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The Grapes of Wrath

(Blu-ray Disc - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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A poor Midwest family is forced off of their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.
Title: The grapes of wrath
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Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2012]
Edition: Full screen ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (129 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Twentieth Century Fox presents ; [produced by] Darryl F. Zanuck ; associate producer and screenplay by Nunnally Johnson ; directed by John Ford
Notes: Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Special features: commentary by Joseph McBride and Susan Shillinglaw ; Fox Movie Channel presents Fox legacy with Tom Rothman ; Darryl F. Zanuck: 20th century filmmaker as seen on Biography on the A&E Network ; Fox movietone news ; theatrical trailer
Originally released as a motion picture in 1940
Based on the novel by John Steinbeck
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Summary: A poor Midwest family is forced off of their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.
Branch Call Number: BLU Drama GRAPES
Playtime: 020900
Performers: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell.
System Details: Blu-ray, region A, full frame 1.33:1; 50GB dual layer; English and French mono DTS-HD master audio, Spanish mono; requires Blu-ray player
Other Language: English, Spanish or French dialogue; Spanish or French subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Subject Headings: Migrant agricultural laborers California Drama Depressions 1929 United States Drama
Genre/Form: Blu-ray discs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Fiction films
Feature films
Topical Term: Migrant agricultural laborers
Depressions
Publisher No: 2277317 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
2277316 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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John Steinbeck captures the Great Depression in California. Henry Fonda stars in this Oscar winning adaptation for screen.


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Jun 30, 2014
  • Zhanna8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Most excellent work portraying the important period in American History... please watch it and share with your family! It is a truly a masterpiece in many different ways

Jun 13, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Grapes of Wrath is such a moving story. This may be considered Henry Fonda's most famous role. We haven't had the dust storms the story recounts recently, but it caused mass displacement of families. The Grapes of Wrath will be shown as a part of our history for years to come. It is truly a masterpiece!!

I loved it! Well done! Good acting! Good for all ages! Good story!

Jan 16, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

As some have pointed out it's ironic that two well known political conservatives (director John Ford and producer Daryl Zanuck) were responsible for one of the great populist/pro-labor films of the 20th century. I guess art overcomes politics. This is a thoughtful, moving and gritty adaptation that in some ways improves on the novel, mainly because it drops Steinbeck's preachy, didactic tone. Henry Fonda is perfect in the lead and there are memorable performances from the supporting cast, including John Carradine as the former preacher. Special note should be made of the cinematography of Greg Toland, who a year later would shoot "Citizen Kane." Welles clearly took some of the dramatic lighting, deep shadows and striking angles from Ford. Winner of two Oscars.

This is formatted for UK, Europe use (Region 2) and may not play for you. OPL needs to be much more careful about this.

Jan 02, 2013
  • sdelao rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful film with the inimitable Henry Fonda. From John Steinbeck's brilliant novel. John Ford did a fantastic job directing...as did the cinematographer....some of the shots are outstanding. 5 stars...6 if there were such a thing!

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A bleak, heartwrenching tale, based on the Steinbeck novel, directed by legendary director John Ford. The migrant farmers escaping the Oklahoma dustbowl, (and foreclosure), during The Great Depression were effectively treated as slave labor. Prior to filming, producer Darryl F. Zanuck sent undercover investigators out to the migrant camps to see if John Steinbeck had been exaggerating about the squalor and unfair treatment meted out there. He was horrified to discover that, if anything, Steinbeck had actually downplayed what went on in the camps. Henry Fonda, John Carradine, (man, he was spooky, even back then), and the entire cast were phenomenal. A timeless film of the resiliency of the human spirit in the face of incomprehensible hardship. FIVE STARS.

Dec 29, 2011
  • kwarah rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

FILMS ARE ONLY, AS GOOD AS THE STORY.

Here's EXCEPTIONALLY REAL-LIFE FILM, very bitter-truth & inescapable reality of migration of many American families, uprooted & driven out from generations of farming by CORPORATE INDUSTRY, to ONLY end up penniless, paying very heavy price & seeking to start farming in California, all over gain.

