The Grapes of Wrath

"Excellent"

The Grapes of Wrath Review


John Ford's adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel is moving and heartfelt, despite its random structure and rambling, overwrought (and overly political) narrative. Henry Fonda owns the show as Tom Joad, a prison parolee in the 1930s who returns to his Oklahoma home to discover his family has been ousted from their farm by a greedy corporation when the infamous "dust bowl" hits. The family packs it up for California to try to make a go of it as migrant farm workers, which doesn't necessarily pan out for the best, thanks to Tom's penchant for getting into fights with "Okies go home" types. The Grapes of Wrath pours on the populist and neo-Communist schmaltz, but Fonda's portrayal of the permanently-down-on-his-luck Tom really makes you feel sorry for him. Which, I suppose, is the point.


The Grapes of Wrath

Facts and Figures

Run time: 129 mins

In Theaters: Friday 15th March 1940

Budget: $750 thousand

Distributed by: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Production compaines: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Fresh: 42

IMDB: 8.2 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck

Starring: as Tom Joad, as Ma Joad, as Casy, as Grandpa Joad, as Rosasharn, as Pa Joad, O. Z. Whitehead as Al Joad, as Muley Graves, as Connie Rivers, Zeffie Tilbury as Grandma Joad, Frank Sully as Noah, Frank Darien as Uncle John, Darryl Hickman as Winfield, Shirley Mills as Ruth Joad, Roger Imhof as Thomas, Grant Mitchell as Caretaker, Charles D. Brown as Wilkie, John Arledge as Davis, as Policeman, Harry Tyler as Bert, William Pawley as Bill, Charles Tannen as Joe, Selmer Jackson as Inspection Officer, Charles Middleton as Leader, Eddy Waller as Proprietor, as Floyd, David Hughes as Frank, Cliff Clark as City Man, as Bookkeeper, as Tim, Adrian Morris as Agent, Hollis Jewell as Muley's Son, Robert Homans as Spencer, as Driver, Kitty McHugh as Mae, Gino Corrado as Chef (uncredited), Pat Flaherty as Deputy (uncredited), as (uncredited) (unconfirmed), Herbert Heywood as Gas Station Attendant (uncredited), as Muley's Wife (uncredited), as Gas Station Attendant #1 in Needles (uncredited), Dan White as Poor Man Walking with Woman in Transient Camp (uncredited)

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