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Bound for Glory (1976) Poster

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The pivotal Steadicam sequence that first captivated industry insiders involved David Carradine's amble through a migrant camp. The Steadicam operator, Garrett Brown, descends into the scene on a Chapman crane and follows Woody Guthrie (Carradine) as he gets off a pickup truck and walks past some 900 extras. The sequence, which looks quite simple on film, posed a challenge to operator and crew in that, just as Brown stepped off the crane platform laden with his weighty armature, grips had to simultaneously counterbalance the crane arm to prevent it from becoming a human catapult.
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Singer Tim Buckley was cast as Woody Guthrie, but died before shooting took place.
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The first film to use a long Steadicam tracking shot as operated by its inventor Garrett Brown under DP Haskell Wexler's supervision.
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Hal Ashby offered Jack Nicholson the lead role, but he turned it down, saying that he didn't see himself as Woody Guthrie. He suggested Bob Dylan for the part.
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Fim debut of Mary Kay Place. Film debut of Wendy Schaal.
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Almost every character, including Ozark Bule, are fictional. Only Woody and wife, Mary, are based on real people.
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Kris Kristofferson turned down the lead role, as he did not feel he was right physically to play Woody Guthrie.
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Richard Dreyfuss was offered the role of Woody Guthrie, but he wanted too much money.
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Dustin Hoffman was offered the role of Woody Guthrie. He was interested, but he wanted three months to rest and three months to learn to play the guitar. The producers were unwilling to comply.
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David Carradine was living with Barbara Hershey during this time (Hershey had changed her last name to Seagull due to involvement in the accidental death of the bird) and they had rented a home in the small town of South Haven, KS, which borders northern Oklahoma. Their presence, along with several long-haired musicians and film employees, caused quite a stir among the conservative residents of the town. Carradine and others could frequently be seen at the one local ice cream/hamburger place on the highway that ran through the town.
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Woody Guthrie was an uncredited music consultant on The Grapes of Wrath (1940), which co-starred David Carradine's father, John Carradine, as Jim Casy.
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Robert De Niro was offered the role of Woody Guthrie, but he was unavailable.
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Melinda Dillon was cast as Woody Guthrie's wife, Mary. Dillon loved working on the film so much that when the filming of her scenes was completed, she was devastated. Director Hal Ashby sensed her sadness and subsequently cast her as Memphis Sue so she would have more to do on the film.
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Al Pacino was considered to star as Woody Guthrie.
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The only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year not to be nominated in any of the acting categories. More specifically, all the Best Picture nominees that year except this film had a nominee in either of the support acting categories.
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At various times in the film three actors make an appearance. They are M. Emmet Walsh, Brion James and James Hong. They all appeared in Blade Runner (1982).
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The only Best Picture nominee that year that wasn't listed in the American Film Institute's Top 100 Greatest American Movies (both the 1998 and the 10th Anniversary Edition).
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Melinda Dillon was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Film Debut Female despite the fact that she had been acting in films and television since the late 1960s.
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Haskell Wexler was the original director.
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Though she has a minor role in the film, Tani Guthrie is not related to Woody Guthrie.
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The only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to be also nominated for Best Original Song Score or Adaptation Score, and Best Costume Design.
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Eva-Marie Fredric's debut.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2004 list of 400 movies nominated for the top 100 America's Greatest Music in the Movies for the song "This Land Is Your Land."
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Woody's agent at the end of the movie, Baker, is played by Alan Miller and not Bernie Kopell... Miller has said he's often confused for Koppell.
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The first ever use of the Steadicam happens at 1:11:00 when David Carradine, sitting on a truck, gets up and walks over to Randy Quaid through the crowded migrant camp; and then they walk halfway back, all one shot ending at 1:13:06).
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