The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Critic Consensus: A potent drama that is as socially important today as when it was made, The Grapes of Wrath is affecting, moving, and deservedly considered an American classic.
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as Tom Joad
as Ma Joad
as Grandpa Joad
as Pa Joad
as Muley Graves
as Connie Rivers
as Connie Rivers
as Grandma Joad
as Uncle John
as Winfield Joad
as Ruth Joad
as Tim Wallace
as Muley's Son
as Motor Cop
as Gang Leader
as Gas Station Attendant
as State Policeman
as Arkansas Storekeeper
as Fred the Truck Driver
as Woman in Camp
as Man in Camp
as New Mexico Border Guard
as Deputy Driver
as Hungry Girl
as Boy Who Ate
as Floyd's Wife
as (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
as Girl in Migrant Camp
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Critic Reviews for The Grapes of Wrath
Movies will probably go on improving and broadening themselves; but in any event, The Grapes of Wrath is the most mature picture story that has ever been made, in feeling, in purpose, and in the use of the medium.
Ford's admirers have rightly tended to play this down in favor of his later and more personal westerns, but there's much to admire here in Gregg Toland's sun-beaten photography and Henry Fonda's meticulous performance.
The Grapes of Wrath is possibly the best picture ever made from a so-so book.
It is an absorbing, tense melodrama, starkly realistic, and loaded with social and political fireworks.
Captures the stark plainness of the migrants, stripped to a few possessions, left with innumerable relations and little hope.
Audience Reviews for The Grapes of Wrath
Ford and Johnson were able to transpose Steinbeck's masterpiece into a splendid film that preserves the book's essence (even with a different, upbeat ending) without infringing the infamous rules of the Hays Code, yet it also feels a bit rushed and lacking in sufficient information (e.g., Noah vanishing without explanation).
It can be a bit slow and some scenes are unnecessary, but this is usually the case with all films this old. On the other hand, it's well made and at times very powerful. I especially love the end when Tom Joad makes an important decision with his life. Some scenes are suspenseful (well, 1940s suspenseful) and the characters are interesting for the most part. Probably John Ford's best film.
An amazing film. Just as relevant today.
The Grapes of Wrath Quotes
|Tom Joad:||'ll be all around in the dark - I'll be everywhere. Wherever you can look - wherever there's a fight, so hungry people can eat, I'll be there.|
|Tom Joad:||I'll be all around in the dark... I'll be everywhere. Wherever you can look... wherever there's a fight, so hungry people can eat, I'll be there.|
|Ma Joad:||Rich fellas come up an' they die, an' their kids ain't no good an' they die out. But we keep a'comin'. We're the people that live. They can't wipe us out; they can't lick us. We'll go on forever, Pa, 'cause we're the people.|
|Tom Joad:||Wherever there's a fight so hungry people can eat, I'll be there.|