Grapes Of Wrath

Fonda, Henry

SKU: 024543773160

UPC 024543773160
Release Date 2012-06-05
Studio 20th Century Fox
Discs 1
Length 129
Format B&W
MPAA Rating Not Rated
Synopsis John Ford's memorable screen version of John Steinbeck's epic novel of the Great Depression--often regarded as the director's best film--stars Henry Fonda as Tom Joad. After having served a brief prison sentence for manslaughter, Joad arrives at his family's Oklahoma farm only to find it abandoned. Muley (John Qualen), a neighbor now nearly mad with grief, tells Tom of the drought that has transformed the farmland of Oklahoma into a desert and of the preying land agents who have plowed under the shacks of the sharecroppers. Joined by former hellfire preacher Casy (John Carradine), Tom finds his extended family, including Pa (Charles Grapewin) and his indomitable Ma (Jane Darwell), packing their ramshackle truck to seek work in the fields of California. As the family treks across the country, their dissolution begins with the deaths of Tom's grandparents at close intervals. When they arrive in California, the Joads find only an abundance of poverty-stricken migrants like themselves and little in the way of potential work. Yet, ever resilient, they maintain their dignity, hoping for the best. Among the talented cast, Fonda does perhaps the best work of his career, as does Qualen in the film's most haunting sequence. Director of photography Gregg Toland captures the suffering and the weathered, luminous nobility of the Joads and the other uprooted, drifting families, creating striking images equal to the best work of Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans. In a stirring film that stands as a microcosm of the depression experience of millions, Ford gives poverty a human face in a way that was rare then and even rarer in the decades to follow as Hollywood films with a sense of class consciousness dwindled like a species nearing extinction.THE GRAPES OF WRATH was an original selection to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1989.Based on John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1939 novel, the story follows an Oklahoma family's escape from the dust bowl to join the migration to California's fruit harvest.It's gorgeous, jaw-dropping work, rivaling Toland's deep-focus artistry in CITIZEN KANE.As son Tom Joad, Henry Fonda gave the screen performance of his career.[T]he director's most artistic work...Ranked #17 in Uncut's Best DVDs Of 2005 -- One of Ford's most beautiful films, and Fonda's performance is an essay in layered minimalism...The message is boldly displayed....The movie was based on John Steinbecks' novel arguably the most effective social document of the 1930s...
Cast Nunnally Johnson (Producer)
Nunnally Johnson (Screenwriter)
Russell Simpson (Star)
John Qualen (Star)
Henry Fonda (Star)
Jane Darwell (Star)
Eddie Quillan (Star)
Darryl F. Zanuck (Producer)
Mark-Lee Kirk (Production Designer)
Doris Bowden (Star)
Charley Grapewin (Star)
Alfred Newman (Music Director)
O.Z. Whitehead (Star)
John Ford (Director)
John Steinbeck (Source Writer)
Thomas Little (Set Designer)
Richard Day (Art Director)
Robert Simpson (Editor)
Gwen Wakeling (Costume Designer)
Gregg Toland (Director of Photography)
John Carradine (Star)
Zeffie Tilbury (Star)
Grant Mitchell (Star)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Note: Commentary by Joseph McBride (film scholar) and Susan Shillinglaw (John Steinbeck Scholar) 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 Dual Layer Full Frame - 1.33 Audio: DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Spanish Subtitles - French, Spanish
Language English
Weight 0.15000
Height 0.40000
Width 5.30000
Depth 6.75000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Drama
Attribute Additional Footage,Audio Described Content,Director Cast Commentary,SensorMatic,Standard Screen
Product Code Movie

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