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The Grapes of Wrath ()


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An Oklahoma family, driven off their farm by the poverty and hopelessness of the Dust Bowl, joins the westward migration 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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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
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Connie
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Grandma
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Noah
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Uncle John
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Winfield
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Ruth Joad
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Thomas
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Caretaker
Charles D. Brown ...
Wilkie
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Davis
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Policeman
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Bert
William Pawley ...
Bill
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Joe
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Inspection Officer (as Selmar Jackson)
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Leader
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Proprietor (as Eddie Waller)
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Floyd
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Frank (as David Hughes)
Cliff Clark ...
City Man
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Bookkeeper (as Joseph Sawyer)
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Tim
Adrian Morris ...
Agent
Hollis Jewell ...
Muley's Son
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Spencer
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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)
William Gillis ...
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)
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Migrant (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood ...
Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Harry Holden ...
Migrant (uncredited)
E.J. Kaspar ...
Migrant (uncredited)
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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)
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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)
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Woman in Camp (uncredited)
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Gas Station Attendant #2 in Needles (uncredited)
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Camp Helper (uncredited)
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Deputy (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)
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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)
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Woman (uncredited)
C.B. Steele ...
Migrant (uncredited)
Al Stewart ...
Migrant (uncredited)
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Fred (uncredited)
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Deputy (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)
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Migrant (uncredited)
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Poor Man Walking with Woman in Transient Camp (uncredited)
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Joe (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

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)
Ed Jones ... props (uncredited)
Andy Kisch ... assistant property master (uncredited)
William Sittel ... assistant property master (uncredited)
Will Williams ... movie poster artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Roger Heman Sr. ... sound (as Roger Heman)
George Leverett ... sound mixer
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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Richard Farnsworth ... 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)
Louis Kaufman ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Alfred Newman ... composer: cue "Leaving the Dustbowl" (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Meta Stern ... script supervisor (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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Tom Collins ... technical director
Charles E. McCarthy ... general press representative (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)

Did You Know?

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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 exaggerated about the squalor and unfair treatment meted out there. He was horrified to discover that Steinbeck had actually downplayed what went on in the camps. See more »
Goofs One of the cars (License plate 263 with the silver bed springs sticking out the back) evacuating the Department of Agriculture camp site leaves the camp twice, once before the Joads pack up and once after. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into John Ford: The Man Who Invented America (2019). See more »
Soundtracks Red River Valley See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Ma Joad: Rich fellas come up an' they die, an' their kids ain't no good an' they die out. But we keep a'comin'. We're the people that live. They can't wipe us out; they can't lick us. We'll go on forever, Pa, 'cause we're the people.
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