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In Dubious Battle (2016)

R | | Drama | 17 February 2017 (USA)
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An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jim
... Mac
... London
... Lisa
... Edie
... Vera
... Dr. Burton
... Frank the Foreman
... Mr. Anderson
... Al
... Dan
... Bolton
... Joy
... Vinnie
Julian De Niro ... Billy
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In the California apple country, 900 migratory workers rise up "in dubious battle" against the landowners. The group takes on a life of its own - stronger than its individual members and more frightening. Led by the doomed Jim Nolan (Nat Wolff), the strike is founded on his tragic idealism - on the "courage never to submit or yield." Published in 1936, the novel "In Dubious Battle" is considered the first major work of Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck.

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Rated R for some violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Goof, not a point of trivia: When Mac helps Lisa deliver her baby, she makes one last push and he holds the baby up, but the baby is not attached by an umbilical cord. See more »

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Scene where Mac brushes his teeth, he's using a 21st century white plastic toothbrush with accordion bend. See more »

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Jim: [narrating] My pop always told me to watch the scales. Said the world will always find a way to cheat the working man. I met Mac McLeod in 1933, and I witnessed up close the price of real change.
Title Card: At the height of The Great Depression, nearly one quarter of Americans were without jobs.
Bolton: [standing on the back of his truck] Gentlemen, ladies, come in, come in. Listen, please. Hear what I have to say, all right? This price cut pains me as much as it pains you. With the market as volatile ...
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: The Disaster Artist (2017) See more »

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Stepping In, Stepping Out
Written and Performed by Timo Elliston
Published by 16W18 Music (BMI)
By Arrangement with BANG NY
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Not bad, but missing the 'wow' factor

Here we have a story that was told well - directing and writing was good, cinematography, editing and sound was great, but the pace was very slow and missing substance. It felt like someone monotonic was telling a story, but with no punch-line, or closing plot message. It wasn't a bad film, and the cast were all on point, but is was just missing that wow factor for me. It's a 6/10 from me.


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