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"American Playhouse" The Grapes of Wrath (1991)

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Original Air Date:
22 March 1991 (Season 10, Episode 2)
A poor Midwest family is forced off of their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression. | Add synopsis »
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Beautifully rendered stage adaptation See more (2 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Gary Sinise ... Tom Joad
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Breuler ... Pa Joad
Ron Crawford ... Willy
Mark Deakins ... Connie Rivers

Francis Guinan ... First Narrator / Car Salesman / The Man Going Back / Weedpatch Camp Director / Mr. Wainwright

Terry Kinney ... Jim Casy
Keith Kirk ... Car Dealer

Sally Murphy ... Rose of Sharon

James Noah ... Uncle John

Jeff Perry ... Noah Joad
Christopher M. Russo ... Al Joad (as Christopher Michaels)

Lois Smith ... Ma Joad
Rick Snyder ... Car Salesman / Floyd Knowles

Alan Wilder ... Muley Graves

Episode Crew
Directed by
Kirk Browning 
Frank Galati 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frank Galati 
John Steinbeck  novel "The Grapes of Wrath"

Produced by
Michael Bronson .... producer
John H. Williams .... producer (as John Williams)
Film Editing by
Gary Bradley 
Laren Lambdin (co-editor)
Production Design by
Kevin Rigdon 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Laren Lambdin .... assistant director
Sound Department
Ken Hahn .... re-recording mixer
John Purcell .... sound editor
Casting Department
Dottie O'Brien .... extras casting
John O'Brien .... extras casting
Other crew
Gary Sinise .... consultant

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

142 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Terry Kinney was nominated for the 1990 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actor in a Drama for "The Grapes of Wrath" and recreated the role in this production.See more »
Movie Connections:
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Beautifully rendered stage adaptation, 26 April 2005
Author: Kenn-15 from Marin County, CA

This is a beautifully rendered stage adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel, created by Frank Galati and Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company and originally presented by PBS's Great Performances, directed for television by Kirk Browning. Gary Sinise and Lois Smith are terrific as Tom and Ma Joad and the entire cast makes incredible use of an almost-bare stage to create the world of the 1930s dust bowl. Notably, this production also restores the original (stunningly moving) ending of Steinbeck's novel, changed in the 1940 John Ford film for censorship reasons. Truly an ensemble piece, one only wishes it was available on home video -- ask Broadway Theatre Archive and/or Kultur DVD to make this one available, as they have so many other PBS Great Performances shows.

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