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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.

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Solomon Vesta (writer)
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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:
(7 articles)
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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)
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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
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for drug content
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80 min
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Trivia:
Woody Harrelson narrated this documentary for free.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Marihuana (1936/I)See more »
Soundtrack:
Barnyard in OrbitSee more »

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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Highly entertaining; moderately scholarly., 14 May 2005
Author: Claudia King (agentclaudia) from New Jersey, United States

I watched this right after completing a research paper on marijuana policy, and it was certainly a nice break after working entirely out of dry text. Much easier on the eyes than hundreds of pages of tiny type.

There certainly is a lot of stuff this movie left out, including some of the funnier things (such as the marijuana murder trials of 1938, or the 120-second Congressional hearings for the passage of the Marihuana Tax Act), but it definitely gets the point across in a colorful, often rather silly way complete with movie clips, weird songs, goofy video-game graphics, old-ranting-politician footage, and some of the more ludicrous public service announcements. The cultural bent makes it much less dry than most of the strictly historical, legal and political reading I've done, which is saying a bit as the legal history is pretty entertaining.

Just in case you somehow miss the point (or forget about it while watching Cab Calloway tap-dance), Grass makes a heavy point of repeatedly pointing out the escalating amounts of money spent on this unobtrusive little weed, and highlights the blatant lies the public has been subjected to over the past century by reiterating "The Truth" for every decade or so.

The only real downside to the movie is that it skipped over the disclaimer that every marijuana decriminalization piece really needs to have in it somewhere: There is no such thing as an entirely safe drug.

In conclusion, I would recommend this movie quite highly if you're looking to be introduced to the subject in a tolerably entertaining fashion, or if you're sick of reading and want something a little more audially/visually stimulating. For real information on the drug, however, I'd recommend reading "Marihuana: a Signal of Misunderstanding" instead.

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