Feb 06, 2011
  • mackiecat rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Henry Fonda is convincing as a poor, downtrodden worker. It's important to recognize that at around the time he was making this film, he was married to one of the wealthiest women in the country. Jane Fonda (his daughter) commented in her autobiography that in the 60's she was surprised that Henry didn't support the liberal social issues of the day - after all, he was Tom Joad. He merely remarked to her that Grapes of Wrath was a movie, and she shouldn't take it too seriously.

Feb 05, 2011
  • blessedOne rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is what storytelling and film-making is and what it looks like.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gasoline Attendant: "You and me got sense. Them Okies got no sense and no feeling. They ain't human. Human being wouldn't live the way they do. Human being couldn't stand to be so miserable."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ma Joad (on prison): "...Did they hurt ya son? Did they hurt ya, and make ya mean mad? Tom Joad: "Mad, Ma?" Ma Joad: "Sometimes they do..." Tom Joad: "No, I was at first, but not no more." Ma Joad: "Sometimes they do somethin' to ya. They hurt ya, and ya get mad, and then ya get mean. Then they hurt ya again, and ya get meaner and meaner... 'Til ya ain't no boy nor man anymore, just a walkin' chunk o' mean mad... They hurt ya that way, son?"

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Grandpa Joad: "Wait 'til I get to Californee, I'm gonna reach up and - pick me an orange, whenever I want it! Or some grapes, na-na-na now now there's somethin' I ain't never had enough of... I'm gonna get me a whole big bunch 'o grapes - up in a bush, and I'm gonna, SQUASH 'EM ALL OVER MY FACE, and let the... juice drain down... all to my chin..." Grandma Joad: "Praise the Lord!" Grandpa Joad: "M-m-m maybe I'll get me a - whole washtub full 'o grapes, and just... SIT IN 'EM AND SCROUNGE IN 'EM... until they're all gone... hee hee hee... I sure would like that... yessir... I sure would like that..."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Muley Graves: "I'm right here to tell you, mister, there ain't NOBODY gonna push me off my land! My Grandpa... took up this land 70 years ago! My Pa was born here! We was all born on it! And some of of us... was KILLED on it! (man drives away) ...And some of us... died on it... That's what make it our'n! ...Bein' born on it! ...AND WORKIN' ON IT!! ...And - and dyin'... DYIN' on it! And not no piece of paper... with the writin' on it!" (weeps)

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Man in convertible: "Now don't go to blamin' me - it ain't my fault!" Muley' son: "Whose fault is it?" Man: "You know who owns the land - the Shawnee Land and Cattle Company." Muley: "And who's the Shawnee Land and Cattle Company?" Man: "It ain't nobody! It's a company." Son: "They got a president, ain't they? They got somebody knows what a SHOTGUN'S FOR, ain't they?" Man: "Aw, son, it ain't his fault, because the bank tells him what to do!" Son: "Alright, where's the bank?" Man: "Tulsa. What's the use of pickin' on him - he ain't nothin' but the manager. And he's half crazy hisself tryin' to keep up with his orders from the East." Muley: "Then who do we shoot?" Man: "Brother, I don't know. If I did, I'd tell ya. I just don't know who's to blame."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Casy: "...Maybe there ain't no sin, there ain't no virtue... It'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..."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Man in convertible: "The fact of the matter, Muley, after what them dusters done to the land, the tenant system don't work no more. They don't even break even - much less show a profit. Why, one man and a tractor can handle 12 or 14 of these places. You just pay him a wage, and take all the crop." Muley Graves: "Yeah, but uh... we couldn't do on any less than what our share is now! Well, the children ain't gettin' enough to eat as it is! And they're so ragged... we'd be ashamed if everybody else's children wasn't the same way!" Man: "I can't help that - all I know is I got my orders. They told me to tell you to get off and that's what I'm tellin' ya." Muley: "You mean get off my own land?"

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tom Joad: "Seems like the government's got more interest in a dead man than a live one."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Casy: "I wouldn't pray just for an old man that's dead, 'cause he's alright. If I was to pray, I'd pray for folks that's alive and don't know which way to turn."

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