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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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Director:
Writer:
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:
(8 articles)
User Reviews:
A War Documentary 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
 

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Rated R for drug content
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80 min
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Trivia:
With the exception of the animated chapter headings, this film is comprised entirely of archival footage, films, and videos.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Marijuana (1968)See more »
Soundtrack:
Quit Playing Games With God! (Grass Theme)See more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A War Documentary, 8 November 2000
Author: Hank-68 (hankcanberra@hotmail.com) from Canberra, Australia

'Grass' is a war documentary. From small beginnings, this war has escalated throughout the 20th century, costing billions of dollars, with no resolve in sight.

This sociological piece favors one side, that of legalization, and an end to the war on drugs. 'Grass' raises questions that, whatever your feelings towards the drug, are due for some objective debate. The subject matter is exclusively Grass in America, with only occasional mention of other drugs or countries.

Grass hurtles through a fascinating account of the social and political history of marijuana in the US. Important bills, social movements, and other events are documented in an appropriately mellow manner. The production is mostly stock footage with clever animations dispersed to signal a new law or time period. The soundtrack delivered the required music; 'One toke over the line', some Louis Armstrong and the Peter Tosh classic 'Legalize it'.

While largely focusing on the socio/politics of marijuana there is also an effort to dispel many of the myths of user effects. Humorous interviews and 'informational video's' from all eras show attempts by lobby groups to portray pot as Satan in a plant. It is made clear that there is no evidence that the drug causes insanity, perversion, and homicidal behavior. Just what the drugs effects really are, the documentary admits, is almost entirely unknown.

'Grass' is not a pot adventure; it doesn't advocate use. The focus is a condemnation of American belief that throwing people in jail will change individuals private practices.

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