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The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | 15 March 1940 (USA)
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A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tom Joad
... Ma Joad
... Jim Casy
... Grandpa
... Rosasharn
... Pa Joad
... Al
... Muley Bates
... Connie
... Grandma
... Noah
Frank Darien ... Uncle John
... Winfield
Shirley Mills ... Ruthie
Roger Imhof ... Thomas
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The Joad clan, introduced to the world in John Steinbeck's iconic novel, is looking for a better life in California. After their drought-ridden farm is seized by the bank, the family -- led by just-paroled son Tom -- loads up a truck and heads West. On the road, beset by hardships, the Joads meet dozens of other families making the same trek and holding onto the same dream. Once in California, however, the Joads soon realize that the promised land isn't quite what they hoped. Written by Jwelch5742

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The Joads step right out of the pages of the novel that has shocked millions ! See more »

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Highway 66  »

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$800,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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The first collaboration between John Ford and cinematographer Gregg Toland. See more »

Goofs

When the Joads set out from the gas station to cross the desert, you see them pull away from the station twice. See more »

Quotes

Tom Joad: If there was a law, they was workin' with maybe we could take it, but it ain't the law. They're workin' away our spirits, tryin' to make us cringe and crawl, takin' away our decency.
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Referenced in Tomorrow, Yesterday, and Today (2010) See more »

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Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
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Played on guitar and Sung by Eddie Quillan
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Down but not Out
29 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

Anytime you are tempted to feel down and out, watch this movie. I personally have seen it many times and are currently reading the book which I highly recommend. I cannot emphasize this enough. This is as down as you can get and still survive. We are taught to be grateful when watching this and to also consider the other guy, whoever he is and at the least, do not add to his burden. Actors are on their game as is the Director. Of course, none of this exists if it wasn't for John Steinbeck and his book. I thought about this movie during the recent Real Estate downturn and what the banks did in real life was indeed captured in this movie way back when. Indifferent, callous, and greedy while practicing their rights leaves one with a bad taste in the mouth and we bailed them out if that isn't the gall of galls. Have something to eat while watching to appreciate that you have food and the people in the movie do not, a tasty drink and a snack which is unheard of back during the depression days will help you connect more to the movie theme. There is humility, gratitude and lessons to be learned while being entertained. Its called a TEN thank you


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