Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

#21 (1998) and #23 (2007) on the AFI Top 100 Movies Lists
The Grapes of Wrath is a 1940 drama film directed by John Ford. It was based on John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. The screenplay was written by Nunnally Johnson and the executive producer was Darryl F. Zanuck.

The film tells the story of the Joads, an Oklahoma family, who, after losing their farm during the Great Depression in the 1930s, become migrant workers and end up in California. The motion picture details their arduous journey across the United States as they travel to California in search of work and opportunities for the family members.

In 1989, this film was one of the first 25 films to be selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

* Henry Fonda as Tom Joad
* Russell Simpson as Pa Joad
* Jane Darwell as Ma Joad
* John Carradine as Jim Casy, former preacher
* Charley Grapewin as Grandpa William James Joad
* Zeffie Tilbury as Grandma Joad
* Frank Darien as Uncle John Joad
* Dorris Bowdon as Rose-of-Sharon "Rosasharn" Rivers
* O.Z. Whitehead as Al Joad
* Frank Sully as Noah Joad
* Darryl Hickman as Winfield Joad
* Shirley Mills as Ruthie Joad
* Eddie Quillan as Connie Rivers, husband of Rosasharn
* John Qualen as Muley Graves, neighbor in Oklahoma
* Roger Imhof as Mr. Thomas, ditch employer
* Grant Mitchell as Manager of government camp
* Charles D. Brown as Wilkie, boy lookout at dance
* John Arledge as Davis, bulldozer driver
* Ward Bond as Friendly Policeman, Bakersfield
* Eddie Waller as Proprietor

* Henry Fonda - "Red River Valley"
* Eddie Quillan - "Going Down the Road Feeling Bad" (Traditional)
* "A Tisket, A Tasket" (Words & music by Ella Fitzgerald & Van Alexander)

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