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The Migrants

The Migrants is a CBS television movie that was broadcast on February 3, 1974.

The Migrants
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Written by Lanford Wilson
Story by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Tom Gries
Starring Cloris Leachman
Ron Howard
Sissy Spacek
Theme music composer Billy Goldenberg
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Tom Gries
Paul Helmick
Cinematography Richard C. Kratina
Editor(s) Bud S. Isaacs
Running time 90 minutes
Production company(s) D'Antoni Productions
Metromedia Productions
Original network CBS
Original release February 4, 1972 (USA)



A family of migratory farm workers travels the country performing seasonal work.



Filming took place in Vineland, New Jersey.[1]


New York Times reviewer Cyclops criticized the fact that many of the usual Tennessee Williams elements were missing.[2] Howard Rosenberg of the Los Angeles Times, however, placed the movie on his list of the 30 best TV movies.[3]


Cloris Leachman was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Lead Actress in a Drama at the 26th Primetime Emmy Awards for her performance as Viola Barlow.


  1. ^ "The Migrants (TV Movie 1974)" – via
  2. ^ Cyclops (3 February 1974). "The World of the Joads Is Still With Us" – via
  3. ^ ROSENBERG, HOWARD (23 April 1989). "THE CRITICAL VIEW : 30 of the Best From an Uneven Collection" – via LA Times.

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