For Hicksflicks.com, March 14, 2014

"The Grapes of Wrath" (1940, b/w) is one of the films for which John Ford won the best-director Oscar — one of four that Ford won, a record that still stands.

Based on the novel by John Steinbeck and one of the best literary adaptations ever, the film follows poverty-stricken Oklahoma farmers headed for California during the Depression.

Henry Fonda is perfect in what is arguably his most significant everyman role as an ex-con with a conscience, backed up by a great cast of supporting players, led by Jane Darwell (who also won an Oscar), John Carradine, Ward Bond, Tom Tyler and Mae Marsh.

This is one of those films that loses its momentum when watched at home where the phone inevitably rings or someone drops by. But in a theater, without distractions, prepare to be blown away.

It's that good, and every bit as powerful as it was in 1940.

"The Grapes of Wrath" will be screened Sunday, March 16, at 2 p.m., and Wednesday, March 19, for two showings, at 2 and 7 p.m., in several Cinemark Theatres up and down the Wasatch Front.