The Grapes of Wrath Overview:

The Grapes of Wrath (1940) was a Drama - Black-and-white Film directed by John Ford and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and Nunnally Johnson.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by John Steinbeck published in 1939.

SYNOPSIS

Ford directs what many consider to be Fonda's greatest role. Based on Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1939 novel, the story follows an Oklahoma family's escape from the Dustbowl to join the migration to California's fruit harvest. Fonda shines as Tom Joad, a poor farmer who refuses to be beaten down by misfortune and oppression, and Darwell is moving as the loving backbone of the Joad family. An unusually compassionate and socially conscious film, it's like a series of Dorothea Lange photos from the Depression, full of suffering and dignity.

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The Grapes of Wrath was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1989.

Academy Awards 1940 --- Ceremony Number 13 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorHenry FondaNominated
Best Supporting ActressJane DarwellWon
Best DirectorJohn FordWon
Best Film EditingRobert SimpsonNominated
Best Picture20th Century-FoxNominated
Best WritingNunnally JohnsonNominated
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BlogHub Articles:

The Grapes of Wrath (1940) – Updated

By 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 7, 2015 From 4 Star Films

The Grapes of Wrath is in special company with a number of literary adaptations where film and source material are both so highly regarded and cultural significant. A few other names spring to mind such as Gone with the Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire, and To Kill a Mockingbird. However, even more so... Read full article


Review: The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 7, 2015 From 4 Star Films

The Grapes of Wrath is in special company with a number of literary adaptations where film and source material are both so highly regarded and cultural significant. A few other names spring to mind such as Gone with the Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire, and To Kill a Mockingbird. However, even more so... Read full article


Review: The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 7, 2015 From 4 Star Films

The Grapes of Wrath is in special company with a number of literary adaptations where film and source material are both so highly regarded and culturally significant. A few other names spring to mind such as Gone with the Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire, and To Kill a Mockingbird. However, even more ... Read full article


The Joad's Journey in The Grapes of Wrath

By Amanda Garrett on Oct 19, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm writing about the Joad's journey from Oklahoma to California in The Grapes of Wrath (1940). This production still shows Dorris Bowdon (left), Jane Darwell, and Henry Fonda packed into the front seat of the family's Hudson Super Six Sedan. This article is part of the Classic Movie Blog ... Read full article


The Grapes of Wrath (1940, John Ford)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 26, 2015 From The Stop Button

The Grapes of Wrath starts in a darkened neverland. Director Ford and cinematographer Gregg Toland create a realer than real Oklahoma for protagonist Henry Fonda to journey across. The locations and sets aren’t as important as how Fonda (and the audience) experience it. It’s actually rat... Read full article


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Quotes from

Ma Joad: There, gramma! There's California.
Grandma Joad: Phbbtt!


Casy: Maybe there ain't no sin and there ain't no virtue, they's just what people does. Some things folks do is nice and some ain't so nice, and that's all any man's got a right to say.


Grandpa Joad: I smell spare ribs. Somebody's been eatin' spare ribs. How come I ain't got none?


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Facts about

Banks and the large farming corporations that controlled most California farms were not keen on the original novel (it was banned in some states and in several counties in California, and the book was not carried in the municipal library of author John Steinbeck's home town of Salinas, California, until the 1990s) and were even less thrilled that a film was being made of it. The Associated Farmers of California called for a boycott of all 20th Century-Fox films, and Steinbeck himself received death threats.
2007: The American Film Institute ranked this as the #23 Greatest Movie of All Time.
While filming the Joads' car traveling down the highway, John Ford wanted to add a shot showing the large number of caravans heading west, so the film's business manager stopped actual cars making the trek and paid the drivers five dollars to escort the Joads' jalopy for the cameras.
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The Grapes of Wrath

Released 1940
Inducted 1989
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