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John Ford captures and conveys the absolute desperation of the Okies as they abandoned the only world they ever knew and became America's first refugees during the deadly Dust Bowl years. The Depression wiped out the economy. The dust storms provided the killing blow, literally, for many in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Those who survived the endless, black, choking dust storms trekked to California meeting more hardship and more suffering en route. They were unwelcome in virtually every town through which they passed in New Mexico, Arizona and California. Law enforcement treated the Okies as the enemy. Every American has a duty to know the tragedy these people endured and The Grapes of Wrath tells that story. Henry Fonda, as Tom Joad, is outstanding. Quiet, decent, sometimes prone to trouble, loyal and loving to his family and friends, he is a perfect image of how the cruelty of refugee life sucks the hope out of a man but who must keep going because he as a family which needs him. John Carradine, as Jim Casey, the preacher who has "lost his faith," powerfully represents the broken spirits of millions of these refugees. But it is Jane Darwell, as Ma Joad, who steals the show. My god, she was a remarkable actress. She captures every emotion the family endures on their 1500 mile journey to wherever god takes them. She is wise and caring. She is as strong as any man and she carries the suffering of the entire family but never gives up. When she says "they can't wipe us out; they can't lick us. We'll go on forever, Pa, cuz we're the people," she speaks for the tens of thousands who survived those bleak and bitter years with courage, dignity and faith. For people who do not know the story of the Dust Bowl and the Okies and Arkies, this film is a critical history lesson and it should be required viewing. The story of these refugees is a reminder that even when nature, laws and other people fail us, there is hope "cuz we're the people." This is a beautiful film.
- Lynn Gregory
From the acting to the photography, directing, editing--nothing can be improved upon; it is aptly named, a masterpiece. Jane Darwell becomes more outstanding with every viewing. Jane Darwell doesn't act, she is Ma Joad, her eyes when she tells Tom she had to let the Grandmother's death be unknown till they crossed over are unforgettable. Telling her daughter to save the catalog for something useful--a line many actresses wouldn't even have given a thought to--Darwell sums up the families dilemma in that one line.
Thank You For Your Recomendation
David H. Thank you so much for your recommendation and pointing out "Mission--". I knew about that film but did you know that Bogart admitted in Casablanca that he fought on the communist side (Loyalist) in the Spanish civil war. This was added by the later black listed screen writer Howard Koch---same studio as "Mission---. Isn't it strange that no one seems to care when the larger film studios push communism as a way of life, when history is just around the corner with, the Berlin Wall, and the now starving peoples of North Korea, Cuba----etc. I am so glad you too are an anti-communist, they are becoming harder and harder to find here in America when you consider one just ran for the highest office in the land.
- David H.
I guess people like a previous reviewer are so blinded by ideology they can't see the forest for the trees. If Jackie wants to see a REAL pro-Communist movie, I would heartily recommend "Mission to Moscow!"
"Grapes Of Wrath", the greatest pro-communist film ever to come out of Hollywood. definitely A head of it's time!
Hollywood's Greatest Film
- David H.
Almost every movie aficionado or fan of TCM has a film they think is the greatest of all time. For me, it is "The Grapes of Wrath." John Ford's direction garnered him a deserved Oscar and Jane Darwell delivers the best Oscar-winning supporting actress performance ever. Henry Fonda and a cast of fine character actors including Russell Simpson, Charley Grapewin, Zeffie Tilbury and John Qualen give the best performances of their careers. Nunnally Johnson's screenplay based on John Steinbeck's searing novel offers a glimmer of hope in the face of over- whelming tragedy. Studio head Darryl Zanuck also deserves recognition for looking into and bringing to the screen this tragic chapter in American history. Nearly all great films have a scene or two which one might not appreciate, but in this film every scene resonates and at the end you realize that you've seen a masterpiece.
