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In Dubious Battle (2016)

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An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s.

Director:

James Franco

Writers:

Matt Rager (screenplay by) (as Matthew Rager), John Steinbeck (based on the book by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nat Wolff ... Jim
James Franco ... Mac
Vincent D'Onofrio ... London
Selena Gomez ... Lisa
Ahna O'Reilly ... Edie
Analeigh Tipton ... Vera
Jack Kehler ... Dr. Burton
Scott Haze ... Frank the Foreman
Sam Shepard ... Mr. Anderson
Joel Marsh Garland ... Al
John Savage ... Dan
Robert Duvall ... Bolton
Ed Harris ... Joy
Josh Hutcherson ... Vinnie
Julian De Niro 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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Batalha Incerta See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The DGA (Directors Guild of America) withheld Director James Franco's last paycheck in order to pay the crew. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Connections

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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The movie plays out as a great companion to The Grapes Of Wrath, this one just had a little more action. I do recommend.
24 March 2017 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"If you don't make trouble then nothing's gonna change." Jim (Wolf) is growing up in the depression and is tired and angry at the way his family and those he knows are being treated. Wanting to do something about it he meets up with Mac (Franco). Together they start a worker revolt that leads to a strike, but soon things become more dangerous than they expected. This is a movie I went in expecting it to be slow and boring. I mean how can a movie about a fruit picking strike during the great depression be good? I don't know if it was my expectations that played a part but this movie was very good. The movie was tense and I was surprisingly on the edge for most of it. The acting is amazing, but with the cast it has that's not a surprise at all. This film is based off a novel by John Steinbeck and really felt true to his style. The movie plays out as a great companion to The Grapes Of Wrath, this one just had a little more action. Overall, a surprisingly tense and good movie that I do recommend. One of the better historical fiction movies I have seen. I give this a high B+.


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