In Dubious Battle

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Released 2017

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Director:
James Franco
Released:
2017
Rating:
R
In the California apple country, nine hundred 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, the strike is founded on his tragic idealism-on the "courage never to submit or yield." Published in 1936, In Dubious Battle is considered the first major work of Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck.

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  • 63

    Movie Nation Roger Moore

    As thrilling as it is that Franco got In Dubious Battle made — the title comes from Milton's "Paradise Lost" — and as impressive as the cast list is on paper, his inability to ...

  • 50

    The Hollywood Reporter Boyd van Hoeij

    There is not a lot of risk-taking involved in the visual storytelling or in trying to find a cinematic equivalent of the novel's style, making In Dubious Battle a rather classical ...

  • 50

    Screen International Lee Marshall

    A film that, after its initial promise, descends, at times, into TV-historical-drama mannerisms.

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