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The Grapes of Wrath ()


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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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Tom Joad
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Ma Joad
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Jim Casy
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Grandpa
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Rosasharn
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Pa Joad
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Al
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Muley Bates
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Connie
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Grandma
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Noah
Frank Darien ...
Uncle John
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Winfield
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Ruthie
Roger Imhof ...
Thomas
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Caretaker
Charles D. Brown ...
Wilkie
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Davis
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Needles Policeman
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Bert
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Bill
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Joe
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Inspection Officer (as Selmar Jackson)
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Roadblock Leader
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Proprietor (as Eddie Waller)
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Floyd
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Frank
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City Man
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Keene Ranch Foreman (as Joseph Sawyer)
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Tim
Adrian Morris ...
Fake Hiring Agent
Hollis Jewell ...
Muley's Son
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Spencer
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Truck Driver
Kitty McHugh ...
Mae
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Boy Who Bragged of Eating Chicken (uncredited)
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Arkansas Storekeeper (uncredited)
Josephine Allen ...
Migrant (uncredited)
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Hungry Boy (uncredited)
Frank Atkinson ...
Migrant (uncredited)
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Father (uncredited)
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Jule - Bouncer at Dance (uncredited)
John Binns ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Joe Bordeaux ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Leon Brace ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Henry Brahe ...
Migrant (uncredited)
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Boy (uncredited)
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Migrant (uncredited)
Scotty Brown ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Hal Budlong ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Nora Bush ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Russ Clark ...
Guard (uncredited)
Shirley Coates ...
Girl in Migrant Camp (uncredited)
Cal Cohen ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Cecil Cook ...
Migrant (uncredited)
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Migrant (uncredited)
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Deputy (uncredited)
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Buck Jackson - Witness at Dance (uncredited)
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Chef (uncredited)
Delmar Costello ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Jane Crowley ...
Migrant (uncredited)
W.H. Davis ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Helen Dean ...
Migrant (uncredited)
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Bookseller (uncredited)
Lillian Drew ...
Migrant (uncredited)
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Deputy (uncredited)
Thornton Edwards ...
Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
Billy Elmer ...
Migrant (uncredited)
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Deputy (uncredited)
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Guard (uncredited)
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Migrant (uncredited)
Emily Gerdes ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Tyler Gibson ...
Migrant (uncredited)
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Migrant (uncredited)
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Deputy with Shotgun (uncredited)
Ben Hall ...
Gas Station Attendant in Bakersfield (uncredited)
Dean Hall ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Edna Hall ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Don Hawks ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Sidney Hayes ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Cliff Herbert ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Charles Herzinger ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood ...
Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Harry Holden ...
Migrant (uncredited)
E.J. Kaspar ...
Migrant (uncredited)
David Kirkland ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Lillian Lawrence ...
Migrant (uncredited)
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Cop (uncredited)
Hazel Lollier ...
Migrant (uncredited)
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Muley's Wife (uncredited)
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Man in Camp (uncredited)
Harry Matthews ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Scotty Mattraw ...
Migrant (uncredited)
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Gang Leader (uncredited)
Jules Michelson ...
Migrant (uncredited)
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New Mexico Border Guard (uncredited)
Philip Morris ...
Guard (uncredited)
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Migrant (uncredited)
Frank Newburg ...
Migrant (uncredited)
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Deputy #1 (uncredited)
L.F. O'Connor ...
Migrant (uncredited)
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Clerk (uncredited)
Ted Oliver ...
State Policeman (uncredited)
Inez Palange ...
Woman in Camp (uncredited)
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Gas Station Attendant #2 in Needles (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ...
Camp Helper (uncredited)
Walter Perry ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Walton Pindon ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Rose Plumer ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Chauncey Pyle ...
Migrant (uncredited)
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Deputy (uncredited)
Gladys Rehfeld ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Waclaw Rekwart ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Dick Rich ...
Keene Ranch Guard (uncredited)
Gloria Roy ...
Waitress (uncredited)
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Hungry Girl (uncredited)
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Gas Station Attendant #1 in Needles (uncredited)
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Deputy (uncredited)
Georgia Simmons ...
Woman (uncredited)
C.B. Steele ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Al Stewart ...
Migrant (uncredited)
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Fred - Trucker #2 at Diner (uncredited)
William Sundholm ...
Migrant (uncredited)
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Deputy (uncredited)
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Deputy / Troublemaker (uncredited)
Charles Thurston ...
Migrant (uncredited)
D.H. Turner ...
Migrant (uncredited)
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Deputy Handcuffing Casy (uncredited)
Pearl Varvalle ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Eleanore Vogel ...
Migrant (uncredited)
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Guard (uncredited)
Harry Wallace ...
Migrant (uncredited)
John Wallace ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Glen Walters ...
Woman Who Gets Shot (uncredited)
Jack Walters ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Frank Watson ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Jim Welch ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Charles West ...
Migrant (uncredited)
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Poor Man Walking with Woman in Transient Camp (uncredited)
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Joe - Shot at Floyd (uncredited)
Bill Wolfe ...
Square-Dance Caller (uncredited)
Bill Worth ...
Migrant (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Ford

