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Bound for Glory (1976) Poster

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The pivotal Steadicam sequence that first captivated industry insiders involved David Carradine's amble through a migrant camp. The Steadicam operator, Garrett Brown, descends into the scene on a Chapman crane and follows Woody Guthrie (Carradine) as he gets off a pickup truck and walks past some 900 extras. The sequence, which looks quite simple on film, posed a challenge to operator and crew in that, just as Brown stepped off the crane platform laden with his weighty armature, grips had to simultaneously counterbalance the crane arm to prevent it from becoming a human catapult.
Singer Tim Buckley was cast as Woody Guthrie, but died before shooting took place.
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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.
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Kris Kristofferson turned down the lead role, as he did not feel he was right physically to play Woody Guthrie.
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Mary Kay Place's first movie.
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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.
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At various times in the film three actors make an appearance. They are M. Emmet Walsh, Brion James and James Hong. They all appeared in Blade Runner (1982).
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Hal Ashby offered Jack Nicholson the lead role, but he turned it down, saying that he didn't see himself as Woody Guthrie. He suggested Bob Dylan for the part.
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Richard Dreyfuss was offered the role of Woody Guthrie, but he wanted too much money.
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Dustin Hoffman was offered the role of Woody Guthrie. He was interested, but he three months to rest and three months to learn to play the guitar. The producers were unwilling to comply.
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Almost every character, including Ozark Bule, are fictional. Only Woody and wife, Mary, are based on real people.
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David Carradine was living with Barbara Hershey during this time (Hershey had changed her last name to Seagull due to an involvement in an accidental death of the bird) and they had rented a home in the small town of South Haven Kansas which borders northern Oklahoma. Their presence, along with several long haired musicians and film employees, caused quite a stir among the conservative residents of the town. Carradine and others could frequently be seen at the one local ice cream/hamburger place on the highway that ran through the town.
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Robert De Niro was offered the role of Woody Guthrie, but he was unavailable.
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Al Pacino was considered to star as Woody Guthrie.
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