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The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

aka The Grapes of Wrath

"The most discussed book in years - now comes to the screen to become the most discussed picture in ages"

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Details: 129 mins · English


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A True Classic

A great movie that I could watch again and again. It's true cinematic artistry, and an example of how books should be translated to movies.

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Small Tom Joad
Small Ma Joad
Small Casy
Small Grandpa Joad
No_movie_poster Rose-of-Sharon Rivers
No_movie_poster Pa Joad
No_movie_poster Al Joad
Small Muley Graves
Small Connie Rivers
Small Grandma Joad
No_movie_poster Noah Joad
No_movie_poster Uncle John
No_movie_poster Winfield
No_movie_poster Ruth Joad
No_movie_poster Thomas
No_movie_poster Caretaker
Small Wilkie
No_movie_poster Davis
Small Policeman
No_movie_poster Bert
No_movie_poster Bill
No_movie_poster Joe
Small Inspection Officer (as Selmar Jackson)
Small Leader
Small Proprietor (as Eddie Waller)
Small Floyd
No_movie_poster Frank
No_movie_poster City Man
Small Bookkeeper (as Joseph Sawyer)
Small Tim
No_movie_poster Agent
No_movie_poster Muley's Son
No_movie_poster Spencer
Small Driver
No_movie_poster Mae
No_movie_poster Rosasharn


Small John Steinbeck Author
Small John Ford Director
No_movie_poster Nunnally Johnson Screenplay
Small Darryl F. Zanuck Producer
No_movie_poster Alfred Newman Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Gregg Toland Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Robert L. Simpson Editor
No_movie_poster Richard Day Art Direction
No_movie_poster Mark-Lee Kirk Art Direction
No_movie_poster Thomas Little Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Gwen Wakeling Costume Design
No_movie_poster Roger Heman Sr. Sound Designer
No_movie_poster George Leverett Sound Designer
No_movie_poster Edmund H. Hansen Sound Designer
Small Robert Parrish Sound Effects Editor
Small John Steinbeck Story Contributor


"The most discussed book in years - now comes to the screen to become the most discussed picture in ages"

"The Joads step right out of the pages of the novel that has shocked millions!"

"The thousands who have read the book will know why WE WILL NOT SELL ANY CHILDREN TICKETS to see this picture!"


The film opens with Tom Joad (Henry Fonda), released from prison and hitchhiking his way back to his parents' family farm in Oklahoma. Tom finds an itinerant ex-preacher named Jim Casy (John Carradine) sitting under a tree by the side of the road. Casy was the preacher who baptized Tom, but now Casy has "lost the spirit" and his faith (presaging his imminent conversion to communism). Casy goes with Tom to the Joad property only to find it deserted. There, they meet Muley (John Qualen) who is hiding out. In a flashback, he describes how farmers all over the area were forced from their farms by the deed holders of the land. A local boy (Irving Bacon), hired for the purpose, is shown knocking down Muley's house with a Caterpillar tractor. Following this, Tom and Casy move on to find the Joad family at Tom's Uncle John's place. His family is happy to see Tom and explain they have made plans to head for California in search of employment, as their farm has been foreclosed on by the bank. The large Joad family of twelve leaves at daybreak, along with Casy who decides to acccompany them. They pack everything into a dilapidated 1926 Hudson "Super Six" sedan adapted to serve as a truck in order to make the long journey to the promised land of California.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1940-03-15 : United States of America

DVD : 2004-04-06