Bound for Glory (film)

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Bound for Glory
Bound for glory Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster by Tom Jung
Directed by Hal Ashby
Produced by Robert F. Blumofe
Harold Leventhal
Screenplay by Robert Getchell
Story by Woody Guthrie
Starring David Carradine
Ronny Cox
Melinda Dillon
Gail Strickland
Cinematography Haskell Wexler
Editing by Pembroke J. Herring
Robert C. Jones
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • December 5, 1976 (1976-12-05) (United States)
Running time 147 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Bound for Glory is a 1976 American film directed by Hal Ashby and loosely adapted by Robert Getchell from Woody Guthrie's 1943 autobiography Bound for Glory. The film stars David Carradine as folk singer Woody Guthrie and Ronny Cox, Melinda Dillon, Gail Strickland, John Lehne, Ji-Tu Cumbuka and Randy Quaid.[1]

Bound for Glory was the first motion picture in which inventor/operator Garrett Brown used his new Steadicam for filming moving scenes.[2] Director of Photography Haskell Wexler won an Oscar for Best Cinematography (1976).

All of the main events and characters, except for Guthrie and his first wife, Mary, are entirely fictional. The film ends with Guthrie singing his most famous song, "God Blessed America" (subsequently retitled "This Land Is Your Land"), on his way to New York, but, in fact, the song was composed in New York in 1940 and forgotten by him until five years later.

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Much of the film is based on Guthrie's attempt to humanize the desperate Okie Dust Bowl refugees in California during the Great Depression. Many of the scenes were filmed in and around Bakersfield and Kern County, actual places of Dust Bowl strife and settlement. Most of the Texas town of Pampa was filmed in Isleton, CA, a small Delta town with an old main street. Guthrie is best known for his very popular folk songs, most notably, "This Land Is Your Land".

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