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In Dubious Battle (2016)

R | | Drama | 17 February 2017 (USA)
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An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s.

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James Franco

Writers:

Matt Rager (screenplay by) (as Matthew Rager), John Steinbeck (based on the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nat Wolff ... Jim
James Franco ... Mac
Vincent D'Onofrio ... London
Selena Gomez ... Lisa
Ahna O'Reilly ... Edie
Analeigh Tipton ... Vera
Jack Kehler ... Dr. Burton
Scott Haze ... Frank the Foreman
Sam Shepard ... Mr. Anderson
Joel Marsh Garland ... Al
John Savage ... Dan
Robert Duvall ... Bolton
Ed Harris ... Joy
Josh Hutcherson ... Vinnie
Julian De Niro Julian De Niro ... Billy
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In the California apple country, 900 migratory workers rise up "in dubious battle" against the landowners. The group takes on a life of its own - stronger than its individual members and more frightening. Led by the doomed Jim Nolan (Nat Wolff), the strike is founded on his tragic idealism - on the "courage never to submit or yield." Published in 1936, the novel "In Dubious Battle" is considered the first major work of Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck.

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Rated R for some violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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Batalha Incerta See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$213,982
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In order to keep his budget down, James Franco used extras in scenes that should have contained stuntmen. See more »

Goofs

Scene where Mac brushes his teeth, he's using a 21st century white plastic toothbrush with accordion bend. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jim: [narrating] My pop always told me to watch the scales. Said the world will always find a way to cheat the working man. I met Mac McLeod in 1933, and I witnessed up close the price of real change.
Title Card: At the height of The Great Depression, nearly one quarter of Americans were without jobs.
Bolton: [standing on the back of his truck] Gentlemen, ladies, come in, come in. Listen, please. Hear what I have to say, all right? This price cut pains me as much as it pains you. With the market as volatile ...
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: The Disaster Artist (2017) See more »

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Stepping In, Stepping Out
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Which side are you on?
21 February 2017 | by hypersonic8999See all my reviews

One of the best novels by Steinbeck is translated to a powerful film. The struggle of workers to gain labour rights and the birth of unions in the USA.

James Franco has the right credentials to become an amazing director. The film portrays brilliantly the kaleidoscope of feelings of a group of people asking nothing more than to be treated fairly from the people who own everything. This is something the book focuses on, and this adaptation doesn't just present a story, but it carries accurately what Steinbeck tried to portray: The initial fears and hesitations that hold people back from coming together, then the anger and hope that brings them together, the self-doubt as the fight reveals to be a protracted one, and the final push through the desperation and dread to overcome the obstacles.

It's time people remembered that in this life, unfortunately, nothing is given. It is earned with hard-fought battles and sacrifice.

This film is a real gem, not just because it's executed well, but more importantly because it has something important to say, something that all should stop, listen and give it some thought.

Bravo James Franco and everyone else involved in this. You have the guts to stand up and take on a beast that few film-makers ever try to wrestle with.


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