Written by

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Nunnally Johnson ... (screen play)
 
John Steinbeck ... (based on the novel by)

Produced by

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Nunnally Johnson ... associate producer
Darryl F. Zanuck ... producer

Music by

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Alfred Newman ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Gregg Toland ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Robert L. Simpson ... film editor (as Robert Simpson)

Editorial Department

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Mary Crumley ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Robert Parrish ... negative cutter (uncredited)
Jack Wells ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Richard Day
Mark-Lee Kirk

Set Decoration by

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Thomas Little ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

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Gwen Wakeling ... (costumes)

Makeup Department

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Myrtle Ford ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Charles Gemora ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Gustaf Norin ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Ralph Dietrich ... production manager (uncredited)
Bernard McEveety ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Otto Brower ... second unit director (uncredited)
Edward O'Fearna ... assistant director (uncredited)
Wingate Smith ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Thomas Hart Benton ... promotional artwork (uncredited)
Eddie Jones ... props (uncredited)
Andy Kisch ... assistant property master (uncredited)
William Sittel ... assistant property master (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Roger Heman Sr. ... sound (as Roger Heman)
George Leverett ... sound
Edmund H. Hansen ... sound (uncredited)
Harry Kornfield ... assistant sound (uncredited)
W.P. Mathewson ... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Jack Miller ... cableman (uncredited)
Robert Parrish ... sound effects editor (uncredited)

Stunts

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Jim Corey ... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth ... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Charles G. Clarke ... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Arthur Dorien ... best boy (uncredited)
Paul Garnett ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Eddie Garvin ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ralph Hoge ... grip (uncredited)
Vic Jones ... gaffer (uncredited)
Lou Kunkel ... camera operator (uncredited)
Bill McLellan ... gaffer (uncredited)
Emmett Schoenbaum ... still photographer (uncredited)
Bert Shipman ... camera operator (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sam Benson ... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Harry Kernell ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Josephine Perrin ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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Alfred Newman ... musical director
Danny Borzage ... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Alfred Newman ... composer: cue "Leaving the Dustbowl" (uncredited)

Other crew

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Tom Collins ... technical director
Meta Stern ... script supervisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Highway 66 (United States)
  • Les raisins de la colère (France)
  • Früchte des Zorns (Germany)
  • El raïm de l'ira (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Las uvas de la ira (Spain)
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  • 129 min
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Budget $800,000 (estimated)

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Trivia Prior to filming, producer Darryl F. Zanuck sent undercover investigators out to the migrant camps to see if John Steinbeck had been exaggerating about the squalor and unfair treatment meted out there. He was horrified to discover that, if anything, Steinbeck had actually downplayed what went on in the camps. See more »
Goofs Tom Joad's semi-retarded brother, Noah, vanishes after the swimming-in-the-river sequence. In the book, Noah believes he's a burden on the family and runs away. In the film, no explanation is given for his disappearance. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Directed by John Ford (1971). See more »
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Quotes Tom Joad: I been thinking about us, too, about our people living like pigs and good rich land layin' fallow. Or maybe one guy with a million acres and a hundred thousand farmers starvin'. And I been wonderin' if all our folks got together and yelled...
Ma Joad: Oh, Tommy, they'd drag you out and cut you down just like they done to Casy.
Tom Joad: They'd drag me anyways. Sooner or later they'd get me for one thing if not for another. Until then...
Ma Joad: Tommy, you're not aimin' to kill nobody.
Tom Joad: No, Ma, not that. That ain't it. It's just, well as long as I'm an outlaw anyways... maybe I can do somethin'... maybe I can just find out somethin', just scrounge around and maybe find out what it is that's wrong and see if they ain't somethin' that can be done about it. I ain't thought it out all clear, Ma. I can't. I don't know enough.
Ma Joad: How am I gonna know about ya, Tommy? Why they could kill ya and I'd never know. They could hurt ya. How am I gonna know?
Tom Joad: Well, maybe it's like Casy says. A fellow ain't got a soul of his own, just little piece of a big soul, the one big soul that belongs to everybody, then...
Ma Joad: Then what, Tom?
Tom Joad: Then it don't matter. I'll be all around in the dark - I'll be everywhere. Wherever you can look - wherever there's a fight, so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever there's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there. I'll be in the way guys yell when they're mad. I'll be in the way kids laugh when they're hungry and they know supper's ready, and when the people are eatin' the stuff they raise and livin' in the houses they build - I'll be there, too.
Ma Joad: I don't understand it, Tom.
Tom Joad: Me, neither, Ma, but - just somethin' I been thinkin' about.
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