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The Grapes of Wrath

Rated NR 129 minutes 1940

John Ford's Oscar-winning 1940 vision of the ant line of Okies marching across the Depression desert to California was based on John Steinbeck's best seller, and it remains, for better or worse, Ford's best-known and most “respectable” film. Ford's admirers have rightly tended to play this down in favor of his later and more personal westerns, but there's much to admire here in Gregg Toland's sun-beaten photography and Henry Fonda's meticulous performance as Steinbeck's dashboard saint, Tom Joad.

Film Credits

Director: John Ford

Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck

Cast: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin, Dorris Bowdon, Russell Simpson, O.Z. Whitehead, John Qualen, Eddie Quillan, Zeffie Tilbury, Frank Sully, Frank Darien, Darryl Hickman, Shirley Mills, Grant Mitchell, Ward Bond, Frank Faylen, Joe Sawyer, Harry Tyler, Charles Middleton, John Arledge, Hollis Jewell, Paul Guilfoyle, Charles D. Brown and Roger Imhof

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