In Dubious Battle



Sequoia 1 Sun, Oct 9, 2016 5:00 PM
Rafael 1 Fri, Oct 14, 2016 1:00 PM
Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:110 min.
Premiere Status:US
Director:James Franco
Producer:Monika Bacardi
James Franco
Andrea Iervolino
Vince Jolivette
Scott Reed
Ron Singer
Screenwriter:Matt Rager
Cinematographer:Bruce Thierry Cheung
Editor:Aaron I. Butler
Gary Roach
Cast:James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio
Selena Gomez
Josh Hutcherson
Bryan Cranston
Nat Wolff
Print Source:AMBI Distribution
Note Writer:Sterling Hedgpeth


“Which side are you on? Which side are you on?” So inquires the famous worker’s rights song that echoes through actor/director James Franco’s powerful and passionate adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Depression-era novel about fruit pickers organizing for a strike. In a bid to create economic equality in a fertile California valley, a neophyte party member joins forces with a professional labor agitator. After they infiltrate a group of apple pickers (led by Vincent d’Onofrio, in a fabulous supporting role) and encourage a strike for better wages, the retribution from the landowners is swift and brutal. But does fighting for justice justify ethically murky measures? In Dubious Battle offers no easy answers, but between the stunning cinematography and excellent support from Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, and Selena Gomez, the film joins John Ford’s The Grapes of Wrath and John Sayles’ Matewan in evoking the strength of the human spirit in the face of exploitation.

Guest in attendance 10/9: James Franco (director, actor)

There will be a ticketed reception preceding the 10/9 screening of the film at Zener Schon Gallery (Mill Valley Filmmaker Lounge) with director James Franco in attendance.

Additional Information

James Franco is an Academy Award nominated actor, director, screenwriter, producer, teacher and author. He began his career on Freaks And Geeks and in the biographical film James Dean. Notable film credits include Oz The Great And Powerful, Spring Breakers, Harry Osborn in the Spider-Man trilogy, Milk, This Is The End, Pineapple Express and 127 HOURS. He has directed and produced several features including Child Of God, As I Lay Dying, Zeroville, Saturday Night, and In Dubious Battle.