Journalist Steve O'Malley wants to write a biography of a national hero who died when his car ran off a bridge. Steve receives conflicting reports and tales that make him question what the truth about the hero is.
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
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 »
Director Elia Kazan was initially excited by the prospect of filming on location in the Great Plains, but to save money the producers decided that most of the film would be shot in the studio using rear-screen projections and MGM's vast stock of process footage. See more »
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 »
The "Sea of Grass" was bigger than all of the players of the story and as fragile as the love that the Colonel (Tracey) had for Lutie (Hepburn) and she for him. The Colonel shared with Lutie a vision of the plains has they had been but could not see what could be as he did with his love for her. Lutie, saw the future but could not honor the past. They lost each other as the grass was lost when it wasn't cared for. But as with the plains, the grass could be brought back with care, understanding, and sacrifice. But perhaps most of all with time. Somewhere between the extremes is a middle point but each must leave the extreme to reach the middle. The Colonel and Lutie found the middle point but after many years of standing at the extremes. Each of us can find ourselves in what they had, lost, and regained.
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