. It's golden colors are beautiful, and the camera is moved gently, but with precision. This film actually has the first shot that used a steadicam, although I had forgotten to keep an eye out for it when the film was playing (I was far too engrossed). My favorite scene is one where Guthrie and a black hobo have left the boxcar of a train and move to the top of it. There they sit and converse as the most beautiful landscapes in our country pass by behind them. These are some of the best shots I've ever seen. And just because of those shots, even if the film didn't contain a plethora of other relevant materials, I would call this film one of the best ever made about the United States.

Secondly and thirdly, this film is about Woody Guthrie, one of the greatest American artists of the past century. David Carradine, who, in other performances, has never convinced me that he was as good as his father, John (who was in Grapes of Wrath, incidentally), or his brother, Keith, breaks apart my former opinion of him and delivers a masterful performance. I don't know whether I could identify why he is so good in this film. It's as if he has an aura about him. He really does, however, seem to enbody Guthrie's convictions. Throughout the film, Guthrie's music is played, whether sung or as an extra-diagetic score. This is great American music. So much of it has become part of the soundtrack to the American life. I mean, I remember learning songs like "This Land is Your Land" and "This Train" in elementary school music class. In his day, Guthrie had difficulty in getting those kind of songs out to the public. His bosses were constantly ordering him to tone down the political edge of his music. Luckily for America, he steadfastly refused to do so. Woody Guthrie was a true American hero. Bound for Glory depicts that as much as he could have hoped for.

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