IN DUBIOUS BATTLE
DIRECTOR James Franco WRITER Matthew Rager PRODUCTION Rabbit Bandini + Ambi
PRODUCER Iris Torres, Vince Jolivette, Scott Reed, Ron Singer
DP Bruce Thierry Cheung PRODUCTION DESIGNER Kristen Adams GAFFER Artem Aleksashenko
CAMERA OPERATORS Jerry Franck, Gregg Easterbrook, Darius Shahmir A-CAM 1st AC Jamiel Van Over EDITORS Aaron I. Butler & Gary Roach COMPOSER Volker Bertelmann
Set in the orchards of California Valley in the dirty '30s, Steinbeck's tale follows two young idealists from "The Party" who are appalled by the orchards' terrible working conditions and set out to organize the fruit pickers. Having arrived from out of town, Mac McLeod (James Franco) and Jim Nolan (Nat Wolff ) are met with skepticism and some outright hostility when they first suggest unionizing. Most of the pickers simply want to work and get paid, even if they are being mercilessly exploited. Mac and Jim realize that their progress depends on convincing local elder Al Anderson (Vincent D'Onofrio). He's a hard nut, but could be won over after Mac helps his daughter-in-law, Lisa (Selena Gomez), when she goes into labour. Surrounding the two activists is a cast of eclectic characters with varying loyalties, among them the ruthless orchard owner (Robert Duvall), who is determined to crack down on any strike action.