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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 230248693
UPC: 024543773160
UPC 14: 00024543773160
Sales Rank: 12617
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Editor's Note
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 the weathered, luminous nobility of the Joads and the other uprooted, drifting families, creating striking images equal to the best work of Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans. In a stirring film that stands as a microcosm of the depression experience of millions, Ford gives poverty a human face in a way that was rare then and even rarer in the decades to follow as Hollywood films with a sense of class consciousness dwindled like a species nearing extinction.

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Fox Home Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/5/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 129 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1940
Video UPC UPC: 00024543773160
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: B&W
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Russell Simpson
Video Cast Info John Qualen
Video Cast Info Henry Fonda
Video Cast Info Jane Darwell
Video Cast Info Eddie Quillan
Video Cast Info Doris Bowden
Video Cast Info Charley Grapewin
Video Cast Info O.Z. Whitehead
Video Cast Info John Carradine
Video Cast Info Zeffie Tilbury
Video Cast Info Grant Mitchell
Video Cast Info John Steinbeck - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Thomas Little - Set Designer
Video Cast Info Richard Day - Art Director
Video Cast Info Robert Simpson - Editor
Video Cast Info Gwen Wakeling - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Gregg Toland - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Alfred Newman - Music Director
Video Cast Info Nunnally Johnson - Producer
Video Cast Info Nunnally Johnson - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Darryl F. Zanuck - Producer
Video Cast Info Mark-Lee Kirk - Production Designer
Video Cast Info John Ford - Director
Plot Summary
Based on John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1939 novel, the story follows an Oklahoma family's escape from the dust bowl to join the migration to California's fruit harvest.

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"It's gorgeous, jaw-dropping work, rivaling Toland's deep-focus artistry in CITIZEN KANE." 04/09/2004 p.70

USA Today
"As son Tom Joad, Henry Fonda gave the screen performance of his career." 04/09/2004 p.10E

Uncut
"[T]he director's most artistic work..." 05/01/2005 p.144

Uncut
Ranked #17 in Uncut's Best DVDs Of 2005 -- "One of Ford's most beautiful films, and Fonda's performance is an essay in layered minimalism..." 01/01/2006 p.84-85

Chicago Sun-Times
"The message is boldly displayed....The movie was based on John Steinbecks' novel arguably the most effective social document of the 1930s..." 03/31/2002

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Fonda,Henry
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   Blu-ray DVD
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