The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

Based on John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, this John Ford-directed classic chronicles the hardships of a family heading west to secure their future.

After their drought-ridden farm is seized by the bank, the Joad family - led by just-paroled son Tom (Henry Fonda) - heads California. Once there, however, the Joads soon realize that the promised land isn't quite what they'd hoped.

Winner of Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (Darwell), 1941 Academy Awards.
1940Rating: PG129 minsUSA
DramaClassic
Director:
John Ford ('The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance', 'The Searchers', 'Stagecoach')
Writer:
Nunnally Johnson
Cast:
Henry FondaJane DarwellJohn CarradineCharley GrapewinDorris BowdonRussell SimpsonO. Z. WhiteheadJohn Qualen

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The Grapes of Wrath / Reviews

Variety

Variety

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

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Time Out

Time Out

Captures the stark plainness of the migrants, stripped to a few possessions, left with innumerable relations and little hope.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Cinematographer Gregg Toland perfectly captures the wide open spaces and big skies of rural America, while the normally conservative Ford puts forward a sympathetic but radical plea for workers' rights and freedom for the common people.

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