In Dubious Battle (film)
In Dubious Battle is a 2016 drama film directed and produced by James Franco, loosely based on John Steinbeck's novel of the same name, with a screenplay by Matt Rager. The film features an ensemble cast, consisting of Franco, Nat Wolff, Josh Hutcherson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Selena Gomez, Keegan Allen and Ed Harris. The film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 3, 2016.
|In Dubious Battle|
|Directed by||James Franco|
|Screenplay by||Matt Rager|
|Based on||In Dubious Battle|
by John Steinbeck
|Music by||Volker Bertelmann|
|Cinematography||Bruce Thierry Cheung|
|Distributed by||Momentum Pictures|
According to Brian Tallerico of rogerebert.com, "In Dubious Battle is the story of the working class during the Depression, striking against an increasingly cruel establishment in ways that would lead to the formation of workers' rights, including a minimum wage.... Two men...essentially form a union of workers after their wages are cut from $3 a day to $1 a day." The ending is apocalyptic, with management's victory.
- James Franco as Mac McLeod
- Nat Wolff as Jim Nolan
- Josh Hutcherson as Vinnie
- Vincent D'Onofrio as London
- Robert Duvall as Chris Bolton
- Selena Gomez as Lisa London
- Keegan Allen as Keller
- Ed Harris as Joy
- Bryan Cranston as Sheriff
- Sam Shepard as Mr. Anderson
- Zach Braff as Connor
- Ahna O'Reilly as Edith "Edie" Malone
- Analeigh Tipton as Vera
- Scott Haze as Frank
- Alex Morf as Burke
- Danny McBride as Tramp
- Jacob Loeb as Paul
- Ashley Greene as Danni Stevens
- Austin Stowell as Eddie
- Joel Marsh Garland as Al Anderson
- Jack Kehler as Dr Burton
- John Savage as Dan
On January 30, 2015, it was announced that James Franco would not only direct the film but star in it too. Also cast was Vincent D'Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, Selena Gomez, and Danny McBride has joined the production.
On March 16, 2015, Nat Wolff was cast in the lead role of Jim Nolan, the organizer of the strike by apple pickers in California. In the next two days, Josh Hutcherson, Zach Braff, Analeigh Tipton, John Savage, Ashley Greene, and Ahna O'Reilly would join the currently film production. Several days later on March 24, 2015, it was announced that Scott Haze has been cast as Frank.
Principal photography began on March 19, 2015 in Atlanta including Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth, Georgia, filming also took place in Bostwick, Georgia, and Cowiche, Washington. Production on the film ended in September 2015.
A full trailer was released on January 28, 2017.
The film gained mixed reviews at its world premiere, with Owen Gleiberman of Variety noting that Franco "has acquired skills that are beginning to fuse with the best of his instincts." Gleiberman also says that "In Dubious Battle isn't a totally clear-cut good movie, but it's a scrupulous and watchable one. And it makes me think, for the first time, that James Franco has a good movie in him."
Boyd van Hoeij of The Hollywood Reporter simply called the film and Franco as "uneven" but also states that "if In Dubious Battle remains watchable, it's because Wolff really sells his character's doubts, growth and sobering reality checks".
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