Bound for Glory (1976)

PG   |    |  Biography, Drama, Music


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The early life of Woody Guthrie as a vagabond folk singer.


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Director:

Hal Ashby

Writers:

Robert Getchell (screenplay), Woody Guthrie (autobiography)

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30 October 2001 | raydavies
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| This film was made for you and me
One can go into this film from several different angles, and be rewarded at every turn. You like history? Bound For Glory's depiction of Depression Era life is both accurate and eye-opening. You like music? The perspective gained on one of our nation's greatest songwriters is delightful in a way every man can appreciate. You like against-the-odds stories of rugged individualism? Hope you're hungry. The pace may be criticized as slow, but works in emphasizing the dreariness and despair needed to understand the motivations and emotions that lead to Woody Guthrie's greatness. The deliberate storytelling also reminds one of the manner in which Kurosawa might weave a fable. Which reminds me, David Carradine's performance is inspired. Great film any way you look at it.

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Trivia

David Carradine was living with Barbara Hershey during this time (Hershey had changed her last name to Seagull due to an involvement in an accidental death of the bird) and they had rented a home in the small town of South Haven Kansas which borders northern Oklahoma. Their presence, along with several long haired musicians and film employees, caused quite a stir among the conservative residents of the town. Carradine and others could frequently be seen at the one local ice cream/hamburger place on the highway that ran through the town.


Quotes

Hank - Man in Gas Station: What's the matter?
Carl - Man in Gas Station: Hey, Wood.
Woody Guthrie: Yeah.
Old Man Jenkins - Gas Station Owner: Cherry wine.
Old Man Jenkins - Gas Station Owner: Goddamit, Woody. I got half a notion to pull up stakes and hit the road for California.
Carl - Man in Gas Station: I been thinking about down the Gulf of Mexico... or the Rio Grande valley. Just somewheres I can grow some fruit, ...
Old Man Jenkins - Gas Station Owner: ...


Goofs

Guthrie's singing partner on KFVD radio in Los Angeles was not named Memphis Sue. Her real name was Maxine Crissman, and she was known as "Lefty Lou," because she shared Guthrie's politics and was just as outspoken. In fact, Guthrie was never pressed to stop singing union-organizing songs; the station owner, Frank Burke, was a populist New Dealer who agreed with Guthrie. The reason Woody was fired was because after the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany in 1939, he started singing songs that, mirroring the Communist Party line, denounced the war as a capitalist fraud.


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Biography | Drama | Music

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