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The Grapes Of Wrath [DVD] 
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John Ford's adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic novel follows the traumatic journey made by the Joads, a dispossesed Oklahoma family who head towards California to begin a new life. When Tom Joad (Henry Fonda) returns home after being released from prison, he discovers the farmlands have been destroyed by dust storms. Seeking a better future, he leaves with his mother (Jane Darwell) and the rest of the family for California. Their journey is far from easy, however, and there is no guarantee the 'promised land' will provide the life they are hoping for.
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In 1936, John Steinbeck wrote a series of articles about the migrant workers driven to California from the Midwestern states after losing their homes in the throes of the depression: inclement weather, failed crops, land mortgaged to the hilt and finally taken over by banks and large corporations when credit lines ran dry. Lured by promises of work aplenty, the Midwesterners packed their belongings and trekked westward to the Golden State, only to find themselves facing hunger, inhumane conditions, contempt and exploitation instead. "Dignity is all gone, and spirit has turned to sullen anger before it dies," Steinbeck described the result in one of his 1936 articles, collectively published as "The Harvest Gypsies;" and in another piece ("Starvation Under the Orange Trees," 1938) he asked: "Must the hunger become anger and the anger fury before anything will be done?"
By the time he wrote the latter article, Steinbeck had already published one novel addressing the agricultural laborers' struggle against corporate power ("In Dubious Battle," 1936). Shortly thereafter he began to work on "The Grapes of Wrath," which was published roughly a year later.Read more ›
The novel is absolutely stonking, and it was after reading it that I wanted to see the film, to get some visual images based on fact rather than my imagination. In that regard I was not disappointed. I think the film captures the atmosphere very well, and I was repeatedly amazed by how what I saw on screen mapped onto what I had imagined: the landscape, the laden car, the hunger.. But what I really wanted to see was how a film maker would handle the absolutely desolate ending to the book. Answer: it was not handled at all. The film ends on an optimistic note about how all good Americans can make it through adversity, and we'll all pull together, blah blah--which is expressly not how the novel ends. I won't spoil the ending by saying too much, only that it's shocking and challenging (and you won't guess it). Read the book and you'll see what I mean. So although I give it 4 stars for what it *does* do, the film was a disappointment in the end and definitely should not be a substitute for the book. (If you don't like reading long books, get it on unabridged audio, and let someone read it to you while you drive to work).
Audio: English Mono DTS-HD Master Audio; Subtitles: English for the hearing impaired
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Available audio tracks:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono
German: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
Italian: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
Catalan: Dolby Digital Mono
Region: All Region
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Just watched this film: it starts well, continues well but ends with a wimp-out, Ma making some "they can't lick us" type of speech after all the beating they took... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Sam Edwards
Everyone who knows film history, knows the tale of Tom Joad, played with unusual low key presence from the excellent Henry Fonda. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I am a big John Steinbeck fan and having re-read the book decided to watch the film. There are huge chunks of dialogue taken from the book but the plot has been amended for the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Raymond W Bailey
An outstanding movie adaptation of the great novel by John Steinbeck now offered on Blu Ray format. To the purist, possibly it doesn't follow the book 100%, but still a Great Movie... Read morePublished 3 months ago by AMX
If you like a great story about people, then you will love this film, It shows us how people were treated by big business and how the small man fought backPublished 4 months ago by John P.