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Story

Hal Ashby (The Last Detail, Being There) directed this lyrical and affecting 1976 biography of legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie. David Carradine gives a powerful performance as the traveling Depression-era vagabond whose music affected generations. Guthrie is portrayed as an earnest soul whose passion and empathy for the working class spurs him to inspirational heights. Ronny Cox (Deliverance, Beverly Hills Cop) plays a union organizer who sees the value in Guthrie's words and music and persuades him to put his music to good use for the people struggling to earn a living wage. Featuring Melinda Dillon as Guthrie's wife, this easygoing travelogue conveys an authentic sense of period Americana and won Academy Awards for Haskell Wexler's cinematography as well as for the score based on Guthrie's own music. Bound for Glory is an important film to see for anyone in love with the origins of folk music and interested in its place in the 20th century. --Robert Lane

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Widescreen

Cast

David CarradineWoody Guthrie
Ronny CoxOzark Bule
Melinda DillonMary - Woody's Wife / Memphis Sue
Gail StricklandPauline
John LehneLocke - Radio Station Manager
Ji-Tu CumbukaSlim Snedeger - Hobo on Train
Randy QuaidLuther Johnson - Migrant Worker
Elizabeth MaceyLiz - Johnson's Wife
Susan VaillGwen Guthrie
Sarah VaillGwen Guthrie
Alexandra MockSue Guthrie
Kimberly MockSue Guthrie
Miriam Byrd-NetherySick Woman - Water-Swallowing Scene (as Miriam Byrd Nethery)
Jane LambertOther Woman - Water-Swallowing Scene
Jan BurrellOther Woman - Water-Swallowing Scene
Lee McLaughlinHeavy Chandler - 'Insane' Man
Ted GehringConners - Pampa Store Owner
Robert SorrellsCharlie Guthrie - Woody's Father
Guthrie ThomasGeorge Guthrie - Woody's Brother
Wendy SchaalMary Jo Guthrie - Woody's Sister
Delos V. Smith Jr.Old Man Jenkins - Gas Station Owner
David ClennonCarl - Man in Gas Station
Larry LuttrellHank - Man in Gas Station
Beeson CarrollCollister - Gas Station Customer
Mary Kay PlaceSue Ann - Girl in Bar
Tani GuthrieDonna Jo - Woody's California-Bound Neighbor (as Tani Phelps Guthrie)
James O'ConnellJesse - Woody's California-Bound Neighbor
Bruce JohnsonJimmy - Square Dance Caller and Barber
R.A. RondellSteve - Hobo on Train
James JeterCrippled Whitey - Hobo on Train
Clifford A. PellowBill - Chief Railroad Harness Guard (as Cliff Pellow)
Tom HowardRailroad Harness Guard
Chuck KatzakianRailroad Harness Guard
Harry HolcombeMinister
Evelyn RussellWife - Couple in Trailer Automobile
M. Emmet WalshHusband - Couple in Trailer Automobile
Sondra BlakeJudy - Waitress
Brion JamesPick-Up Truck Driver at Border
James CarrollMan at Border (as James Lough)
Tom PetersMan at Border
Raymond GuthHobo in Hobo Camp
Buddy Joe HookerMan - Shot Off Train
James HongChili Joint Owner
Cara CorrenGirl Singer at Migrant Camp
Susan BarnesGirl Singer at Migrant Camp
Bobby BassHead Goon at Migrant Camp
Harvey J. NewmarkMusician
Thomas J. SauberMusician
Lyle RitzMusician
Johana De WinterUnion Organizer (as Johana deWinter)
Gary DowneyUnion Organizer
Jama TegelerGirl at Union Meeting
G. Marie HallerField School Teacher
Leanna Johnson HeathGirl at Stream
Robert GintyArtichoke Picker
Tony BeckerTough Boy on Train
Kip AddotaCocoanut Grove Audition Singer (as Kip Addotta)
Burke ByrnesMr. Graham - Conducting Cocoanut Grove Auditions
Samantha HarperAmy Martin - Conducting Cocoanut Grove Auditions
Read Morgan(scenes deleted)
Carey ExtonMigrant Camp Singer (uncredited)
E.M. FredricMigrant Camp Kid (uncredited)
Bernie KopellBaker - Woody's Agent (uncredited)
Carl D. ParkerBlindman (uncredited)

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Hal Ashby
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 147 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 5, 1976
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 29, 2000
    EuropeSep 15, 2003
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