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The Grapes of Wrath
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  • Rated: Unrated
  • Genre: Drama
  • Year: 1940
Audio
English: Stereo / English & Spanish: Mono
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The Grapes of Wrath
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  • Rated: Unrated
  • Genre: Drama
  • Year: 1940
Audio
English Mono DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish Mono, French Mono DTS-HD Master Audio
Subtitles:
English, Spanish, French

Synopsis

This remarkable film version of Steinbeck's novel was nominated for seven Academy Awards®, including for Best Picture, Actor (Henry Fonda), Film Editing, Sound and Writing. John Ford won the Best Director Oscar® and actress Jane Darwell won Best Actress for her portrayal of Ma Joad, the matriarch of the struggling migrant farmer family. Following a prison term he served for manslaughter, Tom Joad returns to find his family homestead overwhelmed by weather and the greed of the banking industry. With little work potential on the horizon of the Oklahoma dust bowls, the entire family packs up and heads for the promised land - California. But the arduous trip and harsh living conditions they encounter offer little hope, and family unity proves as daunting a challenge as any other they face.

Disc Information

**Feature (B&W)
**Commentary by Joseph McBride (Film schollar) and Susan Shillinglaw (John Steinbeck schollar)
**U.K. Prologue (seamlessly branched)

Cast & Crew

Henry Fonda ... Tom Joad
Jane Darwell ... Ma Joad
John Carradine ... Jim Casey
Charles Grapewin ... Grandpa Joad
Doris Bowden ... Rosasharn
Russell Simpson ... Pa Joad
O.Z. Whitehead ... Al Joad

Reviews

Otis Ferguson The New Republic | August 29, 2012

Movies will probably go on improving and broadening themselves; but in any event, The Grapes of Wrath is the most mature picture story that has ever been made, in feeling, in purpose, and in the use of the medium.

Dave Kehr Chicago Reader | April 27, 2009

Ford's admirers have rightly tended to play this down in favor of his later and more personal westerns, but there's much to admire here in Gregg Toland's sun-beaten photography and Henry Fonda's meticulous performance.

TIME Magazine | April 27, 2009

The Grapes of Wrath is possibly the best picture ever made from a so-so book.

John C. Flinn Sr. Variety | March 26, 2009

It is an absorbing, tense melodrama, starkly realistic, and loaded with social and political fireworks.

Frank S. Nugent New York Times | May 20, 2003

The Grapes of Wrath is just about as good as any picture has a right to be; if it were any better, we just wouldn't believe our eyes.

Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times | April 14, 2002

The Grapes of Wrath was often named the greatest American film, until it was dethroned by the re-release of Citizen Kane.

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