The Grapes Of Wrath


(out of 5)

One of John Ford’s best films is this dramatic and thoroughly satisfying story about a Depression-era family headed up by , who have left the poverty of Oklahoma in search of work.  Going from town to town, the family ends up working in even worse conditions than what came before, in an orange grove field in California, where they must stay until they can gather their resources well enough to escape. Fonda has never been better, and he is matched by a fierce supporting performance by  as his tough mother. Ford’s direction emphasizes the triumph over tragedy in every sequence of the film instead of wallowing in the depressing elements of the story, which is probably why it’s the very best adaptation ever of a John Steinbeck novel.

USA, 1940

Directed by John Ford

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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Academy Awards
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jane Darwell as “Ma Joad”)
Best Directing (John Ford)

Best Actor (Henry Fonda as “Tom Joad”)
Best Film Editing (Robert Simpson)
Outstanding Production (20th Century-Fox)
Best Sound Recording (20th Century-Fox Studio Sound Department, E.H. Hansen, sound director)
Best Writing (Screenplay) (Nunnally Johnson)

New York Film Critics Awards
Best Film
Best Director (John Ford)

National Board Of Review Award
Best Film



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