In Dubious Battle

In Dubious Battle

DVD - 2017
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Set in California apple country in the 1930s, nine hundred migratory workers rise up and join forces to protest unfair wages and working conditions. As the labor strike wears on and conflict grows between the apple pickers and the local growers' association, what begins as a fight for their rights turns into an all-out battle for survival in this star-studded retelling of John Steinbeck's beloved novel.

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hammer59
Nov 02, 2017

Hail Franco for directing such a film! It portrays the Dark Ages of American labor, and the exploitation of common Americans prior to legislation at the Federal level to protect and empower workers prior to the formation of Unions. The war against the working man is constantly championed by the GOP and aided by a fearful and misinformed public. That so many gifted "A-list" actors chose to appear in this film is heartening. Tragically, the Unions in America have been decimated---unlike Germany, France and the UK. Skilled labor isn't cheap....and cheap labor isn't skilled.

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laphampeak
Oct 10, 2017

Well done drama about low wage apple pickers and their decision to strike. I guess Steinbeck had labor intended the strike from an organized group as a form of Communism. I took from the film version that it was at a time when groups organized to eventually form Unions. Workers rights and fair wages is a perpetual problem. It's been said that Steinbeck forms the strike as man's battle with himself. Fabulous actors!!!

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ramrob_0
Oct 05, 2017

Excellent movie.The story is how people were treated, before they had the right to have unions.

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22METZ
Sep 03, 2017

Good movie. The ending let's you know why the movie was called in dubious battle.

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LauraSteinert
May 27, 2017

Completely unrecognizable as "Grapes of Wrath" but still a well told tale of a horrid period of greed and despair in our recent history. It seems especially important in 2017 when our government appears to be turning against the poor and guarding the top 1%'s profit margins.

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