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- Michael Whitty
The classic John Steinbeck story of farmers forced to leave their Oklahoma farms for maybe a better life in California. The Joad family showed great performances from Henry Fonda and Jane Darwell who had to endure hardships from not only the land but the establishment rule. John Ford won an Oscar directing this story of survival during the Depression situation which exacted good character studies from everyone.
- kevin sellers
Re: Jeff Boston's putdown of federally subsidized housing, let me just say that a Section 8 dwelling is preferable to the "thousand points of light" that hit you in the morning when you've slept on the pavement.
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Overall-4/5Lead Performers-5/5Supporting Cast-4/5Director-4/5Score-4/5Titles-2/5Screenplay-3/5Cinematography-4/5Importance-4/5Recommendation for fans of the genre-4/5
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- Dashiell B.
Part history lesson and part social critique, this is a magnificent adaptation of Steinbeck's book. An family psychologically traumatized by being uprooted from their home seek work and a new beginning in California. Fonda was nominated for his first Oscar as an ex-con who joins his family's journey, Darwell won the Best Supporting Actress award as his mother. Ford won his second Best Director Academy Award for bringing the sense of suffering to the people who were still grieving during the Great Depression. Changing the ending to emphasize the people instead of the politics, this is an outstanding film from everyone involved. I give it a 5/5.
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Except for many of those in the older generation, people may believe that this was not a reality during the Depression. It was and this film depicts the terrible poverty and hardship that plagued many people well into the 50's and beyond. Leonard and I sure agree on the importance of this film.
You need a hand up, we'll give you a hand out
- Jeff Boston
No one helps the Joads in this entire film except for the federal government. FICTION at its fakest.
An excellent movie in every sense of the word. Well acted, well directed. Wonderful cast. Moving and thought provoking. I would imagine some younger viewer who don't know about the Depression might find some of the details both puzzling and troubling. It is true that the novel is even more grim, but for its day this film was fairly rough stuff. It is a moving and memorable picture. Well worth the journey.
MY MOTHER WAS 'MA JOAD"
- TOM ENGELHARDT
MY MOTHER WAS BORN IN 1916 IN BRIDGEPORT ,CONNECTICUT. SHE LATER MIGRATED TO "THE BRONX", N.Y.,WAS MARRIED AND HAD THREE SONS. BY THE END OF WORLD WAR II , STILL LIVING IN VARIOUS TENEMENTS IN THE BRONX, WAS ABANDONED BY MY FATHER (WHO WOULD SUBSEQUENTLY BE FOUND DEAD IN THE STREETS OF MANHATTAN FROM ALCOHOLISM) BUT MY MOTHER WAS THE BACKBONE OF THE FAMILY. SHE HAD TO ASK FOR "HOME RELIEF" IN ORDER TO FEED US AND PAY THE RENT. SHE EVENTUALLY GOT OFF 'HOME RELIEF', STARTING AS A SECRETARY IN ST. BARNABUS HOSPITAL, AND EVENTUALLY BECOMING THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE HOSP. ALL THIS BECAUSE SHE HAD A WONDERFUL EDUCATION FROM ST. THOMAS AQUINAS HIGH SCHOOL, WHICH TAUGHT 'SHORT HAND' IN PITTMAN AND GREGG. IT IS 'MA' IN THE GRAPES OF WRATH THAT I CAN SO EASILY RELATE TO MY OWN MOTHER, NO MATTER HOW HARD THINGS WERE, 'MA' MADE THE FAMILY COME THROUGH.
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one of the best movies ever.it should be shown on the lg screen for the today's youth that have been living relatievely good life to understand out past might be coming future
In Government We Trust
- Jeff Boston
In "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940), the only place the Joad family and others catch a break from the harsh realities of life is at the camp run by the federal government. In fact, life is nearly ideal at the camp, in stark contrast to literally everywhere else the Joad family travels.The federal government and its employees are the only ones who care. This movie has inspired me to move into Section 8 housing.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Another powerful film is brought to life by John Ford and an ensemble cast. The film is about Oklahoma farmers who travel to find better lives in California. Henry Fonda is a standout in the cast, giving one of his best performances while Jane Darwell and John Carradine do the same. Ford does a great job directing this film. While the film may be a bit too long, the performances and direction make up for that.
