Bound for Glory

Bound for Glory

Director: Hal Ashby Cast: David Carradine, Ronny Cox, Melinda Dillon
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Bound for Glory

Adapted by Robert Getchell from Woody Guthrie's autobiography, Hal Ashby's biopic portrays a few pivotal years in the life of the celebrated folk singer and social activist. In the Depression 1930s, Midwesterner Guthrie (David Carradine) plays music locally but cannot make enough as a sign painter to support his wife (Melinda Dillon) and children. With only his paintbrushes, Woody joins the migration westward from the Dust Bowl to supposedly greener California pastures via boxcar and hitchhiking. When penniless Woody is turned back from the California border, he sneaks into the state alone and meets Luther (Randy Quaid), who takes Woody to a farm where hundreds of workers scrounge for a few ill-paid harvesting jobs. When singer Ozark Bole (Ronny Cox) arrives both to entertain and to urge the workers to unionize, Woody joins Ozark in song, fleeing with him after thugs break up the assembly. He lands a job singing with Ozark on the radio, and the two become partners in union agitation. Unable to commit in his personal life as he finds his political voice, Woody brings his family west, but his wife can't tolerate Woody's wandering ways. Reluctant to sell out his ideals for a lucrative career, Woody hits the road again, bringing his songs of freedom and protest to a nationwide audience on his own terms. Opting for atmospheric story-telling over strident polemic, the filmmakers present Guthrie as a complex individual with contradictory virtues and faults. Despite critical praise and nominations for several Oscars, including Best Picture, Bound for Glory proved less than glorious at the box office.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/29/2000
UPC: 0883904126348
Original Release: 1976
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)

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

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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.