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Grapes of Wrath

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Product Overview

An oklahoma family moves to california during the dustbowl period of the 1930s.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 205817837
UPC 024543482642
UPC 14 00024543482642
Format DVD
Release Date 12/4/2007
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Name Fonda,Henry
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Cast & Crew
Alfred Newman - Original Music By
Darryl F. Zanuck - Producer
Gregg Toland - Cinematographer
Henry Fonda - Actor
Jane Darwell - Actor
John Carradine - Actor
John Ford - Director
John Qualen - Actor
John Steinbeck - Based On Novel By
Mark-Lee Kirk - Art Director
Nunnally Johnson - Screenplay
Nunnally Johnson - Producer
Richard Day - Art Director
Robert L. Simpson - Editor
Winner (1941) Oscar, John Ford, Best Director,Oscar, Jane Darwell, Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominee (1941) Oscar, Henry Fonda, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Oscar, Robert L. Simpson, Best Film Editing,Oscar, The Grapes of Wrath, Best Picture,Oscar, Edmund H. Hansen, Best Sound, Recording,Oscar, Nunnally Johnson, Best Writing, Screenplay
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review John Ford's "The Grapes of Wrath" is a left-wing parable, directed by a right-wing American director, about how a sharecropper's son, a barroom brawler, is converted into a union organizer. The message is boldly displayed, but told with characters of such sympathy and images of such beauty that audiences leave the theater feeling more pity than anger or resolve. It's a message movie, but not a recruiting poster...The photography is by the great innovator Gregg Toland, who also shot "The Long Voyage Home" and after those two Ford pictures and William Wyler's "The Westerner" moved on directly to his masterpiece, Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane"...In "Grapes" he worked with astonishingly low levels of light; consider the many night scenes and the shots in the deserted Joad homestead, where Tom and the preacher seem illuminated by a single candle, Tom silhouetted, Casy side-lit...The power of Ford (1984-1973) was rooted in strong stories, classical technique and direct expression. Years of apprenticeship in low-budget silent films, many of them quickies shot on location, had steeled him against unnecessary set-ups and fancy camera work. There is a rigorous purity in his visual style that serves the subject well. "The Grapes of Wrath" contains not a single shot that seems careless or routine.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Review John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath is one of the most classic and controversial pieces of American literature ever written. To this day, it frequently appears on banned-books lists for schools and libraries. With its powerful message of the struggle between the working and ruling classes, it's doubtful any movie could do such a complex, nuanced piece of literature justice. But in 1940, legendary director John Ford spent $750,000--about the same budget as Fox would give Orson Welles for Citizen Kane--to come as close as humanly possible to matching film to book. Although large pieces of the novel had to be truncated, and even deleted, word has it that Steinbeck himself felt the interpretation was an accurate one, albeit with an altered ending...Much of the "obscenity" in the novel was cleaned up for the film version--language, clothing, migrant worker conditions--but the basic message of the proletariat banding together remained, leaving both Steinbeck and Ford open to McCarthy-ite investigation for Communist leanings (both were acquitted).
Reviewer Sarah Chauncey
ReviewRating 10
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Product Attributes
Actor Fonda,Henry
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Frank S. Nugent, The New York Times good as any picture has a right to be; if it was any better, we just wouldn't believe our eyes.
John J. Puccio, DVD Town of the most powerful films Hollywood ever made, and just as moving today as it was all those years ago.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Fonda, as ex-con, is unforgettable in role of his life...Don't miss this one.
Mark Bourne, DVD Journal proves that a Hollywood film can be both socially engaged and a work of lasting, entertaining art.
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