Bound for Glory
Frustrated sign painter Woodie Guthrie (David Carradine) leaves his family in Depression-era Texas and heads to California. Work is scarce and hope is even harder to find. But a socially conscious radio performer (Ronny Cox) helps Guthrie bring his music to the masses and inspire generations of Americans. Based on the folk singer's autobiography, the film earned Academy Awards for its lush cinematography and faithful score.
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- Hal Ashby
- 1977 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) nominee
- Best Director (Motion Picture) nominee
- Best Motion Picture (Drama) nominee
- 1977 Academy Award®
- Best Cinematography
- Best Music Score
- Best Film Editing nominee
- Best Picture nominee
- Best Writing Adapted Screenplay nominee
- Best Costume Design nominee
PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
included trivia booklet , trailer(s)
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this dramatization of hardship and poverty in the 1930s includes several scenes of violence -- mostly fistfights and beatings of pro-union activists by company thugs. One minor character is shot, perhaps fatally. Though nothing explicit is shown, it's clear that Woody Guthrie has slept with various women, not just his wife. The political angle of the film is very pro-union, with bullying characters equated with corporations (railroads and agricultural, mainly) who exploit and underpay poor workers.
- Sexual Content
- Nothing explicit, but Woody has clearly been intimate with other women besides his left-behind wife.
- Paid thugs and bullies attack Woody Guthrie and his cohorts in the unionizing movement. Fistfights break out among hobo types in a railroad boxcar and men in a saloon. A train-hopper is shot from a distance.
- "Damn," "bitch," "s--t," "hell," "bastards," and "ass." Plus "God" as an exclamation.
- Social Behavior
- Theme of unselfishly putting one's own personal gain aside to help the downtrodden. Along with that is the unjust exploitation of the poor and desperate in the 1930s that pointed out a need to unionize. An undertone that rich people -- even rich people who want to help -- live in a completely different reality than the working poor.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Social drinking in hobo camps, dinner dates, and saloon environments.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it