Ford, Fonda, Darwell Masterpiece
- David Atkins
John Ford created a movie masterpiece in the film version of John Steinbeck's great novel "The Grapes of Wrath".Henry Fonda gives one of the cinema's great performances and was nominated for an Oscar. I feel he should have won but he lost to his best friend James Stewart in The Philadelphia Story.Jane Darwell is incomparable as Ma Joad and Ms. Darwell justly won the Oscar for her performance. The final scenes whereFonda says goodbye to Ms. Darwell is acting at its finest.Bravo to Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell and the rest of the ensemble cast and to the great John Ford.
- Bruce Reber
"The Grapes of Wrath", the film version of John Steinbeck's classic book show that the people hit the hardest by The Great Depression were America's farm families. They were forced off their land by the U.S. government and they had to take to the road in search of jobs as migrant workers, working for practically nothing and living in squalid conditions in work camps. Henry Fonda gives a solid, powerful performance as Tom Joad, an Oklahoma sharecropper who heads for California with his family when the government takes their land. They face many hardships along the way (practically no food, living in filthy migrant work camps and mistreatment from both the law and the people they work for.) Anyone who sees this film has to wonder how the things shown in "Grapes of Wrath" could happen here in America. When the Joads finally arrive at a work camp run by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, you see that at least some effort was being made during the Depression to help these people. I compare "Grapes of Wrath" to William Wellman's "Wild Boys of The Road" (1933), as both films show the effect of the Depression on the lower classes in America and their struggle to survive.
John Steinbeck and John Ford's best
- Vinny Castellano
The Grapes of Wrath is both a great novel and an excellent movie. John Ford did a terrific job transferring the lengthy novel to the screen. The story of the Joad family is both heartrending and heartlifting. There are so many poignant scenes and memorable lines in the novel, and the actors deliver them with genuine emotion. One of the most touching scenes in any movie is when Tom Joad dances with his mother. Henry Fonda and Jane Darwell are sublime. Lastly, Fonda's speech at the end was worth an academy award. Read the book and watch the movie. It helped me count my blessings.
A film that needed to be made...
- Steve S.
from a book that needed to be written about a story that needed to be told!A powerful movie from the like's of Ford, Zanuck, Nunnally Johnson et al.The film is beyond a classic - it is timeless because character's such as Tom & Ma Joad make it so.This is a must see for ALL generation's.
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- Jay Higgins
One of the greatest films to come out of Hollywood. Director John Ford does an amazing job bringing the classic story to the screen. I feel it's his greatest movie. Henry Fonda gives his best performance ever, Jane Darwell deservedly won an Oscar for her brilliant portrayal. Poignant, moving with great cinematography. Absolutely an amazing classic.
This movie will stay with you forever!
This film is absolutely riveting! There are so many memorable scenes; Ma before the mirror looking at herself and realizing that her youth is gone, Henry Fonda's narrations on the realities of life, all the difficulties and pain that happen in this life, and the scene in the beginning with John Carradine playing the half crazy ex-preacher talking while the wind is howling in the background! This is one of my all time favorite films!
This movie had an awesome cast and excellent story line. It is a good showing of the rough times that some went through in those days.
Well acted film of the great John Steinbeck novel
The acting in this movie is terrific, especially the role of Ma. The movie captures the theme of the novel with feeling and sensitivity. It would take six or more hours to portray all the parts of this book, and I feel the director did a good job working within the time restrictions that are part of the reality of films. I believe this film will touch the heart of anyone who sees it. After you see the movie, read the book and fully experience a great American novel.
Not a very good movie
The movie skips out on a lot of parts and is really a disgrace to a great novel .. I don't suggest watching it ...