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The Sea of Grass (1947)

Passed  -  Drama | Western  -  25 April 1947 (USA)
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This western begins with St. Louis resident Lutie Cameron (Katharine Hepburn) marrying New Mexico cattleman Col. James B. 'Jim' Brewton (Spencer Tracy) after a short courtship. When she ... See full summary »

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Jeff, Cook on Brewton Ranch
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William 'Bill' Phillips ...
Banty, Brewton Ranch Hand (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)
Robert Armstrong ...
Floyd McCurtin (Brewton's attorney)
James Bell ...
Sam Hall, Homesteader
Robert Barrat ...
Charles Trowbridge ...
Russell Hicks ...
Trevor Bardette ...
Andy Boggs, Homesteader
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This western begins with St. Louis resident Lutie Cameron (Katharine Hepburn) marrying New Mexico cattleman Col. James B. 'Jim' Brewton (Spencer Tracy) after a short courtship. When she arrives in "Salt Fork, NM" she finds that her new husband is considered by the locals to be a tyrant who uses force to keep homesteaders off the government owned land he uses for grazing his cattle--the so-called Sea of Grass. Lutie, has difficulty reconciling her husband's beliefs and passions with her own. Written by kzmckeown

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Spencer Tracy. Cattle baron . . ruthless, rugged! Katharine Hepburn. Fiery . . . fascinating gal from St. Louis! Robert Walker. Gun-shooting and gambling fool! Melvyn Douglas. He knew women! Soft words, Soft looks! See more »

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Drama | Western

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25 April 1947 (USA)  »

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Endlos ist die Prärie  »

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In his autobiography, Elia Kazan said of this film: "It's the only picture I've ever made that I'm ashamed of. Don't see it." See more »

Quotes

Brice Chamberlain: Why do women insist on loving men for what they want them to be instead of what they are?
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Card at beginning: This story takes place for the most part against the background of the sea of grass - that vast grazing empire which once covered the western part of north America from the great plains to the rocky mountains, and beyond. See more »

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Featured in Katharine Hepburn: All About Me (1993) See more »

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A film about flawed human beings
20 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I tuned into this film on TCM expecting to see a familiar prairie epic about Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy fighting the heroic fight against the elements. What I got was a film about two flawed and vulnerable human beings who made a series of disastrously bad personal and parental decisions. Even though there was a lot of talk about Col. Brewton's (Tracy) attachment to the "grass"and being a cattleman, the story of the Brewton's failed marriage could have taken place in Baltimore. It was nice to see both Hepburn and Tracy acting in flawed ways and out of character. From the looks of it, Tracy was uncomfortable in the role. But Hepburn is the better actor here and her predicament is more poignant. It's an odd and interesting film that's well worth seeing.


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