ford, toland, steinbeck, and fonda – that’s all you really need to say about this one. it’s strange how time changes your perception/memory of a film. i remembered the film being about 20 minutes shorter and i remembered the final shot being one of cars on the horizon rather than of cars coming toward the camera with a danger sign in the foreground; there were also a few scenes that i had no memory of. to my knowledge there aren’t any alternate cuts of the film so it can only be my memory.
ma and tom joad’s speeches at the end are two of the more touching moments in cinema.