The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Adapted from John Steinbeck's novel, this classic drama shows how the Great Depression affects one American family. Evicted from their Oklahoma farm homes, the Joads head West to seek work, but two die during the journey. In California,… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: March 15, 1940
DVD Release Date: April 6, 2004
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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.

Otis Ferguson
The New Republic

Movies will probably go on improving and broadening themselves; but in any event, The Grapes of Wrath is the most mature picture story that has ever been made, in feeling, in purpose, and in the use of the medium.

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John C. Flinn Sr.

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

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Basil Wright
The Spectator

The Grapes of Wrath is, in fact, the greatest master- piece the screen has ever produced; in it John Ford has established in vivid and inescapable terms the knowledge of good and evil.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Ford's admirers have rightly tended to play this down in favor of his later and more personal westerns, but there's much to admire here in Gregg Toland's sun-beaten photography and Henry Fonda's meticulous performance.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

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

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Powerful look at the Depression and the poor.

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Whittaker Chambers
TIME Magazine

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

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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

The Grapes of Wrath is just about as good as any picture has a right to be; if it were any better, we just wouldn't believe our eyes.

Franz Hoellering
The Nation

The Grapes of Wrath is Hollywood's most distinguished offering.

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Carlos Magalh„es
Ford and Johnson were able to transpose Steinbeck's masterpiece into a splendid film that preserves the book's essence (even with a different, upbeat… More
Melvin White
Casy: I wouldn't pray just for a old man that's dead, 'cause he's all right. If I was to pray, I'd pray for folks that's alive and… More
Eric Shankle
It can be a bit slow and some scenes are unnecessary, but this is usually the case with all films this old. On the other hand, it's well made and at times… More
KJ Proulx
The Grapes Of Wrath is one of the greatest films that I have ever seen. During the great depression, a suffering family is forced to move out of their homes as… More
Graham Jones
An amazing film. Just as relevant today.
Dan Schultz
A bonafide classic which serves as a forceful reminder to the importance of family, employment, and a civilization fighting together to survive amongst Hellish… More