Wednesday, September 24, 2014

#554 The Grapes of Wrath

I read this book about ten years ago, and there are only two parts from the book that I really remember. The part when this woman lets them buy candy for two for a penny, and the ending when Rose-of-Sharon's baby is stillborn and she breastfeeds a starving man in a barn. This movie showed the first part exactly how I remember from the book, but since this was the 1940s, they didn't even have a scene that implied the ending of the book. Instead, the movie has more of a hopeful ending. This movie makes me really glad that I do not live during the Great Depression. The scene when Ma Joad is cooking for her family and this big group of starving children come asking for food is so sad! The Joad clan has to worry about starvation and family members dying and local people who want to keep the "Okies" out, all so they can go to California, even though they know that there aren't any more jobs. Henry Fonda is great as always as Tom Joad. He is always great at playing hero, and you can't help but root for him. I watched this movie earlier where he played a prisoner who kills a priest so he can escape prison, but you still wanted him to get away with it! He was also terribly handsome when he was young, so that might also have something to do with it...

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