IMDb > Grass (1999)
Grass
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Grass (1999) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 8 | slideshow) Videos (see all 3)
Grass -- The history of the American government's war on marijuana in the 20th century.
Grass -- The history of the American government's war on marijuana in the 20th century.

Overview

User Rating:
7.3/10   3,152 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 2% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writer:
Solomon Vesta (writer)
Contact:
View company contact information for Grass on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
14 July 2000 (Spain) See more »
Plot:
The history of the American government's war on marijuana in the 20th century. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
(8 articles)
User Reviews:
Pot 101 See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Woody Harrelson ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry J. Anslinger ... Himself (archive footage)

George Bush ... Himself (archive footage)

Cab Calloway ... Himself (archive footage)

Jimmy Carter ... Himself (archive footage)

Chevy Chase ... Himself (archive footage)

Tommy Chong ... Anthony 'Man' Stoner (archive footage)

Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself (archive footage)

Gerald Ford ... Himself (archive footage)

Jerry Garcia ... Himself (archive footage)

Allen Ginsberg ... Himself (archive footage)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Gene Krupa ... Himself (archive footage)
Fiorello LaGuardia ... Himself (archive footage)
Timothy Leary ... Himself (archive footage)

John Lennon ... Himself (archive footage)

Cheech Marin ... Pedro De Pacas (archive footage)
Gertrude Michael ... Herself (archive footage)

Robert Mitchum ... Himself (archive footage)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)

Yoko Ono ... Herself (archive footage)
Eli Perell ... Additional Voices
Josh Perell ... Additional Voices

Nancy Reagan ... Herself (archive footage)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)
Harry S. Robins ... (voice)
John Sinclair ... Himself (archive footage)
Douglass Smith ... (voice)

Stephanie Zari ... (voice)

Directed by
Ron Mann 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Solomon Vesta  writer

Produced by
Keith Clarkson .... executive producer
Marc Glassman .... associate producer
Sue Len Quon .... co-producer
Ron Mann .... producer
 
Original Music by
Guido Luciani 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Fresco 
 
Film Editing by
Robert Kennedy 
 
Art Direction by
Paul Mavrides 
 
Sound Department
Keith Elliott .... sound re-recording mixer
Mishann Lau .... dialogue editor
Rosnick MacKinnon .... sound
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Tom Trafalski .... sound designer
 
Visual Effects by
David Biedny .... digital rendering
Dave Salter .... animation cameraman
Mark Tureski .... optical effects (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Steve Franko .... colorist
Sue Len Quon .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Bob Casale .... music producer: "Quit Playing Games with God"
Robert Kennedy .... music editor
Elliott Lefko .... music consultant
Guido Luciani .... conductor
Guido Luciani .... orchestrator
Herwig Maurer .... composer: song "Dope Dreams"
Mike Rosnick .... score producer
Ted Rosnick .... score producer
 
Other crew
Craig Baines .... researcher
Simon St. Laurent .... opticals: Film Opticals
Maury Whyte .... graphics coordinator
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
MPAA:
Rated R for drug content
Runtime:
80 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Woody Harrelson narrated this documentary for free.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features "Dragnet 1967" (1967)See more »
Soundtrack:
CocaineSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Pot 101, 16 December 2002
Author: rzajac from Dongshih, Taiwan

Nice that they got Harrelson for the narration (not to mention some of the Firesign guys, etc.).

Perhaps a little *too* boffo at times, but nonetheless a wonderful compendium of pot Americana crafted, accrued, and organized to drive home an important point; what on God's green earth drives this monumental institutional fuss over a weed?

I will look at anything Paul Mavrides (Art Direction) puts his hand to; he's such a monster, gob bless 'im!

For some reason, I'm driven to make a very generic point about this genre of film by highlighting the "inscrutability" of the subject matter. In my mind, "Grass" is in the same category as unexplained phenomena, religion, conspiracies, suppressed inventions, etc. I call it "topic candy", as it pushes the mind to attempt to objectivize the subjective in a fun and frolicsome way. Again: What, after all, *are* the underlying mental/spiritual/social attitudes that fuel marijuana scares, and a kind of concentrated paternalism that makes state socialism look like mom 'n' pop free enterprise by comparison? And attempts by films like "Grass" to attack these kinds of topics is a high-risk game. When you tackle a subject which is, after all, a mental state, you risk appearing irrationally predisposed, but at the same time stand the chance of turning over a rock somewhere in our collective consciousness to find something that is true and illuminating. Which leads to the questions: Does "Grass" take these risks? Yes. Do these risks pay off in "Grass"? My answer: A qualified "maybe". Whether "Grass" succeeds or not isn't as important to me as the fact that it takes those risks. That's really how I feel. And, maybe, that willingness to put things out "on the line" is a kind of success in itself.

If you are a fan of edgy sonics and graphics and have an interest in U.S. anti-drug hysteria, take the time to watch this film. It'll teach you a *few* things you may not have known before. And its highlighting of the mounting national expense for the drug war (fiscal and social) *will* give you serious pause....

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (28 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Grass (1999)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Don Crowe? james-josef
Help?? nchcfu
A few points of criticism willezurmacht24
Jazz Organ song around 36:50 min justnikki84
Updated version?? psychopuppy_36
I watched it yesterday on sat. TV antimatter235
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Milk Frost/Nixon The Weather Underground The Cockettes SLC Punk!
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Documentary section IMDb Canada section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.