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The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Apr 6, 2004

Running Time
2 hours, 8 minutes

Country USA

Studio 20th Century Fox

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• The Grapes of Wrath

• Highway 66 (1940)

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Genre: Drama, Society, Tear Jerker, Murder

Plot: John Ford's memorable screen version of John Steinbeck's epic novel of the Great Depression--often regarded as the director's best film--stars Henry Fonda as Tom Joad. After having served a brief prison sentence for manslaughter, Joad arrives at his family's Oklahoma farm only to find it abandoned. Muley (John Qualen), a neighbor now nearly mad with grief, tells Tom of the drought that has transformed the farmland of Oklahoma into a desert and of the preying land agents who have plowed under the shacks of the sharecroppers. Joined by former hellfire preacher Casy (John Carradine), Tom finds his extended family, including Pa (Charles Grapewin) and his indomitable Ma (Jane Darwell), packing their ramshackle truck to seek work in the fields of California. As the family treks across the country, their dissolution begins with the deaths of Tom's grandparents at close intervals. When they arrive in California, the Joads find only an abundance of poverty-stricken migrants like themselves and little in the way of potential work. Yet, ever resilient, they maintain their dignity, hoping for the best.

Among the talented cast, Fonda does perhaps the best work of his career, as does Qualen in the film's most haunting sequence. Director of photography Gregg Toland captures the suffering and

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 Directed by
John Ford
The Searchers, The Quiet Man, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
 Written by
John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men, Lifeboat, Of Mice and Men
Nunnally Johnson
The Dirty Dozen, The Woman in the Window, The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel
Henry Fonda
12 Angry Men, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Longest Day
Jane Darwell
Mary Poppins, My Darling Clementine, The Ox-Bow Incident
John Carradine
The Ten Commandments, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Stagecoach
Charley Grapewin
The Wizard of Oz, The Petrified Forest, Captains Courageous
Dorris Bowdon
Drums Along the Mohawk, Young Mr. Lincoln
Russell Simpson
My Darling Clementine, San Francisco, Drums Along the Mohawk
O.Z. Whitehead
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Lion in Winter, The Horse Soldiers
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