|Bound for Glory|
Theatrical release poster by Tom Jung
|Directed by||Hal Ashby|
|Produced by||Robert F. Blumofe
|Screenplay by||Robert Getchell|
|Story by||Woody Guthrie|
|Editing by||Pembroke J. Herring
Robert C. Jones
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Running time||147 minutes|
Bound for Glory is a 1976 American biographical film directed by Hal Ashby and 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.
Bound for Glory was the first motion picture in which inventor/operator Garrett Brown used his new Steadicam for filming moving scenes. Director of Photography Haskell Wexler won an Oscar for Best Cinematography (1976).
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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