It sounds like a kickboxing movie, but Bound for Glory is actually based on Woody Guthrie's memiors of the same title. David Carradine plays Guthrie as he rambles and strums and rambles some more, all the way through the dusty Depression in search of stardom. Lots of travelin'. And on and on for about 2 1/2 hours. Bound for Glory doesn't have so much a story as it does a series of vignettes between bouts of Carradine strumming Guthrie's signature tunes. Hope you like folk music, because there isn't much variety to be found among his music. Neither is there much variety in the scenery (though the film won an Oscar for cinematography): just one dust cloud after another, as we ramble across the country. Hell, the didn't call it the "Depression" for nothing. Check out The Grapes of Wrath for a far more interesting and dramatic look at the past.
Sally Field made us like her, really like her, as the scrappy, titular star of this unionization drama, the true story of a poor textile worker who rallies the troops to vote in the union at her plant. Now awfully dated and more than a little one-sided, Norma Rae is a fine showcase for Field's prodigious acting talents, but it's hardly the classic it's often surmised to be.