Overall Rank: 209
Average Rating: 3.2/4
# of Ratings: 160
Theatrical Release Date: 03/15/1940
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: John Ford
Actors: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Dorris Bowdon, Eddie Quillan, John Qualen
Plot: During the Great Depression, a Midwest family struggles to make it as they make their way to California, only to find it is has the same economic depression.
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/07/2019
With terrific performances and John Ford's masterful direction, this adaptation of John Steinbeck's Depression-era novel about broken hearts and shattered American dreams is the best type of classic drama you could ask for.
SteelCity99 - wrote on 04/21/2018
There will hardly be a better film about the power of family. Perhaps this is John Ford's most personal film ever. 90/100
Gabe - wrote on 05/26/2014
I'll admit I came into this with fairly low expectations. I've never read the book and this just didn't seem like my cup of tea. However, it moves along at a decent pace and it keeps you entertained throughout. Henry Fonda is great as Tom Joad. John Ford, Academy Award for Best Director, shows once again why he's a master. Jane Darwell, as Ma won the Academy Award for Supporting Actress. I saw this on TCM and Robert Osborn said that Ford changed the ending to end on a more upbeat note. I recommend this to all, to see how, with family, you can persevere through all of life's struggles.
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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 04/13/2013
"Human being wouldn't live the way they do. Human being couldn't stand to be so miserable." Touching, funny, realistic and a masterpiece. Tom (Fonda) gets paroled and goes looking for his parents. Excellent screenplay with lines from Casy - "I ain't so sure o' things.""Some things folks do is nice and some ain't so nice, and that's all any man's got a right to say." Muley - "Ever'body got to get off." and "That's what make it our'n, bein' born on it,...and workin' on it,...and and dying' on it!" Ma - "They hurt you and you get mad...and then you get mean...and they hurt you again...and you get meaner, and meaner till you ain't no boy or no man any more, but just a walkin' chunk a mean-mad." and from Tom - "Not much but we had it."
Spectacular performances from Jane Darwell and …
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