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The Grapes of Wrath is a drama film that follows a Midwestern family as they travel to California in hopes of a better life during the Great Depression. The storyline tells the story of the Joads, Oklahoma natives, who lose their farm during the Great Depression and have an arduous journey across America to California in search of a better life. Once they get there, they end up becoming migrant workers. Directed by John Ford. Starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Shirley Mills, John Qualen, and Eddie Quillan. Based on the novel of the same name by John Steinbeck.

The Grapes of Wrath is listed in the National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". It won two Oscars for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Darwell) and Best Director. The film also received five additional nominations for Oscar awards. The movie is widely considered as one of the best films ever created. Read some quotes from the film The Grapes of Wrath below.


Casy: You don' know what you're a-doin'.
Tom Joad: That Casy. He might have been a preacher but he seen things clear. He was like a lantern. He helped me to see things clear.
Casy: Maybe there ain't no sin and there ain't no virtue, they's just what people does. Some things folks do is nice and some ain't so nice, and that's all any man's got a right to say.
Grandpa Joad: It's my dirt! Eh-heh! No good, but it's - it's mine, all mine.
Al Joad: Ain't you gonna look back, Ma? Give the ol' place a last look?
Ma Joad: We're going' to California, ain't we? All right then let's go to California.
Al Joad: That don't sound like you, Ma. You never was like that before.
Ma Joad: I never had my house pushed over before. Never had my family stuck out on the road. Never had to lose everything I had in life.
Tom Joad: If there was a law, they was workin' with maybe we could take it, but it ain't the law. They're workin' away our spirits, tryin' to make us cringe and crawl, takin' away our decency.
Ma Joad: Rich fellas come up an' they die, an' their kids ain't no good an' they die out. But we keep a'comin'. We're the people that live. They can't wipe us out; they can't lick us. We'll go on forever, Pa, 'cause we're the people.
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 don't know which way to turn.
Ma Joad: Well, Pa, a woman can change better'n a man. A man lives sorta - well, in jerks. Baby's born or somebody dies, and that's a jerk. He gets a farm or loses it, and that's a jerk. With a woman, it's all in one flow, like a stream - little eddies and waterfalls - but the river, it goes right on. Woman looks at it thata way.
Grandpa Joad: I smell spare ribs. Somebody's been eatin' spare ribs. How come I ain't got none?
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