The Grapes of Wrath

My wife and I watched “The Grapes of Wrath” recently and while it was a bit tedious at times, it packed some powerful and therapeutic messages for me.

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The Grapes of Wrath
Cast

Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin

Directed by

John Ford

Written by

Nunnally Johnson, John Steinbeck

Other Info

Drama, History
Approved
Fri 15 Mar 1940 UTC
129min
IMDB Rating: 8.1

The adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel was about the Joads, a family from Oklahoma, traveling in the 40’s to find work. It is during the ferocious dust bowl period that made farmers’ land fallow. Those who once owned the farms were now vagrant/migrant workers. The greed and selfishness of the banks and landowners is an eerie backdrop to this realistic fiction. With our country in such financial crisis it seems it could return to this. Maybe it’s not so bad to be afraid of that.

The whole “aura” of the movie always gets to me emotionally because my grandpa came to Bakersfield, CA from Arkansas when my dad was just a kid. Certainly my dad was younger than Tom Joad being born in 1945. I see the Joads as “my people.” It is quite a powerful movie when you really connect with the messages. Those messages re about life, death, family, faith, hard work, government, and more.

Favorite scene: When the Joads ask to buy a loaf of bread for a dime in a diner. They are told the bread is 15 cents a loaf and not for sale anyway. This being all they had, the storekeeper lets them have it for 10 and lies about how much the candy costs so the Joad kids can have some swirl sticks. The movie is great from beginning to end, but that scene is forever etched into my mind.

Author: Damien Riley

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1 thought on “The Grapes of Wrath”

  1. It is a great story. I’ve red the book and seen the movie, at least one version, two or three times. I’ve also traveled Route 66 from Ashfork, Arizona to Kingman by car, two different motorcycles, and once on a tandem bicycle. I felt closer to the Joad family on the bike. There was an abundance of time to absorb what was going on around me.

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