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228 Ratings

Bound for Glory

Directed by Hal Ashby
United States, 1976
Drama, Biography, Music


This film is an excellent biography of Woody Guthrie, one of America’s greatest folk singers. He left his dust-devastated Texas home in the 1930s to find work, and discovered the suffering and strength of America’s working class.

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Bound for Glory Directed by Hal Ashby

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1977 | 2 wins including: Best Cinematography

1977 | 4 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1976 | Winner: Best Actor

Writers Guild of America

1977 | Nominee: Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium (Screen)

Critics reviews

Ashby’s Woody Guthrie biopic is memorably beautiful, a big-budget, earnest production from the great director of 70s cynicism and chill. Working with cinematographer Haskell Wexler (who deservedly won an Oscar for his efforts), Ashby’s film is lyrical and epic, sweeping across a sun-baked, dusty America tramped over by hobos, grannies, and blind men, desperate Americans on their way to California.
December 14, 2016
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Ambitious and visually striking, “Bound for Glory” set out to amplify, if not remake, the movie that most impressed its hero: John Ford’s “The Grapes of Wrath” (1940). There is even a direct family connection: Mr. Carradine’s father, John Carradine, played Preacher Casey in Mr. Ford’s film. But unlike his father, David Carradine gives a restrained, even enigmatic, performance, effectively tempering the movie’s hagiographic impulses.
February 19, 2016
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