'The Grapes of Wrath', the Oscar winning cinematic adaptation of of Nobel Prize-winner John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of dirt-poor Dust Bowl migrants by 4-time Oscar-winning director John Ford will be screened at 6 pm on October 21 at the American Centre, Colombo-03.
Starring Henry Fonda as Tom Joad, who opens the movie returning to his Oklahoma home after serving jail time for manslaughter. Enroute, Tom meets family friend Casey (John Carradine), a former preacher who warns Tom that dust storms, crop failures, and new agricultural methods have financially decimated the once prosperous Oklahoma farmland. Upon returning to his family farm, Tom is greeted by his mother (Oscar-winner Jane Darwell), who tells him that the family is packing up for the "promised land" of California.
Warned that they shouldn't expect a warm welcome in California--they've already seen the caravan of dispirited farmers, heading back home after striking out at finding work--the Joads push on all the same. The film won the Best Director for John Ford and Best Supporting Actress (Jane Darwell) at Academy Awards 1940 in addition to five other nominations. The others in the cast include John Carradine, Charles Grapewin, Russell Simpson and O. Z. Whitehead and The Grapes of Wrath' is produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.