The Grapes of Wrath
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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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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."
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."
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?"
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..."
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)
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."
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..."
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?"
Tom Joad: "Seems like the government's got more interest in a dead man than a live one."
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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