Grapes Of Wrath (Blu-ray)

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PRO-labor union and PRO-working man film Classic

by Art on 3/11/2013

Along with The Informer and How Green was my Valley, this is the lesser of John Ford's PRO-labor union and Pro-working class movies. Although a good movie, I would not rate it as highly as the previously mentioned Ford pictures. Read More

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Studio Fox Home Entertainment
SKU 230248693
UPC 024543773160
UPC 14 00024543773160
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 6/5/2012
Sales Rank 795
Essential Cinema
Family Interaction
Social Issues
Tear Jerker
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
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,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
John Ford
Russell Simpson
Henry Fonda
Jane Darwell
Doris Bowden
Cast & Crew
Russell Simpson - Star
John Qualen - Star
Henry Fonda - Star
Jane Darwell - Star
Eddie Quillan - Star
Doris Bowden - Star
Charley Grapewin - Star
O.Z. Whitehead - Star
John Carradine - Star
Zeffie Tilbury - Star
Grant Mitchell - Star
John Steinbeck - Source Writer
Thomas Little - Set Designer
Richard Day - Art Director
Robert Simpson - Editor
Gwen Wakeling - Costume Designer
Gregg Toland - Director of Photography
Alfred Newman - Music Director
Nunnally Johnson - Producer
Nunnally Johnson - Screenwriter
Darryl F. Zanuck - Producer
Mark-Lee Kirk - Production Designer
John Ford - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1940
UPC 00024543773160
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 129 minutes
Color B&W
Name Jane Darwell
Award Category Best Supporting Actress
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1940
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name John Ford
Award Category Best Director
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1940
Award Giver Academy Awards
Product Attributes
Actor Fonda,Henry
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD

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