The Grapes Of Wrath - What A Great Movie


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By:  john-russell  •  3 years ago  •  8 comments

The Grapes Of Wrath - What A Great Movie

I watched the Grapes Of Wrath recently. I had seen it many years ago but as we know time fades a lot of memory. I looked it again now and came to an inevitable, conclusion, for me. This is one of the greatest movies ever made. The Grapes of Wrath novel by John Steinbeck was a huge success in 1939, selling hundreds of thousands of copies in that one year and winning The Pulitzer Prize. Hollywood sought to make it a movie. 

Producer Darryl F Zanuck obtained the rights to the book , but was worried about the potential ramifications of his studio making a movie that would have to (in order to be faithful to the novel) so heavily criticize capitalism. Zanuck sent investigators to Oklahoma to verify the suffering endured by the tenant farmers there, and convinced of the authenticity in the story, went ahead with the movie. John Ford , a political conservative , was hired to direct the movie due to his known affinity for the poor and working class in Ireland as well as in America. Ford assembled a crack team of screenwriter and cinematographer and set designer for the Grapes Of Wrath and the result is magnificent. John Ford won the Academy Award for Best Director for this film. 

The Grapes Of Wrath presents a stark portrayal of poverty and a community in despair that has rarely if ever been equaled in a major Hollywood film of this stature.

The developments in The Grapes Of Wrath are very straightforward, and the message is out front. "The people" as Ma Joad refers to those like herself and her family, will endure , no matter how much the rich and the uncaring try to keep them down. The novel does not have quite this optimistic ending , and in total The Grapes Of Wrath film is also relentlessly bleak.  

The message shines through though, there is a collective soul which connects us all. 


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1  author  JohnRussell    3 years ago

Frank Nugent   of   The New York Times   wrote:

In the vast library where the celluloid literature of the screen is stored there is one small, uncrowded shelf devoted to the cinema's masterworks, to those films which by dignity of theme and excellence of treatment seem to be of enduring artistry, seem destined to be recalled not merely at the end of their particular year but whenever great motion pictures are mentioned. To that shelf of screen classics Twentieth Century-Fox yesterday added its version of John Steinbeck's   The Grapes of Wrath , adapted by Nunnally Johnson, directed by John Ford and performed at the Rivoli by a cast of such uniform excellence and suitability that we should be doing its other members an injustice by saying it was "headed" by Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine and Russell Simpson. [18] The Grapes of Wrath (film) - Wikipedia
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2  author  JohnRussell    3 years ago

The Grapes Of Wrath is the opposite of  Atlas Shrugged. 

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2.1  JumpDrive  replied to  JohnRussell @2    3 years ago
The Grapes Of Wrath is the opposite of  Atlas Shrugged. 

I had virtually zero exposure to literature in high school & college. I read the Grapes of Wrath as an adult. The Grapes of Wrath is simply awesome. It so enraged the capitalists that Steinbeck was forced to carry a gun. Atlas Shrugged is idiotic. It posits that when the overtaxed titans of industry retreat to their enclave everything falls apart. If the leaders of Exxon, Apple, etc, dropped dead tomorrow, there would be no real effect at all. Others would take over. The graveyards are full of 'indispensable' people. In Atlas Shrugged, the titans of industry come back and save everyone because they have discovered a magic metal and a magic power source. The Grapes of Wrath depicted reality, Atlas Shrugged isn't even grade B scifi. I'm sorry John, but The Grapes of Wrath should not appear in the same sentence with Atlas Shrugged.

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2.1.1  Gordy327  replied to  JumpDrive @2.1    3 years ago
The Grapes of Wrath is simply awesome.

I agree. It's a literary classic and masterpiece. "Of Mice and Men" is another awesome Steinbeck classic.

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3  devangelical    3 years ago

grandpa joad getting all froggy just before he kicks the bucket, then gets left buried on the side of the road, reminds me of some trumpsters. bwah ha ha ha 

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5  SteevieGee    3 years ago

This is the story of my paternal grandparents' lives.  They came to California from Oklahoma in the 30s looking for work.

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6  author  JohnRussell    3 years ago


In this scene we see the birth of empathy and walking in the others shoes. Two minutes earlier the waitress was reluctant to help the poor migrants. But something has caused her to see the other side and she in effect gives the poor children candy. I'm sure she felt better about herself afterward too. 


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