The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

DVD - 2004
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A simple but courageous farmer sets out with his family in hopes of a new life in California during the depression.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox, c2004.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 129 min.) :,sd., b&w. ;,12 cm.

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 02, 2016

A decent adaptation of the novel, but this film does leave out some of the most memorable parts of the story.

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voisjoe1_0
Apr 05, 2015

Based upon John Steinbeck’s book, this film version of The Grapes of Wrath is ranked as one of the best 200 films of all time. Okies travel to California when their farm goes bust and house gets bulldozed by caterpillars to make sure they don't squatter on the land. The trip is bleak and upon arrival, work is available only for pennies a day. Hollywood softened the film, as they were not allowed to make a film as bleak as the novel. Director John Ford brilliantly tells this sad story of the 1% grinding the 99% into dust.

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funkydave
Jan 30, 2015

truly a classic! henry Fonda although he didn't get an oscar for this should of. It should be required viewing on history of the 30s worth 5 stars at the lest

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Zhanna8
Jun 30, 2014

Most excellent work portraying the important period in American History... please watch it and share with your family! It is a truly a masterpiece in many different ways

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garycornell
Jun 13, 2014

The Grapes of Wrath is such a moving story. This may be considered Henry Fonda's most famous role. We haven't had the dust storms the story recounts recently, but it caused mass displacement of families. The Grapes of Wrath will be shown as a part of our history for years to come. It is truly a masterpiece!!

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swyckl
May 29, 2014

I loved it! Well done! Good acting! Good for all ages! Good story!

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lukasevansherman
Jan 16, 2014

As some have pointed out it's ironic that two well known political conservatives (director John Ford and producer Daryl Zanuck) were responsible for one of the great populist/pro-labor films of the 20th century. I guess art overcomes politics. This is a thoughtful, moving and gritty adaptation that in some ways improves on the novel, mainly because it drops Steinbeck's preachy, didactic tone. Henry Fonda is perfect in the lead and there are memorable performances from the supporting cast, including John Carradine as the former preacher. Special note should be made of the cinematography of Greg Toland, who a year later would shoot "Citizen Kane." Welles clearly took some of the dramatic lighting, deep shadows and striking angles from Ford. Winner of two Oscars.

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sdelao
Jan 02, 2013

Wonderful film with the inimitable Henry Fonda. From John Steinbeck's brilliant novel. John Ford did a fantastic job directing...as did the cinematographer....some of the shots are outstanding. 5 stars...6 if there were such a thing!

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Monolith
May 24, 2012

A bleak, heartwrenching tale, based on the Steinbeck novel, directed by legendary director John Ford. The migrant farmers escaping the Oklahoma dustbowl, (and foreclosure), during The Great Depression were effectively treated as slave labor. Prior to filming, producer Darryl F. Zanuck sent undercover investigators out to the migrant camps to see if John Steinbeck had been exaggerating about the squalor and unfair treatment meted out there. He was horrified to discover that, if anything, Steinbeck had actually downplayed what went on in the camps. Henry Fonda, John Carradine, (man, he was spooky, even back then), and the entire cast were phenomenal. A timeless film of the resiliency of the human spirit in the face of incomprehensible hardship. FIVE STARS.

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kwarah
Dec 29, 2011

FILMS ARE ONLY, AS GOOD AS THE STORY.

Here's EXCEPTIONALLY REAL-LIFE FILM, very bitter-truth & inescapable reality of migration of many American families, uprooted & driven out from generations of farming by CORPORATE INDUSTRY, to ONLY end up penniless, paying very heavy price & seeking to start farming in California, all over gain.

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Monolith
May 24, 2012

Casy: "Tom, you gotta learn like I'm learnin'. I don't know it right yet myself. That's why I can't ever be a preacher again. Preachers gotta know. I don't know. I gotta ask."

