The Grapes of Wrath
First screened in Winter 1994 / Most recently screened in October 2007
Director: John Ford. Cast: Henry Fonda, John Carradine, Jane Darwell, Russell Simpson, Dorris Bowdon, Charley Grapewin, Zeffie Tilbury, Eddie Quillen, O.Z. Whitehead, John Qualen, Frank Darien, Frank Sully, Darryl Hickman, Shirley Mills, Roger Imhof, Charles D. Brown, John Arledge, Ward Bond. Screenplay: Nunnally Johnson (based on the novel by John Steinbeck).

Twitter Capsule: Another of John Ford's lively US cross sections, scoured by chill winds and dust clouds. Unforgettably lensed.

VOR:   Influential beyond calculation. Still a high point in Hollywood cinema rallying behind poor folks' causes and socialist ideologies. As rare aesthetically as it is politically.

Photo © 1940 20th Century Fox

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A–

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Director: John Ford
Best Actor: Henry Fonda
Best Supporting Actress: Jane Darwell
Best Screenplay: Nunnally Johnson
Best Film Editing: Robert L. Simpson
Best Sound: Edmund H. Hansen

Other Awards:
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Picture; Best Director (Ford; also cited for The Long Voyage Home)
National Board of Review: Best Picture

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