What Parents Need to Know
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.
- Families can talk about how Woody Guthrie puts his activism and a life of uncertainty ahead of having an easy existence as a music superstar. Can you imagine doing that yourself? Is Guthrie a role model?
- What is this movie's message about unions? Do you think it is an accurate representation of the issues? Are there any stereotypes in this film?