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Monolith
May 24, 2012

Casy: "...Maybe there ain't no sin, there ain't no virtue... It's just what people does... Some things folks do is nice, and some ain't so nice... And that's all any man's got a right to say..."

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Monolith
May 24, 2012

Tom Joad: "Seems like the government's got more interest in a dead man than a live one."

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Monolith
May 24, 2012

Casy: "I wouldn't pray just for an old man that's dead, 'cause he's alright. If I was to pray, I'd pray for folks that's alive and don't know which way to turn."

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Monolith
May 24, 2012

Man in convertible: "The fact of the matter, Muley, after what them dusters done to the land, the tenant system don't work no more. They don't even break even - much less show a profit. Why, one man and a tractor can handle 12 or 14 of these places. You just pay him a wage, and take all the crop." Muley Graves: "Yeah, but uh... we couldn't do on any less than what our share is now! Well, the children ain't gettin' enough to eat as it is! And they're so ragged... we'd be ashamed if everybody else's children wasn't the same way!" Man: "I can't help that - all I know is I got my orders. They told me to tell you to get off and that's what I'm tellin' ya." Muley: "You mean get off my own land?"

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Monolith
May 24, 2012

Man in convertible: "Now don't go to blamin' me - it ain't my fault!" Muley' son: "Whose fault is it?" Man: "You know who owns the land - the Shawnee Land and Cattle Company." Muley: "And who's the Shawnee Land and Cattle Company?" Man: "It ain't nobody! It's a company." Son: "They got a president, ain't they? They got somebody knows what a SHOTGUN'S FOR, ain't they?" Man: "Aw, son, it ain't his fault, because the bank tells him what to do!" Son: "Alright, where's the bank?" Man: "Tulsa. What's the use of pickin' on him - he ain't nothin' but the manager. And he's half crazy hisself tryin' to keep up with his orders from the East." Muley: "Then who do we shoot?" Man: "Brother, I don't know. If I did, I'd tell ya. I just don't know who's to blame."

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Monolith
May 24, 2012

Muley Graves: "I'm right here to tell you, mister, there ain't NOBODY gonna push me off my land! My Grandpa... took up this land 70 years ago! My Pa was born here! We was all born on it! And some of of us... was KILLED on it! (man drives away) ...And some of us... died on it... That's what make it our'n! ...Bein' born on it! ...AND WORKIN' ON IT!! ...And - and dyin'... DYIN' on it! And not no piece of paper... with the writin' on it!" (weeps)

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Monolith
May 24, 2012

Grandpa Joad: "Wait 'til I get to Californee, I'm gonna reach up and - pick me an orange, whenever I want it! Or some grapes, na-na-na now now there's somethin' I ain't never had enough of... I'm gonna get me a whole big bunch 'o grapes - up in a bush, and I'm gonna, SQUASH 'EM ALL OVER MY FACE, and let the... juice drain down... all to my chin..." Grandma Joad: "Praise the Lord!" Grandpa Joad: "M-m-m maybe I'll get me a - whole washtub full 'o grapes, and just... SIT IN 'EM AND SCROUNGE IN 'EM... until they're all gone... hee hee hee... I sure would like that... yessir... I sure would like that..."

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Monolith
May 24, 2012

Ma Joad (on prison): "...Did they hurt ya son? Did they hurt ya, and make ya mean mad? Tom Joad: "Mad, Ma?" Ma Joad: "Sometimes they do..." Tom Joad: "No, I was at first, but not no more." Ma Joad: "Sometimes they do somethin' to ya. They hurt ya, and ya get mad, and then ya get mean. Then they hurt ya again, and ya get meaner and meaner... 'Til ya ain't no boy nor man anymore, just a walkin' chunk o' mean mad... They hurt ya that way, son?"

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Monolith
May 24, 2012

Gasoline Attendant: "You and me got sense. Them Okies got no sense and no feeling. They ain't human. Human being wouldn't live the way they do. Human being couldn't stand to be so miserable."

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