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Bound for Glory
     

Bound for Glory

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Director: Hal Ashby

Cast: David Carradine, Ronny Cox, Melinda Dillon

 

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Hal Ashby's depiction of legendary folksinger Woody Guthrie in this film is a gutsy and unromanticized view of both a complicated personality and the time in which he lived. Starring David Carradine as Woody Guthrie, the film follows events chronicled in Guthrie's own diary and features much of his music, adapted by Leonard Rosenman for the screen. The Dolby Mono

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Hal Ashby's depiction of legendary folksinger Woody Guthrie in this film is a gutsy and unromanticized view of both a complicated personality and the time in which he lived. Starring David Carradine as Woody Guthrie, the film follows events chronicled in Guthrie's own diary and features much of his music, adapted by Leonard Rosenman for the screen. The Dolby Mono audio track does little to showcase this major feature of the film and all that can be said for it is that the dialogue is clearly translated. As far as the image goes, there is a grainy, washed-out quality to the transfer and although the setting of a dusty heartland America may account for some of this, a lack of attention to detail on the part of MGM is also probably a factor. The disc is haphazardly packaged with a "collector's booklet," which in reality is only a tiny, two-page information guide with background info on the setting, as well as history and quotes from Ashby and producer Harold Leventhal on production details such as the use of Guthrie's diary. This information could have been placed directly on the disc, as could cast and crew information and a theatrical trailer, neither of which appear here. There needs to be more effort made with the presentation of such American classics as Bound for Glory, or it is likely that many will be lost to DVD audiences.

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One of America's most powerful troubadours was the legendary folk-singing social activist Woody Guthrie, and this lushly photographed and carefully told tale presents him honestly, warts and all. Using Guthrie's own words and music, screenwriter Robert Getchell and director Hal Ashby recreate the pivotal Great Depression years during which Guthrie left the Dust Bowl for California, took up singing, and got involved in union organizing. David Carradine's portrayal of Guthrie is deeply affecting but never maudlin. The filmmakers put considerable effort into portraying Guthrie's personal failings as part of his authentic humanity. The great cinematographer Haskell Wexler won an Academy Award for his mythic American landscapes, and Bound for Glory was nominated for five other Oscars. Some critics unfairly compared the film to the classic The Grapes of Wrath, with which it shares subject matter and viewpoint. Bound for Glory is a rare latter-day portrait of social unrest and progressive populism in the United States.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/29/2000
UPC:
0027616799920
Original Release:
1976
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
2:26:00

Special Features

Original Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Carradine Woody Guthrie
Ronny Cox Ozark Bule
Melinda Dillon Mary Guthrie
Gail Strickland Pauline
John Lehne Locke
Ji-Tu Cumbuka Slim Snedeger
Randy Quaid Luther Johnson
Elizabeth Macey Liz Johnson
Allan Miller Agent
Mary Kay Place Actor
M. Emmet Walsh Actor
Ted Gehring Connors
James Hong Actor
Lee Mc Laughlin Heavy Chandler

Technical Credits
Hal Ashby Director
James I. Berkey Set Decoration/Design
Robert F. Blumofe Producer
Rick Carter Production Designer
Robert Getchell Screenwriter
Robert Glass Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Haller Production Designer
Pembroke J. Herring Editor
Robert Jones Editor
Robert Knudson Sound/Sound Designer
Harold Leventhal Producer
Charles B. Mulvehill Producer
Charles A. Myers Asst. Director
Leonard Rosenman Musical Arrangement
James Spencer Production Designer
William Theiss Costumes/Costume Designer
Donald Thorin Camera Operator
Dan Wallin Sound/Sound Designer
Jeff Wexler Sound/Sound Designer
Haskell Wexler Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/Title/Fortune [5:06]
2. Healer Or Talker? [5:51]
3. Hard Times [2:27]
4. Sassy Sign Painter [3:19]
5. "I'm Insane!" [3:13]
6. Square Dance Fiddler [1:18]
7. "Dirt Won't Hurt" [2:53]
8. After The Storm [2:38]
9. A Hard Decision [4:30]
10. Beats Walking"|00:04:35|}
11. Boxcar Brawl [1:26]
12. California Dreaming [4:00]
13. Busting Vagrants [5:07]
14. No Work, No Charity [2:15]
15. A Real Smooth Talker [3:05]
16. State Line Blockade [3:17]
17. Hanging On For Life [1:51]
18. Chili & Advice [2:12]
19. Another Poor Family [2:03]
20. "Ladies Aid Society" [5:23]
21. Turned Down Again [3:57]
22. Asking For A Date [2:11]
23. Ozark The Organizer [1:36]
24. Found At A Hoedown [4:20]
25. "You Have The Job!" [6:53]
26. Gaining Respect [2:14]
27. Farm Aid [2:17]
28. Rich & Poor [2:27]
29. "Join The Union!" [:49]
30. Falling In Love [3:45]
31. Time To Call Home [3:43]
32. "Field School" [1:25]
33. Woody & Memphis Sue [1:31]
34. In The Money [2:26]
35. Spreading The Word [2:14]
36. Worried Wife [2:25]
37. "Keep Up The Music" [4:04]
38. Riding The Rails Again [2:10]
39. Money Corrupts [1:52]
40. "I Don't Need You!" [4:20]
41. Mary & Kids Leave [4:12]
42. Blowing A Big Chance [3:42]
43. "Ramblin' Is My Game" [3:03]
44. End Credits [2:48]

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Bound for Glory 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MaineMusician More than 1 year ago
This is a deeply moving, well done film. Anyone who loves the music of Woody Guthrie, or is interested in Depression Era films, should see this movie. I have shown it to HS students for discussion and they all enjoyed watching it.