The Grapes of Wrath

Released March 1940

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128 Mins

Synopsis

This remarkable film version of Steinbeck's novel was nominated for seven Academy Awards®, including for Best Picture, Actor (Henry Fonda), Film Editing, Sound and Writing. John Ford won the Best Director Oscar® and actress Jane Darwell won Best Actress for her portrayal of Ma Joad, the matriarch of the struggling migrant farmer family. Following a prison term he served for manslaughter, Tom Joad returns to find his family homestead overwhelmed by weather and the greed of the banking industry. With little work potential on the horizon of the Oklahoma dust bowls, the entire family packs up and heads for the promised land - California. But the arduous trip and harsh living conditions they encounter offer little hope, and family unity proves as daunting a challenge as any other they face.

Genres

Drama

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Director

John Ford

Producers

Darryl F. Zanuck, Nunnally Johnson

Writer

Nunnally Johnson

Actors

Henry Fonda (Tom Joad), Jane Darwell (Ma Joad), John Carradine (Jim Casey), Charles Grapewin (Grandpa Joad), Doris Bowden (Rosasharn), Russell Simpson (Pa Joad), O.Z. Whitehead (Al Joad)

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