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The Grapes of Wrath (Bilingual)

Henry Fonda , Jane Darwell , John Ford    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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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.

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Ranking No. 21 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 greatest American films, this 1940 classic is a bit dated in its noble sentimentality, but it remains a luminous example of Hollywood classicism from the peerless director of mythic Americana, John Ford. Adapted by Nunnally Johnson from John Steinbeck's classic novel, the film tells a simple story about Oklahoma farmers leaving the depression-era dustbowl for the promised land of California, but it's the story's emotional resonance and theme of human perseverance that makes the movie so richly and timelessly rewarding. It's all about the humble Joad family's cross-country trek to escape the economic devastation of their ruined farmland, beginning when Tom Joad (Henry Fonda) returns from a four-year prison term to discover that his family home is empty. He's reunited with his family just as they're setting out for the westbound journey, and thus begins an odyssey of saddening losses and strengthening hopes. As Ma Joad, Oscar-winner Jane Darwell is the embodiment of one of America's greatest social tragedies and the "Okie" spirit of pressing forward against all odds (as she says, "because we're the people"). A documentary-styled production for which Ford and cinematographer Gregg Toland demanded painstaking authenticity, The Grapes of Wrath is much more than a classy, old-fashioned history lesson. With dialogue and scenes that rank among the most moving and memorable ever filmed, it's a classic among classics--simply put, one of the finest films ever made. --Jeff Shannon

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I'll be all aroun' in the dark." July 19 2004
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"Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; He hath loos'd the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword, His truth is marching on." - Battle Hymn of the Republic.
In 1936, John Steinbeck wrote a series of articles about the migrant workers driven to California from the Midwestern states after losing their homes in the throes of the depression: inclement weather, failed crops, land mortgaged to the hilt and finally taken over by banks and large corporations when credit lines ran dry. Lured by promises of work aplenty, the Midwesterners packed their belongings and trekked westward to the Golden State, only to find themselves facing hunger, inhumane conditions, contempt and exploitation instead. "Dignity is all gone, and spirit has turned to sullen anger before it dies," Steinbeck described the result in one of his 1936 articles, collectively published as "The Harvest Gypsies;" and in another piece ("Starvation Under the Orange Trees," 1938) he asked: "Must the hunger become anger and the anger fury before anything will be done?"
By the time he wrote the latter article, Steinbeck had already published one novel addressing the agricultural laborers' struggle against corporate power ("In Dubious Battle," 1936). Shortly thereafter he began to work on "The Grapes of Wrath," which was published roughly a year later.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Grapes--and Apples and Oranges--of Wrath July 9 2004
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It's striking how many reviewers here base their comments on a simplisitic comparison between the film version of "The Grapes of Wrath" and the Steinbeck novel on which it was based. For many such a comparison seems to function simply as an excuse to proclaim the inherent superiority of the Steinbeck original--and, by extension, the superiority of their own literary taste values-- when all it really does is highlight the patent silliness of trying to pit different artforms into some sort of evaluative competition. Literature and cinema are two vastly different modes of representation each with their own strengths and limitations, so the framing question shouldn't be which version of "The Grapes of Wrath" is "better"--as if there were a universal yardstick with which to measure such things--but rather how do they perform in terms of their respective mediums? On that count, I think we are extraordinarily fortunate with both the Steinbeck and Ford versions of "The Grapes of Wrath" to have two masterworks that operate consummately at the peak of their respective artforms. What each does well, it does brilliantly. As a verbal medium that unfolds slowly, literature is good at offering rich, layered descriptions of person and place and mapping complicated narrative links and Steinbeck makes the most of this in his novel. Cinema, by contrast, is an expressive medium that works best through registers of visual and aural metaphor, allegory and performance...and it's on this ground that I think the film version of "The Grapes of Wrath" more than merits its classic status. Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good a restoration as possible June 29 2004
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This DVD restoration is probably as good as possible given that the original camera negative was lost. This is the one to get.
By the way, there is NO widescreen version of "The Grapes of Wrath." This DVD release exhibits the full frame aspect ratio of the original (1.33 to 1 ratio). Essentially, films made between 1917 and 1952 were filmed with a full frame aspect ratio. Standard televisions were proportioned 4:3 to copy the standard cinema ratio. Widescreen (Cinemascope, etc) was a gimmick introduced by Hollywood in the 1950s to compete with television. So if a film was made between 1917 and 1952 don't go looking for a widescreen version of it because there isn't any!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ford and Fonda do justice to Steinbeck July 6 2004
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Take John Steinbeck's Pulitzer-Prize-Winning Novel. Turn it into a movie and let John Ford direct it, and get Henry Fonda to star. In 1940 you could hardly find a more certain recipe for a cinema classic.
As good as the film is, it really should be a companion-piece to Steinbeck's original masterpiece, and if you haven't read it I recommend setting aside enough time to read one of the greatest pieces of American literature ever written.
That being said, the medium of the cinema allows for a visual impact that can't be matched with the written word.
The Grapes of Wrath follows the Joad family during the great depression. That period of economic hardship hit the farmers in Oklahoma a little harder than the rest of the world, at the time of the dust bowl the "Okies" were at the end of their ropes, financially speaking.
Thousands of Okies packed up the house after being foreclosed and moved out to California - many winding up around Bakersfield, at the California end of old US Route 66. (Merle Haggard's family did so and the "Okie from Muscogee" wrote about it in songs like "California Cottonfields".)
Anyway, this is the historical context of the movie. The theme of the movie, and of Steinbeck's book, is the ability of the human spirit to remain intact in these worst of times. The Joads suffer terrible humiliations, one after another, most of them because of their desperate financial status. But as the story proceeds we see that they are fundamentally decent, hard-working people, and every time life knocks them down they get back up, brush the dirt off themselves, and keep moving forward.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Movie
Good Acting.
Well Directed.
Nice to watch B&W for a change.
Tough times back then, thankful for what we have.
Published 6 months ago by Victor VanHerk
1.0 out of 5 stars YUK
Definitely not one of Henry Fonda's better movies. The script left a lot to be desired. I guess back in the day this type of movie was popular. Read more
Published 7 months ago by kelly
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious
Slow moving adaptation of the most boring book ever written. What were they thinking? So much drawling and chin scratching and looking into the distance whilst drawling on about... Read more
Published 14 months ago by eeyoore
5.0 out of 5 stars Grapes of Wrath
It's a classic. I read the book years ago and although the movie only uses a part of the book, it is still a masterpiece. The book is an all-time classic.
Published 14 months ago by Richard
3.0 out of 5 stars the grapes of wrath
forgot it was such an old movie that it was in black and white. still a good one though. love henry fonda. great story, for the depression time
Published 19 months ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see movie
When one thinks of Classic movies, this must be on the top 10 list.
This movie ranks in the top of all great movie classics but it doesn't seem to get the attention that it... Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2010 by peanuts
4.0 out of 5 stars Four for the film and a big fat zero for Fox Studios
Why is this film in the pan and scan (formatted to fit your t.v)format?
This is a CLASSIC film and the LEAST that should have been offered was a both widescreen and full... Read more
Published on June 24 2004 by Tigerdag
4.0 out of 5 stars It was not as good as the book
I read The Grapes of Wrath, and I loved the book. The book was so decriptive and was able to emotionally involve the reader in the story. The movie, however, was not as good. Read more
Published on June 12 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby Boomers!!!!!
We were told about this, from our Grandparents & Parents. This is a VERY GOOD MOVIE to watch ,especially with the young generation. Read more
Published on May 24 2004 by Elaine
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