• Bound for Glory (2001)

Bound for Glory

Release Date: November 9th, 2001

DVD Release Date: February 29th, 2000

PG |2 hr 27 min

Plot Summary

The Dust Bowl overtakes his native Oklahoma in the early 1930s, and struggling young musician Woody Guthrie (David Carradine) leaves his wife, Mary (Melinda Dillon), to join the great westward migration to southern California. When he meets singer and union agitator Ozark Bule (Ronny Cox), Guthrie finds his populist political voice -- but at the expense of his personal life. Director Hal Ashby adapted this biopic from Guthrie's 1943 autobiography of the same title.

Cast: David Carradine, Ronny Cox, Melinda Dillon, Gail Strickland, John Lehne, Randy Quaid, Elizabeth Macey, Susan Vaill

Director: Hal Ashby

Genres: Biography

Production Co: United Artists

Keywords: 1940s , 1930s , Transformation , Underdog , Wife ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Time Out

    An overlong, sentimental and lifeless biopic of Woody Guthrie. show more

  • 80
    Nick DawsonEmpire

    With Haskell Wexler's splendid photography and Leonard Rosenman's fine score, the film provides a poetic yet authentic view of Depression-era America with the symbolic figure of Guthrie (an impressive David Carradine) at its very centre. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    One of the best-looking films ever made, in its photography, in its use of locations, in its recreation of the America that Woody Guthrie discovered. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Film Editing
Winner Cinematography
Winner Music (Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Adaptation Score)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)