Bound for Glory
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Adapted by Robert Getchell from Woody Guthrie's autobiography, Hal Ashby's biopic portrays a few pivotal years in the life of the celebrated folk singer and social activist. In the Depression 1930s, Midwesterner Guthrie (David Carradine) plays music locally but cannot make enough as a sign painter to support his wife (Melinda Dillon) and children. With only his paintbrushes, Woody joins the migration westward from the Dust Bowl to supposedly greener California pastures via boxcar and hitchhiking. When penniless Woody is turned back from the California border, he sneaks into the state… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"One half of a very good movie."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A moving, brilliantly photographed picture that portrays the legendary eccentric folksinger Woody Guthrie in a trip across Depression-era America."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A remarkably touching and humane film about Woody Guthrie"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Bound for Glory is outstanding biographical cinema, not only of the late Woody Guthrie but also of the 1930s Depression era which served to disillusion, inspire and radicalize him and millions of other Americans."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Though made with an eye for the Bicentennial, this biopic of folk singer and union organizer Woody Guthrie didn't make any attempt to speak to contemporary viewers, which might explain its box-office failure."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The major strengths of the movie are Haskell Wexler's cinematography and the score (both of which deservedly picked up Oscars): they create a sense of time and place perfectly in accord with the story."
‑ , Film4
"An overlong, sentimental and lifeless biopic of Woody Guthrie."
‑ , Time Out
"Hope you like folk music, because there isn't much variety to be found among his music. Neither is there much variety in the scenery."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Elegant, shamefully forgotten celebration of one of America's true patriots."
‑ Jonathan R. Perry, Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
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