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The Grapes Of Wrath Review

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The Joads are one of many families forced from their mid-West homes to find richer farming in California. En route, the travellers are forced into slave labour, but the Joads refuse to treated with such disrespect.

★★★★★

Adapted from John Steinbeck's novel, The Grapes Of Wrath is easily John Ford's best non-Western - in fact, you could even make a case that it's his best film, full stop. Henry Fonda plays Tom Joad, eldest son of a family of Oklahoma sharecroppers forced by callous landowners to uproot from their farm and search for work in Depression-ridden California.

Cinematographer Gregg Toland perfectly captures the wide open spaces and big skies of rural America, while the normally conservative Ford puts forward a sympathetic but radical plea for workers' rights and freedom for the common people.

Gregg Toland captures the open spaces and big skies of rural America, while the normally conservative Ford puts forward a sympathetic but radical plea for workers' rights and freedom for the people.

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