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Bound for Glory (1976)

The early life of Woody Guthrie as a vagabond folk singer.

Director:

Hal Ashby

Writers:

Robert Getchell (screenplay), Woody Guthrie (autobiography)

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Carradine ... Woody Guthrie
Ronny Cox ... Ozark Bule
Melinda Dillon ... Mary - Woody's Wife / Memphis Sue
Gail Strickland ... Pauline
John Lehne John Lehne ... Locke - Radio Station Manager
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Slim Snedeger - Hobo on Train
Randy Quaid ... Luther Johnson - Migrant Worker
Elizabeth Macey Elizabeth Macey ... Liz - Johnson's Wife
Susan Vaill ... Gwen Guthrie
Sarah Vaill Sarah Vaill ... Gwen Guthrie
Alexandra Mock Alexandra Mock ... Sue Guthrie
Kimberly Mock Kimberly Mock ... Sue Guthrie
Miriam Byrd-Nethery ... Sick Woman - Water-Swallowing Scene (as Miriam Byrd Nethery)
Jane Lambert Jane Lambert ... Other Woman - Water-Swallowing Scene
Jan Burrell ... Other Woman - Water-Swallowing Scene
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Storyline

This film is an excellent biography of Woody Guthrie, one of America's greatest folk singers. He left his dust-devastated Texas home in the 1930s to find work, and discovered the suffering and strength of America's working class. Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Woody Guthrie. his music has become as much a part of America as its mountains, its rivers, its forests and its people. His life has touched all our lives. This is his story.

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esta tierra es mi tierra See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bound for Glory See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Though she has a minor role in the film, actress Tani Guthrie hasn't got any relation to Woody Guthrie. See more »

Goofs

About 90 minutes in, there's a scene where Woody and Ozark are playing outdoors to an audience of prison inmates. As the camera zooms out, we see the edge of what appears to be a sky-blue painted backdrop, then we see movie reflector boards, then we notice a man walking through -- not dressed in 30's clothes, seems like a crew member, perhaps an Assistant Director. In the foreground, also not in period dress, a man, perhaps a props person removes some leg irons from the back of a prisoner's seat. Then the picture cuts to close up of Woody and Ozark, then back to a wide shot where we see reflector boards, crew standing around and in the background. Smack dab in the middle of the shot, there's a movie camera with full magazine. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hank - Man in Gas Station: ['California Water Tastes Like Cherry Wine' plays in the background'] What's the matter?
Carl - Man in Gas Station: Hey, Wood.
Woody Guthrie: Yeah.
Old Man Jenkins - Gas Station Owner: Cherry wine.
Old Man Jenkins - Gas Station Owner: [Jenkins turns off the record player] Goddamit, Woody. I got half a notion to pull up stakes and hit the road for California.
Carl - Man in Gas Station: I been thinking about down the Gulf of Mexico... or the Rio Grande valley. Just somewheres I can grow some fruit, peaches. Them Indian blood peaches with that red meat.
Old Man Jenkins - Gas Station Owner: Shit fire, Carl! Why down there? In California you just plop a seed into ...
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Soundtracks

Lonesome Valley
Written by Woody Guthrie
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This film was made for you and me
30 October 2001 | by raydaviesSee all my reviews

One can go into this film from several different angles, and be rewarded at every turn. You like history? Bound For Glory's depiction of Depression Era life is both accurate and eye-opening. You like music? The perspective gained on one of our nation's greatest songwriters is delightful in a way every man can appreciate. You like against-the-odds stories of rugged individualism? Hope you're hungry. The pace may be criticized as slow, but works in emphasizing the dreariness and despair needed to understand the motivations and emotions that lead to Woody Guthrie's greatness. The deliberate storytelling also reminds one of the manner in which Kurosawa might weave a fable. Which reminds me, David Carradine's performance is inspired. Great film any way you look at it.


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