The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

Having lost their farm in the Great Depression, the Joad family pack up their remaining possessions and head west to find work. Tom Joad (Henry Fonda in a defining role) is shocked to find conditions in the itinerant camps worse than his recently completed prison sentence, and begins to agitate for the rights of the common man. Adapted from John Steinbeck’s masterpiece, with Gregg Toland’s masterful cinematography, the plight of the Okies remains as relevant now as it was decades ago.

WINNER: Oscars© (Best Director, Best Actress).

Print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive.

The Grapes of Wrath

  • Director: John Ford
  • Year: 1940
  • Run Time: 129 mins
  • Format: 16mm
  • Country: USA
  • Rating: PG