The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath
  • NR
  • 2h 9m
  • 1940
Certified Fresh100%
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Oklahoma in the thirties is a dustbowl and dispossessed farmers migrate westward to California. After terrible trials en route they become little more than slave labor. Among the throng are the Joads who refuse to knuckle under. An account of a depression-era family's migration to the greener pastures of California based on the novel by John Steinbeck. An Account Of A Depression-Era Family'S Migration To The Greener Pastures Of California Based On The Novel By John Steinbeck.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh100%
Critics Consensus: A potent drama that is as socially important today as when it was made, The Grapes of Wrath is affecting, moving, and deservedly considered an American classic.
The New Republic
Otis Ferguson

Movies will probably go on improving and broadening themselves; but in any event, The Grapes of Wr...

June 22, 2017
TIME Magazine
Whittaker Chambers

The Grapes of Wrath is possibly the best picture ever made from a so-so book.

June 21, 2017
John C. Flinn Sr.

It is an absorbing, tense melodrama, starkly realistic, and loaded with social and political firew...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Derek Adams

Captures the stark plainness of the migrants, stripped to a few possessions, left with innumerable...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Classic John Steinbeck adaptation is still powerful.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Grapes of Wrath is the classic John Ford-directed adaptation of the classic John Steinbeck novel. There are some brief moments of violence throughout the film: A woman is accidentally shot and killed by a police officer, police and "Okies" do battle with fists and billy clubs, and a man threatens to kill another man with a rifle as he's on the verge of bulldozing his home. Also, as it's a movie from 1940 set during the Great Depression, there is some smoking and tobacco chewing. Overall, for 21st-century families, this film is still an all-important chronicle of a difficult time in American history and raises still-relevant questions about poverty, farm work, and the enormous gaps between the rich and the poor, in this country and throughout the world.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:March 15, 1940
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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