• Director

    John Ford

  • With

    Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin

  • USA 1940. 129min

  • Digital

  • Certificate


Though its ending is lighter than that of Steinbeck’s novel, and the politics softened, Ford’s classic remains a remarkably powerful account of Oklahoma tenant farmers – the Joads, forced from their land during the Depression – embarking on a harsh odyssey in search of a better life in California. The performances are superb, but it’s Ford’s lyrical deployment of Gregg Toland’s magnificent cinematography that sticks in the mind.