Grapes Of Wrath (Special Edition/ CliffNotes Edition)

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This remarkable film version of Steinbeck's novel was nominated for seven Academy AwardsÂ(r), including for Best Picture, Actor (Henry Fonda), Film Editing, Sound and Writing. John Ford won the Best Director OscarÂ(r) and actress Jane Darwell won Best Actress for her portrayal of Ma Joad, the matriarch of the struggling migrant farmer family. Following a prison term he served for manslaughter, Tom Joad returns to find his family homestead overwhelmed by weather and the greed of the banking industry. With little work potential on the horizon of the Oklahoma dust bowls, the entire family packs up and heads for the promised land - California. But the arduous trip and harsh living conditions they encounter offer little hope, and family unity proves as daunting a challenge as any other they face.

Henry Fonda
John Carradine
Running time:
129 min.
Release date: 
Tuesday, August 5, 2008

English: Dolby Digital 2.0, English: Dolby Digital 1.0, Spanish: Dolby Digital 1.0


Audio commentary with film scholar Joseph McBride and Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw
U.K. Prologue (helping to explain to British audiences how the Depression affected the American Midwest)
A&E Biography: Darryl F. Zanuck: 20th Century Filmmaker (45 min.)
Restoration comparison
Still gallery
Original Theatrical Trailer
Movietone News: 3 drought reports from 1934
- 1934: Worst Draught In Many Years Hits Middle West
- 1934: Drought Distress Is Increasing In The Midwest
- 1934: Midwest Draught Distress Becomes National Disaster
- 1941: President Roosevelt Lauds Motion Picture Industry at Academy Fete
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